Alice Snyder was born on 17 November 1917 to Menno and Ida Snyder. She grew up on a farm on the outskirts of Kitchener, Ontario. She had four siblings: Clifford, Florence, Irene and Harvey. During World War II, Alice and Ida managed the Ontario Women's Missionary and Service Auxiliary's (WMSA) cutting room from their home. They purchased and cut cloth to be sent to congregational sewing circles. The finished garments were then shipped to Europe for wartime aid.
In 1948, Alice began a two-year term with MCC in Germany. Her roles included hostess for the voluntary service units where she was stationed, distributing food and clothing, and supporting the Council of Relief Agencies Licensed for Operation in Germany's (CRALOG) child-feeding program.