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Alice M. Snell

July 12, 1922 October 13, 2016
Alice M. Snell
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Alice Molly Snell peacefully transitioned to her eternal life on October 13, 2016 in Cincinnati, OH. She lived 94 years at her fullest until she became briefly ill in September 2016.

Alice was born on July 12, 1922 at her family home place in Crewe, VA to Royal Bland and Sudeany (Jennings-Scott) Bland. She was baptized at an early age at Hickory Grove Baptist Church, Crewe, VA and attended that church until it was destroyed in a fire, at which time her family began to attend Union Baptist Church, Crewe, VA.  Alice often reminisced about traveling around to local churches and events as a young girl with her cousins and other friends singing gospel music. At times, even up to her declining health, when the spirit hit her, she would just begin to sing the gospel.

Alice admired her mother dearly as well as loved her siblings tremendously.  She loved sharing stories about her family. Her family's homeplace located on Route 607, now Rocky Ford Road, was the center of her and her family's life. It was the home place of her grandparents, Armstead and Elvira Jennings-Scott. As a child, she was surrounded by her cousins, all of which she loved dearly. She especially loved her first cousin, Robert Venable, whom she talked about up until her death; Robert was like a brother to her and her protector when she left Crewe in the 1940's to make a better life for herself in New York. 

Prior to leaving Crewe, Alice gave birth to her gorgeous sandy hair baby girl, Ann.  She loved Ann dearly and worked to be able to provide for her more then she could in Crewe.  She was always thankful to her mother and her elder sister for providing a loving home to her daughter.

Alice told a story of how she was staying with her cousin Robert and his wife Idell in Long Island, NY when they had company over one day. One of the guests was Idell's cousin, Norman Snell. Her and Norman began to talk and eventually dated. They fell in love and married in 1957. Through that union, Alice gained a son, Denny Snell.

Alice loved to fellowship with family, both on her side as well as her husband's family, the Snells. She loved to cook and clean, and she loved to shop. She was adventurous and had an eye for style. After 26 years of service with Loft Candy Corporation in Long Island City, NY, she retired.  Her next goal was to return to Crewe to live out her retirement years in the family home place with her husband and eldest sister; they returned to Crewe in 1986. She was so happy to return to Crewe and continued her joy of entertaining family and friends when they came to visit. Her homes, both in New York and Virginia, were always open to her loved ones to visit, stay for a while until they got on their feet, or just to provide guidance and mentoring. She truly enjoyed life until her final days, and while her death was a surprise to us all, know that she went peacefully and in God’s hands.

After the sudden death of her husband and daughter in 2012, Alice lived with her granddaughter, Kim Neal, in Crewe, VA, Washington, DC and Cincinnati, OH. She and Kim burned up the highways traveling and visiting family. The grandmother and granddaughter relationship developed into a deeper friendship and love for one another. They took care of and watched over each other.
Alice was preceded in death by her husband, Norman Snell; brother-in-law, Louis Ford, Sr.; daughter and son-in-law, Ann Neal and Dexter Neal; parents, Royal Bland and Sudeany Bland; brother, Benjamin Bland and eldest sister, Rosetta Pitts.

Left to cherish her memories and lessons are her sister, Daisy Ford; son, Denny Snell; granddaughter, Kim Neal; two nephews, Aubrey Pitts and Louis Ford, Jr. (Joyce); three nieces, Thelma Tucker (William), Sundeany Fitzgerald and Virginia Pitts; and godson, Eric Tucker, Sr.
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