Cape Fear Red Cross icon passed away at the age of 87

Source: American Red Cross
Source: American Red Cross
Source: American Red Cross
Source: American Red Cross
Source: American Red Cross
Source: American Red Cross

Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Alice Snead, an icon in the history of the Cape Fear Chapter of the American Red Cross, passed away Thursday at the age of 87.

Snead has been part of the Red Cross for more than 50 years.  She began as a member of the Nurse's Aide Corps in Richmond, VA during 1942.  Just years later she moved to Wilmington and became the first Red Cross blood donor in the area.

Snead served as the Cape Fear Chapter's Assistant Director for 18 years and continued volunteering for the organization after her retirement.

"The Red Cross was her life," said Amy Jones, Snead's granddaughter.  "I have many wonderful childhood memories of going with my grandmother to volunteer at blood drives and chapter events.  She was so proud of her work with the American Red Cross."

During her time with the Red Cross, Snead received several awards and recognitions, including the Governor's Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service in Eastern North Carolina.

Per Alice's wishes that her legacy of service and giving live on, the Cape Fear Chapter has established a memorial fund in her honor.

Donors wishing to make a contribution in memory of Alice Snead may do so in person or by mailto:

American Red Cross – Cape Fear Chapter
1102 S. 16th Street
Wilmington NC 28401

*Please indicate "Alice Snead" in the memo line

Contributions will also be accepted online at

All memorial contributions will support the local programs and services provided by the American Red Cross – Cape Fear Chapter and will be matched 100% through December 31 as part of their Holiday Donor Challenge.

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