Carolyn Snow

Carolyn and Ned Snow have lived in the beautiful old Provincial House at Mary’s Woods since 2010.  They truly appreciate the warmth and support to be found throughout the community here and feel it extremely important  that very special  environment  be maintained even as we increase our numbers substantially.

One of the benefits of living at Mary’s Woods is the opportunity to be involved in a large variety of activities that allow one to learn, to enhance wellness by keeping fit, and to be of service to others in the community.  Carolyn has a deep appreciation of these aspects of our community and is involved in water aerobics, mat yoga, water volleyball, and the drama group.  She also serves as the organist once or twice a month at the Christian service in our chapel at 4 p.m. on Sundays and has been the musician at memorial services on numerous occasions.   Carolyn has also been a part of the Bridging Hands Ministry, offering hand massages and conversation to residents of the Marie Rose Center twice a month – and has become well acquainted with the services of that facility simultaneously.  She served one term on the Resident Council (2013-2015) and was a vice president during both of those years.  All of this varied activity has provided additional opportunity to become acquainted with and more appreciative of our unique community at Mary’s Woods.

Carolyn  received her BA degree in history from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, and began her teaching career in Canada where she and her family lived for eleven years.  After moving to Portland in 1968, she received her MA from Portland State University, as well as certification in Secondary School Counseling and High School Administration.  Although she elected to be a stay-at-home mom when her children were very young, Carolyn’s professional career spanned over thirty years during which time she was a teacher, a counselor, and a junior high principal, retiring as an assistant principal at Glencoe High School in Hillsboro.

Carolyn and Ned have a blended family of six children and their spouses, a total of  eleven grandchildren and are excited to be expecting their first great-grandchild in October.  During their twenty-seven years of marriage, they have enjoyed a great deal of traveling and volunteer work.  She has been a docent at the Portland Art Museum for seventeen years and in the past was a volunteer at Medical teams International and also served on the Board of Trustees of the French American International School.  She recently retired as secretary/treasurer of the Snow Foundation, a private non-profit family foundation she and Ned established in 1992.