ALICE JEAN (SNYDER) CARTER Oct. 5, 1931 – May 15, 2022
Alice Jean (Snyder) Carter was born on Monday, October 5, 1931, to Ralph and Lillian Snyder, a Methodist minister and his wife, who were serving a small church in Newcastle, Wyoming. Alice was the youngest of three children, and she spent most of her childhood in small towns in Wyoming where she was involved in church activities, piano lessons, and Girl Scouts. She loved the outdoors, camping, bird watching, and crafts; loves that stayed with her for the rest of her life.
After graduating from High School, she began her college career at the Colorado State College of Education, now known as Northern Colorado University in Greeley, Colorado. It was there that she met her best friend and spouse of 41 years, Glenn Carter. Glenn, like Alice, was studying to be a teacher. After graduation, they both taught in Colorado for a year, until Glenn was drafted into the army and stationed in Huntsville, Alabama. It was there that he began his life-long career in computer programming.
Alice and Glenn moved to Los Alamos in 1956 with their first daughter, Kathryn. They had two more daughters, Roxann and Mary Alice, and for the next several years Alice spent her time raising her family. She was very involved in the church and the Girl Scouts, and she continued to take piano lessons and teach beginning piano students. After the girls were mostly grown, Alice went back to teaching – first as an instructional aide and later returned to school to get a Master’s Degree in Special Education. She worked for 18 years with the Los Alamos Schools teaching Special Education until retiring in 1991. Alice was also an excellent seamstress and made many dresses as well as three beautiful wedding gowns.
In 1994, Alice lost the love of her life. She wrote this shortly after his death: “As I look back on my life, I realize that my 41 years with this remarkable Glenn Carter were the most formative years of my life. When he left to go to a better place, I wondered how in the world I would get along without him. But I realized that he would want me to continue to pursue my interests and dreams.”
And continue she did. Alice became involved in prison ministries, took many trips on Barefoot cruises, continued to do bird-watching all around the world, taught Bible classes and pursued her quest to deepen her spiritual life. She travelled all around the world, over 40 countries, often taking her children and her grandchildren. Alice was a life-long learner, and visited every state capitol where she took a picture of the capitol buildings for her scrapbook; she got a picture of them all. Alice walked on the Great Wall in China, got bit by an Icelandic horse, sang in the Notre Dame Cathedral, got lost in Northern Israel, panned for gold in Alaska and saw the Puffins in Newfoundland.
Alice was also a devout follower of Christ, and she participated in missions in several different countries. One of her favorite missions involved working with orphans with special needs in Russia. Her family and friends always believed that there was a special angel watching over her in all her adventures. We are all going to miss her terribly, but we know that on May 15th, during the blood moon eclipse, Alice took the hand of Jesus and went to be with Him in heaven.
Alice is preceded in death by her husband Glenn L. Carter; her parents Ralph Findley Snyder and Lillian Doris (Ward) Snyder; her brother Charles (Chuck) Snyder; and her sister Lois Janet (Snyder) Misfelt. She is survived by her daughters and their spouses Kathryn (Douglas) Hirt, Roxann (Rico) Saavedra and Mary Alice (Richard) Overmier; her grandchildren Rebecca (Richard), Derick, Rachel (Matt), Sarah (Todd), Alicia (Sean), and Drew. She is also survived by 8 great-grandchildren, the last one born three days after her passing and named Finnley Carter in her honor.
Services will be on Friday, June 10th, 2022 at Covenant United Methodist Church in Albuquerque, NM at 1:00 p.m. and a graveside service on Saturday, June 11th in Los Alamos, NM at Guaje Pines Cemetery at 10:00 a.m. where she will be buried next to Glenn.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to any Christian charity of your choice that cares for and feeds children in need.
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