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Claire Snyder Bradley

Death 13 Jan 2017 (aged 87)
Burial Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 175482997 · View Source
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FORT WORTH -- Claire Snyder McDermott Bradley, 87, passed away Friday morning, Jan. 13, 2017, in the comfort of her home, her daughter at her side.

Graveside service: Thursday at Greenwood Cemetery.

Funeral: 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 will be held Thursday at First United Methodist Church in Leonard Memorial Chapel, 800 W. 5th St.

Reception following in Wesley Hall.

Memorials: Fort Worth Opera, 505 pecan St., Suite 100, Fort Worth, 76102,

The family wishes to express deepest

thanks the Stayton at Museum Way, Wendy at Vitas Hospice, and Linda and Jackie, caregivers for their kindness and care.

Born Feb. 6, 1929, she was the eldest child of Dr. F. L. and Eloise MacDonald Snyder, he a well-known general surgeon and she a founder of the Fort Worth Opera. Claire made her debut at the Steeplechase Ball in 1948, after attending Mary Baldwin College in Virginia and just before graduating from the University of Texas. At age 84, the Steeplechase presented her again in 2013 at their 100th anniversary celebration. She married Gerald J. McDermott in 1950, an Irishman from Boston who swept her off her feet a year earlier. The marriage ended in 1965 and she raised four children on her own, moving from San Antonio back to Fort Worth and working at Neiman Marcus first as manager of bridal consultant and later coutour. She inherited her mother's passion for the arts, raising funds for the Fort Worth Ballet (now Texas Ballet Theatre) and indulging in “chronic volunteerism” as she called it, all while working many full time jobs to support her family and obtaining a masters degree in liberal arts from TCU. She also raised money for the Westside and Metro YMCAs, and for the Tarrant Council on Alcholism and Drug Abuse. She joined the organization's board and later staff as fundraiser and founded Stars in Recovery, now an annual event of more than 25 years. Through this event she worked with Ben Vereen, Linsay Wagner, Larry Gatlin, Ali MacGraw and many other celebrities raising funds and awareness and helping thousands. Her passion for history led her into a passion for collecting and, selling antiques and running estate sales as well as serving twice as president of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America and on the board of Tarrant County Historical Society, acceptance into the Daughters of the American Revolution and the National Huguenot Society. She joined and volunteered for Tarrant County Archaelogical Society, Fairmount Tour of Historic Homes, and the Historic Preservation Council for Tarrant County for which she opened her restored 1909 Arlington Heights bungalow on their 1994 home tour. At 80 years young she met and married “the man of her dreams,” John “Brad” Bradley, 91, a WWII pilot and career U.S. Airforce officer. They had almost three miraculous years together. We are very sad for our loss, but very joyful for her wonderful life. A follower of Jesus Christ, her Bible was marked at this verse: “Truly, truly I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has eternal life; he does not come into judgement, but has passed from death to life.” John 5:24.

Survivors: Four children, Mary Ellen Davenport, and husband, Dr. Alan, Gerald J. McDermott and wife Kathy, Rev. Thomas S. McDermott and wife, Rev. Linda, and Michael S. McDermott and partner, Stan Tucker; sisters-in-law, Kay Snyder and Dana Haltom Freese; a great many nieces, nephews and cousins; 26 grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Greenwood Funeral Home
3100 White Settlement Road

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 175482997
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Claire Snyder Bradley (6 Feb 1929–13 Jan 2017), Find A Grave Memorial no. 175482997, citing Greenwood Memorial Park and Mausoleum, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Red Bird (contributor 47223009) .