Carolyn Marie Drake Snider

Born on March 20, 1947

Departed on June 11, 2017 and resided in Nashville, TN

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Carolyn Marie Drake Snider. Age 70, March 20, 1947 – June 11, 2017. She is survived by her husband, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Larry Snider of Melbourne, FL; children Nancy (Hans) Stabell and Gus A. Wood IV “Tad” (Ann) Wood of Nashville, Tennessee as well as her stepdaughter Annemarie (Scott) Flodin of Minneapolis, MN;  sister, Nancy Drake Donelson of Nashville, and nephews, Stokely, David, and Daniel Donelson of Nashville.   Her grandchildren were the light of her life:  Anders Stabell, Windsor Wood and Gus A. Wood V, all of Nashville.  She is also survived by her brother, David Drake, of Chattanooga and is preceded in death by her parents Carl A. Drake Jr. and Ruth Pittman Drake of Chattanooga and her former husband Gus A. Wood III of Chattanooga and Nashville, TN.

Carolyn is a graduate of Girls Preparatory School in Chattanooga, TN, Emory University, and Vanderbilt University where she obtained her masters in nursing. Carolyn owned and operated HopeHealth, a family practice clinic on Thompson Lane in Nashville, for many years.  She was beloved by her patients to whom she brought great empathy, comfort and humor.

Carolyn and her husband Larry were such avid travelers who circled the globe many times over, such that her grandchildren nicknamed her “GoGo”.   She and Larry enjoyed spending their free time at their second home in Melbourne, Florida.  However nothing brought her more joy than spending summers at the pool chasing her grandchildren.

For 3 1/2 years, Carolyn waged a valiant battle against breast cancer resolving to “never ever ever give up”.   She taught us all volumes about living life fearlessly, fiercely, and faithfully.

The funeral will be held at St. George’s Episcopal Church, 4715 Harding Pike, Nashville from at 1:30pm on Thursday, June 15th, with Rev. Dr. Kristine Blaess officiating. The family will receive visitors from 12:00-1:30pm prior to the service.  There will be a private family internment immediately following the funeral.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson Street, Nashville, TN 37203.



9 Comments to Carolyn Marie Drake Snider

  1. Diane Sanders
    June 13, 2017 3:33 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss of Carolyn. She was a sweet loving lady.
    Blessing to all of her family!
    Diane Sanders

  2. Vickie Wade
    June 13, 2017 7:47 pm

    I’m so sorry to her children & all her family. I knew Carolyn from working with her at Baptist Outpatient Surgery. She had the cutest sense of humor & was so kind to everyone she came into contact with. I’m certain there are a multitude of people who will mourn her passing, including me. May God wrap you in His healing love & give you peace knowing that Carolyn is in the presence of Jesus.

  3. Jill Hoag
    June 15, 2017 2:25 am

    Dear Family,
    The loss of beautiful Cousin Carolyn will be felt by many. However, she “fought the good fight” and now has her reward in heaven. She will be welcomed by our Lord along with the faithful Drake women who went on before. We were blessed by her in many ways. Our hearts and prayers go out to those who shared her love.
    Gb, Jill Robertson Hoag

  4. Bill and Trina Elliott
    June 16, 2017 11:02 pm

    Larry and family … we are so saddened to learn of your loss of Carolyn. We never had the privilege of meeting her in person but heard many wonderful things about her . You all are in our thoughts and prayers . Psalm 46: God is our refuge and strength , a present help in time of trouble.
    In His love , Bill and Trina Elliott

  5. Cora
    June 17, 2017 9:05 pm

    Larry, I’m so sorry to read of Carolyn’s passing. God bless you, my friend. If Mama Wood or I can be of any assistance to you, don’t hesitate to call on us. If you have time, stop by and visit if you travel through our area of Kentucky.

  6. Doug Pederson
    June 20, 2017 6:51 pm

    My deepest condolences, Larry. I hope to see or chat with you again one of these days.

    Best regards,

    Doug P.

  7. Robert A Cramer
    July 17, 2017 1:01 pm

    Just learned by way of an Email posting from Kyle Pero of Carolyn’s passing. So sorry I wasn’t aware til now. For her time by your side, Carolyn was blessed to have you as her Soul Mate. My brother fought the same terrible battle as Carolyn and this short poem was on a plaque at hospital entrance.
    Ring this bell/ Three times well,/ It’s toll to clearly say/ My treatment’s done,/ This course is run,/ And I am on my way.
    (Author unknown) Larry, God Bless you and your loving bride, Carolyn, Rest in Peace.
    Bob Cramer

  8. Tom Simm 702 MAS
    July 17, 2017 11:09 pm

    Larry: So sorry to hear. Posse animus fidelis morti per misercordia Dei, rescuciat in pax.

  9. Ed Haran
    July 18, 2017 1:55 pm

    Sorry for your loss Larry.

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