Murphy Funeral Homes

4510 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA


Dana Jeanne Snyder

January 5, 1954November 28, 2019

Dana Jeanne Snyder

Passed away in the early hours Thanksgiving morning (11/28) with her beloved husband, Jack, at her side.

She bravely endured the devastating effects of rheumatoid arthritis for over sixty years with grace and uncommon courage. Dana was born in Washington, D.C. in 1954 to Preston and Jeanne Caruthers. She was raised and lived most of her life in Arlington, Virginia. A bright inquisitive soul, an avid reader, a natural beauty and an athlete, despite her diminutive size and health concerns. She was a cheerleader and tennis player. Attended Yorktown H.S. and Georgetown University where she studied to become a nurse. Her first marriage produced two sons, Justin and Preston Miller. She had a career as a nurse, followed by a second 25 year career in real estate management. She retired in 2004, but continued to dedicate her energy and brilliance to philanthropic and political causes she valued. Dana travelled all over the world in her lifetime and also, made it a priority to keep her body strong to enable her to recover from the never ending surgeries her degenerating joints required. In all, she was intuitive, generous, sensitive, loving and kind which resulted in her being cherished and dear to many, as she was their friend, confidant, and sagacious advisor.

She shared over 35 years of devout love with her husband, Jack Snyder. She was always happiest surrounded by “her boys”, and in recent years, treasured being “Mimi” to her seven grandchildren. Dana is survived by her husband, Jack Snyder, son Justin Miller (Laura Miller), son Preston Miller (Morgan Miller), father Preston Caruthers, brother Stephen Caruthers (LouAnn Caruthers), brother John Creasy (Kit Creasy), sister Lynn Shadyac (Richard Shadyac – deceased), sister Lisa Dawson (Porter Dawson) and caregiver Lydia Motanya. She was extremely proud of her seven grandchildren: Phoebe Miller, Clementine Miller, Bo Miller, Reese Miller, Harper Miller, Wyatt Miller and Hudson Miller.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, December 7th from 5:00PM to 8:00PM, at Murphy Funeral Home 4510 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA.

Services will be held on Sunday, December 8th at 2:00PM, at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church 2609 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to: Virginia Hospital Center Foundation 1701 N. George Mason Drive, Arl. VA 22205



  • Visitation Saturday, December 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Sunday, December 8, 2019


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Georgia Ann Snell

December 9, 2019

Dana was my cousin. She was the kindness most loving person. She was humorously deprecating about all her physical trials, and was open about what was coming next. Dana was lovely and loving in all the times we were together or in touch. I was sad that I was unable to be at her service and to be with our family.

Joanie Sprince Sostek

December 5, 2019

Dana was truly a most special lady and friend. Her kind spirit and genuine goodness emanated; being in her presence was comforting and joyful. Living in Texas the past 38 years I haven’t seen Dana much since our daily interactions during Yorktown cheerleading days, but on each visit she was still the same sweet, caring and humble friend, while at the same time being a beautiful, intelligent, strong and accomplished role model. The world was a softer, better place knowing Dana was in it - even from afar. My deepest heartfelt condolences to Jack and her sons and all the family.
Joanie Sprince Sostek

Barbara Hammond

December 5, 2019


Dana was like a youthful sprite. She did not meet strangers, for who she met became a "friend" in some capacity. She had a warmth and a smile that seemed to say, "you matter". She was the type of person that YOU wanted to get to know.

Jack: I know that you will miss her greatly and you cherished every moment with her, but speaking from experience you will genuinely smile again in the days to come. Do that for her! Take care of you.

Carol McCormick

December 4, 2019

Dana was a dear friend in high school who was incredibly thoughtful and kind. And yet, I had no idea she was struggling physically so much even back then. That’s just the kind of trooper she was. My sincere condolences to the family as you have lost such a precious one.

Diana Hickert-Hill

December 3, 2019

We send our loving thoughts and prayers for Jack and the rest of Dana’s dear family. She was truly a lovely lady in every sense, and it was a privilege to know her. We hope Dana’s family and the rest of her friends will find comfort in the many happy memories of Dana. We treasure our memories of her.

Peter Hill & Diana Hickert-Hill

Jan Conner

December 3, 2019

Dana was so very kind. She was always genuinely glad to see me and eager to hear about all the news in my life. I know hearts are broken for the loved ones who have lost a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter and aunt. She was special. Rest in peace dear Dana.

Kathy Klein Hafferman

December 3, 2019

My deepest condolence. I always enjoyed spending time with Dana when we were in school. We were from two very different backgrounds but she always treated everyone the same! She was a sweetheart!

Kathy Koumarianos

December 3, 2019

I will never forget your smiling face. You always took the time to exchange a conversation or two. I will also remember you as a mindful business lady.

Juan & Deborah Ruth

December 1, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and Preston. May God's light shine upon her.