Ann Snow

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Ann Howell Snow CHARLOTTE - Ann Howell Snow passed away on September 19, 2013, after a brief illness, bringing to a close a life rich with blessings. She filled her 86 years with family first and foremost, a quiet Southern charm, and so much grace and good fortune. Those last six nights at Presbyterian Hospital were the first she spent in a hospital since giving birth to their son, Charles, 58 years ago. And when it came time, Rooney, as everyone called her, told her family she was at peace, and ready. Ann Howell was born on January 11, 1927, in Gulfport, Miss., and raised in Alexandria, La. The oldest of three girls, the family years later enjoyed her stories of growing up during the Great Depression in the Bayou. As a child, she'd travel from Louisiana to Banner Elk in the N.C. mountains, where her family still has a stone cottage - a happy hint of a life to come. That childhood nickname, Rooney, lasted a lifetime, inspired by an old comic strip called Little Annie Rooney. After graduating from Sophia Newcomb College (now Tulane University) in New Orleans with an English degree, she moved to Dallas and took a job as an executive assistant with Coca-Cola in 1953. Everything changed for the good when she married Charles G. Snow a year later. His career as a Travelers insurance executive took them many places together to live, including Dallas, Atlanta, Hartford (Conn.) and Charlotte, and she happily spent the years raising their son and running the household. More blessings: Her husband retired early in 1982, and they moved to her beloved Banner Elk, where they spent 23 wonderful years together until his death in 2005. Theirs was a beautiful marriage of 51 years. They traveled to Europe and the Far East, enthralled by such exotic lands as Bali, Indonesia and Nepal. She loved gardening, researching the Scottish history of her Cummins clan, and was a voracious reader. Her family would laugh about how she'd never throw out a magazine, lest she needed to look up something. Nonjudgmental and always a diplomat, when the Carolina Panthers played the New Orleans Saints from her native Louisiana, she'd root for a different team each half. Above all, she cherished family, including her son, Charles, and his wife, Kathy, and their three children. When her husband died and her son helped her settle into Merrywood and then the Carriage Club retirement communities in Charlotte, mother and son deeply enjoyed their time together, especially Saturday morning trips to the Farmers Market on Kings Drive. It was a simple pleasure that brought so much meaning. Mrs. Snow is survived by her son and his wife, Charles and Kathy Snow of Charlotte, and their three children, Caroline, Holly, Andrew and his new bride, Kalyn. She adored, too, her six nephews and niece: Gordon, Tom, Hamilton and George Clay and John and Martha Cade. She was predeceased by her beloved parents, Thomas Stone Howell and Nettie Grey Hunter, and two sisters, Nita Clay and Marie Cade. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, September 28, at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 210 St. Mary's Road in Hilllsborough, N.C. Rev. Dr. N. Brooks Graebner will preside, as he did at the memorial service for her husband. A donation in Mrs. Snow's honor can be made to the church. The family will be forever grateful for the care and kindness shown by everyone at the Carriage Club, and the third-floor ICU and Hospice at Presbyterian Hospital on Hawthorne Lane. In the time they spent with her, neighbors and caregivers learned what her loved ones had known for a lifetime. What a kind and gentle soul Rooney Snow was, until the end.

Published in Charlotte Observer on Sept. 26, 2013
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