Joanne Elizabeth Snyder
January 13, 1966 – December 24, 2016
On Saturday, December 24, 2016, Joanne Snyder, 50 years of age, beloved wife, treasured colleague, and caring community member died in Bryan, Texas, after a courageous battle with diabetes-related health issues for over ten years. Visitation will be on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Callaway-Jones Funeral Home and Cremation Centers Bryan-College Station, and her funeral service will be Thursday, Dec. 29 at 11:00 a.m. also at Callaway-Jones, with burial at Rest-Ever Memorial Park Cemetery in Bryan. Joanne’s family asked to honor her please wear casual attire to both the visitation and funeral service.
Joanne was born on January 13, 1966, in Wood Ridge, New Jersey, to Hugh and Donna (Long) Williams, Joanne was destined to be a citizen of the world. As a child, she lived in Holland and other parts of Europe and then returned to the United States, locating first in New Orleans, Louisiana, then to Kingwood, Texas, where she graduated from Kingwood High School in 1984. As a child, Joanne loved playing soccer and softball, and she was an active swimmer. She enjoyed these outdoor sports, especially with her father as her coach.
Choosing Texas A&M for her collegiate studies, when Joanne moved to College Station, she knew she would be an Aggie forever, feeling entirely at home in her newest community. Joanne graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science (minor in accounting) from Texas A&M University on May 13, 1988.
In life, Joanne was determined, persistent, kind, caring and very independent. She’d always had many friends, but she was destined to meet her future best friend, and husband, almost by accident. One day when they were both helping a mutual friend, a young man named Randy Snyder saw her, and immediately asked her out. Joanne said ‘No’. It took three requests before Joanne said ‘Yes.’ It was likely clear to Randy on their first date at Pizza Hut, that he was going to have her say ‘Yes’ at least one more time—at their future wedding. He was determined!
Joanne and Randy married on October 14 in 1989 and shared 27 years together. They opened their home and shared the joy of parenting several beloved pets, including Rio (a black Labrador), Shadow, Clyde, and Casey. The couple enjoyed all their time together, as well as with friends and family, especially at Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons.
She had the ability to take time out of a day and truly relax, whether it was watching cooking shows, cooking for Randy and others. As a kid in Kingwood, she enjoyed fishing with hot dogs on a string. She also enjoyed more outdoor fun on occasional fishing trips. Joanne had a love and special skill for working on her Volkswagen Beetle. Her determination and persistence to offer families comfort and reassurance, as part of her work life, was beautifully balanced, as she’d completely relax when watching favorite TV shows, including “Star Trek” or “Touched by an Angel.” She was always a woman at peace with life.
Joanne was a devoted and treasured part of the Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers in Bryan-College Station. Her professional career with Callaway-Jones began in 1993 when she began working at their Rest-Ever Memorial Park Cemetery in north Bryan, and later earning a position as cemetery manager. In 2001, she also became operating manager of the Callaway-Jones Crematory where she worked loyally for over 15 years.
Her parents, Donna Long Williams and Hugh Williams, as well as her mother-in-law, Jean Snyder Fisher, preceded Joanne in death. She is survived by her husband, Randy Snyder of College Station; sister Kim Williams; brother, Bruce Williams; and her step-dad Ralph Fisher and brother-in-laws Todd and Rick Snyder along with her nieces and nephews; and is highly regarded by a host of friends, particularly her Callaway-Jones family.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Joanne can be made to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312, or to Hospice Brazos Valley at 502 W. 26th St., Bryan, TX 77803.
What a lovely tribute. She sounds like she was a very special lady. Our thoughts and prayers.
Smurf and myself (Colleen) Waller have known you both since 1993. Such a great couple and really enjoyed being around you. May you rest in peace and Randy we are here for you to share her life.
We are sorry for your loss, Randy. May all of your wife’s family and friends find comfort in your memories and strength in each other.
Randy, so sorry to hear about Joanne… I have known her for too long, she lived down the street in New Orleans, then moved to Kingwood about year before my family. She was always so nice and welcomed me to Kingwood when I knew no one… I remember her being an excellent soccer player and just loving life in her teen age years. Blessings and comfort, John Trautner
I knew Joanne in Kingwood. We played softball togethe then. I remember her
as always so kind and one of the most genuine people I’ve met.
Randy we are so sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our prayers.
Randy we are so sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our prayers.
Joanne was a kind and beautiful spirit. I will miss her. Sending prayers for strength for Randy and the whole family.
Joanne was truly spirited and though she will sorely be missed by family her pain and suffering is over.
May the God of tender mercies grant the family comfort during your time of sorrow. (2Cor 1:2-3)
Joanne was the type of person who befriend you with a smile, a wave of her hair and a soft word. Touching everyone’s heart, quelling ones sorrow and comforting you with a coo, a hug or just that look.
We lost touch after moving away. The infrequent trip were usually short and untimely so we never touched base except to hear one or the other is/was due in.
God wanted some to welcome the new souls this Christmas season and Joanne had all the qualities he needed to help others along the way.
Randy, I’m sorry for your loss as she was someone very special.
My condolences to a fellow Star Trek fan and wife of my high school classmate, Randy. She truly did “live long and prospered”
This was a lovely tribute to Joanne. We sent love and prayers to Randy and family. Love, The Campbells – Mary, Mike, Lindsey, and Adam XOXO
Thoughts and Prayers at this time! What a sweet and kind lady Joanne was. Always had a smile on her face, even when she was struggling with health issues. Always had a story to tell and left you always feeling good. What an inspiration she was to so many. Will be greatly missed!
My deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers for Joanne and her family. She will be greatly missed! Let there be comfort knowing she pain free and with our heavenly Father!
To one of my bestest friends. I will miss you so much. I will cherish the years we had together for a lifetime. The laughs, tears and all the memories that I will always ho!d dear to my heart. You taught me so much about life and help mold me into the person I am today. You were always there to lend a helping hand, a shoulder to cry on and to listen to all my heartaches where you never comp!ained about anything.i will always remember your smile because I never saw you without one. You will always have a special place in my heart. Thank you for the beautiful friendship and for always being you. RIP my sweet angel. Your spirit is as bright as the north star. You will never be forgotten and will always be loved. Randy – I’m so sorry for your loss. Thanks for everything you have done. You were the love of her life. We love you so much. You will always be a part of our family. Love to you both, the family and friends she leaves behind. Love you Jo!!!
I’m so sorry to hear about Joanne. Sending prayers for you, Randy during this very sad time. I went to high school with Joanne. She was a kind, sweet soul. I remember her love of sports and her amazing smile!
We would like to express our deepest sympathies on the loss of a beloved co-worker and family member. Joanne will be dearly missed.
Please now that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
From everyone at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale, Caldwell & Giddings
Robert and I knew the first day we met Joanne and you we had friends forever. Joanne was just so sweet and always had that amazing smile. Your in our thoughts and prayers along with your dear families.
Robert and Suzanne
Hello my dear friend. Thinking of you and wishing you were still with us in the present. Your spirit, memories and love will always be with me and you will always have that special place in my heart. Love always. Heavenly hugs coming your way.