Nickerson Funeral Home

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Joan Caroline Snowdon

August 13, 1926January 22, 2020

Joan (Caroline) Rumbold Snowdon, 93

Caroline Snowdon died peacefully on January 22nd at Belmont Manor Nursing Center in Belmont, MA with her daughters at her side.

Caroline was born in Lyndhurst, New Jersey in 1926, the third child of Joan (Jeanne) Leemans Rumbold and Sidney George Rumbold. She attended schools in Lyndhurst and later studied at New Jersey Teacher’s College and Hunter College, NYC. In 1986 Caroline achieved her dream of obtaining her BA at Simmons College, graduating summa cum laude.

In 1950 Caroline married Walter Story Snowdon, a WWII veteran and Foreign Service officer. Caroline and Walter traveled the globe together (1950-1975). Caroline made beautiful homes for her family and beloved dogs in Lebanon, Greece, Syria, Thailand and Washington, DC. Caroline began a career in real estate in Washington and she continued to work as a realtor on Cape Cod when she and Walter retired to Eastham in 1980. Caroline remained on the Cape in Brewster after Walter passed away in 1993 and she continued her independent life until Alzheimer’s Disease demanded she move off the Cape to be near her daughters.

Caroline was an elegant, energetic, curious and creative woman. She loved houses, gardening, cooking, walking her dogs in Wiley Park and Kent’s Point, hosting and attending parties, traveling, classical music and opera, fine art, her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed planning renovations to her own and others’ houses. Caroline had an inquiring mind and prided herself on reading the New York Times daily. She was a fervent writer of letters to friends and to the editor and a supporter of liberal causes. On the Cape she tried her hand at freelance journalism and published many articles on Cape Cod history in the Cape Codder. Caroline relished traveling and exploring wherever she was living. Her daughters remember several near-death experiences with Mom driving in the Middle East.

Caroline was a longtime supporter of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, WGBH and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. On the Cape she supported the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival was a member of the local chapter of the Shakespeare Oxford Society.

Caroline was predeceased by her brothers Sidney and Russell Rumbold. She leaves her niece, Cornelia Rumbold Tierney, London, England; daughters Laura (Alex Parra) , Carlisle, MA; Joan (Phillip Crafts) Leverett, MA; and five grandchildren who have inherited her love of travel, music, dogs, argument and fresh oysters. They are: Ben, Hannah and Will Parra; Tito and Sophie Crafts.

Burial at Lower Road Cemetery in Brewster will be private. A memorial celebration of Caroline’s life will be held on the Cape at a later date. The family is grateful to the staff of Maplewood at Brewster and Belmont Manor Nursing Center for their skilled and compassionate care of Caroline. In lieu of flowers, gifts in Caroline’s memory can be made to the Animal Rescue League – Brewster Shelter.

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Mary Avellar

February 8, 2020

Deepest condolences to the Snowdon family. Caroline was indeed a lady! I enjoyed helping her when she came into The Cape House Shop, Hallmark. She would often talk of her travels and the operas she was going to see, live HD. She introduced me to those. She will be missed. Peace and Blessings.

Patricia Policastro

February 4, 2020

Carol was one of the most brilliant and fascinating women I have ever had the honor to know. Her memories and stories were always entertaining and provided a glimpse into the incredible life she led. Her zest for living, learning, and exploring were remarkable as well as inspirational. We had many wonderful conversations from the trials, tribulations and joys of raising daughters to the world wide political situation. I often wonder what her opinion of our current political climate would be, I can only guess!! Her love for her family and the time she spent with them brought her so much joy. With Valentines Day approaching I am reminded of the cookies she always baked for her grandchildren. She touched my life in many ways and I am grateful. May the memories bring her family peace and the knowledge that she is most likely enjoying this adventure!
Pat Policastro

Judith Shay

February 3, 2020

I remember Joan being on the flats in Wellfleet where we both had out of town permits. Joan was a fun loving, interesting and delightful quirky lady. We had fun together!

peter milsky

February 2, 2020

Joan was a patient of mine in my dental practice and we used to talk about shellfishing. For years she brought me oysters which she loved to collect and I traded her for littleneck clams. She was a wonderful person.

Belinda Hodgson

January 26, 2020

What a lady, what an amazing life. Many many fond memories of Caroline during our realtor days on Cape Cod. I will continue her ‘arm’ exercises in her memory! Eccentric in the best possible way, I am so grateful our paths crossed for many years. My sincere condolences to her family.

Elaine Lipton

January 26, 2020

Dear Joanie and Laura,
I am so sorry for your loss. Caroline was a dear friend of the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival and a good friend to me personally. She was so kind to both me and my husband especially when she realized that we had all lived outside the country for many years and had a lot of wonderful stories to share. I hope you will let us know when you have a celebration of her life, here on the Cape. My thoughts are with you both. May you find joy in your memories of her.
Elaine Lipton and Terry Gallagher

Lynne Duff

January 25, 2020

Dear Joanie and Laura ,
I enjoyed helping to care for Caroline at Maplewood. I loved going through her photos with her and hearing lots of stories about her very interesting life.
I’ve thought of her often this past year.
Blessings to all of your family at this time.

Lorraine Donnelly

January 25, 2020

Dear Laura and Joan,
Your mom was one of my first residents at Maplewood who I had the pleasure of getting to know. I could tell immediately how smart she was. (I was a bit intimidated by her ☺️.)
She always had stories about her interesting life that I enjoyed hearing and often wished I had had more time to listen. Joan was very proud of her family.
(The obit is a wonderful tribute to
Joan. ) My condolences to you all.

Lorraine Donnelly

Tito Crafts

January 23, 2020

I loved my Grandma very much! I have many fond memories from her homes on Cape Cod, cooking, walking dogs, playing golf, listening to music, and having long conversations with my grandmother. She was an interesting and vibrant person.