Carrie A. (Clauson) Plattner-Snyder

Our beloved Amazonian princess has gone on to the next realm to be our guiding light and guardian angel when we begin our final journeys to the heart of Creation.  Carrie was the cherished life partner of Bill, the solid rock for her daughter, Alexandra (“Aly”), and the compassionate daughter, sister, aunt and grand-aunt for the rest of her family.  Born to Shirley A. Doss and the late Robert Dean Clauson, she was the epitomy of the song, Unforgettable, both in her incredible beauty as well as her loving heart.  In recent years, Carrie was most proud of her accomplishments as an executive assistant for the County Executive’s Office at the Jackson County Courthouse, being a good friend to her daughter, Aly, and furthering Bill’s career as a government attorney.   She helped a lot of people with problems and she is still missed by her superiors and co-workers at the Courthouse.   Carrie was known for being well-read, a student of the arts, and for her culinary skills and home management.   She was quick-witted, funny and sarcastic in such a way that you often didn’t know she had tagged you.   She was a good Democrat and although she did not understand baseball or football, she was an ardent supporter of Bill’s interest in the Royals and Chiefs.   She encouraged Bill in his acceptance of the responsibilities of many Masonic offices, both in Missouri and nationally.   She was a ball of fire, a comet streaking through our lives, bringing joy to our hearts in life and great sadness as she embarked.

She always treasured her many friends but ill health in the past three years was an obstacle to both the continuing maintenance of friendships as well as her career.  Once health became an issue, she devoted herself to travel to Hawaii, Arizona, New Mexico, California, and Florida locations with Bill and Aly for as long as she was able.  She never made it to New York, Paris or London in life but she knew that her ashes would be carried there by Aly.    Carrie attended Raytown High School and Central Missouri University when it was CMSU.  She had a marriage to a good man, Christopher Plattner, but when that relationship ended, she invested herself in her daughter, Aly.  She claimed that at the moment she was introduced to Bill at the Courthouse, she knew she had found her “split-apart”, her soul mate, and someone who was worthy of being Aly’s step-father.  She always claimed it was love at first sight and, in due time, she asked Bill “when are you going to take me out?”

Carrie made Bill a part of her family, and she made Bill’s family and friends a part of her family.  Somehow, she knew things about Bill’s late father, William O. Snyder, that had to come from a psychic connection with him.  Carrie has left many to grieve who will remember her with a smile and a prayer throughout the succeeding years.   Other survivors in the family include:

Her mother, Shirley A. (Clauson/Doss) Johnson, her step-father, Michael Johnson, of Shawnee, KS, her siblings, Linda Eskew, her children and grandchildren, and Steve Clauson, his children and grandchildren, all of Kansas City, and John Clauson of St. Louis, his children and grandchildren.  She loved her nephews and nieces greatly and knew no limits in trying to help her family. She also loved a Boston Terrier named Kennedy Anne Snyder and two French Bulldogs, Bouvier and Fitzgerald (“HoneyFitz”) Snyder, of the family home in Independence, and another Terrier named Monte Eskew, of Kansas City.

Memorial Service: NOV 18 2014 @ 1:30 p.m. in the Jackson County Courthouse.  Please contact Bill by emailing  or see Carrie’s Facebook page for details.


  1. Linda Eskew on October 12, 2014 at 6:46 am

    My dear darling baby sister. I will miss you forever. RIP sweet giving heart.

  2. LeAnne and Darby on October 15, 2014 at 7:23 am

    Billy. Our prayers, love and energy are with you. LeAnne And Darby

  3. Linda Brosam on October 22, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Bill, so sorry to hear of your loss. May she rest in peace.

  4. Michele "Poochie" Ferguson on November 4, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    My Dear Friend,

    I wish you were here, but you’re not………you’re “there”. And “there” doesn’t know how lucky it is. Thank you Carrie for spreading so much joy, life, and love wherever and whomever you touched! Aly and Bill will always be deeply honored that you spent the rest of your life with them. Just know my friend, you are so missed by all of us!


  5. John W. Eskew on August 6, 2018 at 11:05 am

    Oh, my goodness Aunt Carrie Ann Clauson. (CAC) I was so blessed by you my entire life. You are the spirit in life I was trying to emulate. Your humor and quick wit always kept my Mom,Sis and I in stitches. Some of my fondest memories were whenever you would come stay with us and we got to have you all to ourselves. Selfish I know… Will never trade those times.
    Love Nephew Johnny

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