Anne Snyder lived for more than 24 years at Westminster Oaks, which made her friends and our team members into her extended family. As a final gift to the community she so loved, she provided a generous $158,000 bequest to support her fellow Westminster Oaks residents.
Anne’s donation to the Benevolent Assistance program will help residents who have outlived their resources, through no fault of their own, to continue living at Westminster Oaks. Executive Director Shannon Sauls said, “The residents who receive financial assistance are extremely grateful, and their families are too.”
Anne, who lived to be 105, was a key part of the Tallahassee community and was known widely as a person who helped others in need. She was a charter member of both Covenant Presbyterian Church and Fellowship Presbyterian Church, where she was much-loved for her personal charm, leadership and work ethic.
Ken and Anne Snyder met at The Ohio State University and were married in 1940. Both served in civil service after World War II. Anne retired after 15 years as the secretary to Judge Harold Carswell, the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, and then moved to Westminster Oaks in 1997. She gained a wonderful community of friends who joined her in reading, gardening and strolling the neighborhood.
The recipient of Anne’s significant bequest, the Westminster Communities Foundation, was founded with a Mission to enhance the lives of Westminster residents and team members. The Foundation provides approximately $1.9 million each year in Benevolent Assistance for residents who have outlived their resources. Currently, sixty-eight Westminster residents benefit from benevolent assistance support. Jeff Coates, Vice President of Philanthropy, said that “being able to help our neighbors and friends continue to live in their communities, regardless of their resources, would not be possible without the enduring support of caring, generous people like Anne. Our community owes a debt of gratitude to her for the generous legacy in support of others that she left behind.”
Since 1974, Benevolent Assistance at Westminster Communities of Florida has been 100% funded by donors to the Westminster Communities Foundation.