It is with heartfelt sadness we announce the passing of Jean Aldrich Snidow of Hardy, VA on May 10, 2017 after an intense battle with cancer. Born July 28, 1947 in Seattle, Washington, she was the fifth generation of Seattle pioneers.
She was preceded by her father William Aldrich. Jean is survived by her mother, Jessie Aldrich of Seattle Wa, her beloved husband of 47 years and her supporter John Snidow of Hardy VA, son Christian Snidow of Seattle, Wa, daughter Ayanna Leonard of Port of Spain, Trinidad; sister, Robin Deahl of Enumclaw, Wa, and sister- in-law Jane Snidow Lloyd of Catonsville, Md.
Jean believed in personal responsibility and was an active lifetime voter. She served our country as a stewardess/purser, flying into the Viet Nam war zone over 50 times. In her independent way, she protected each soldier she came in contact with and was once asked if she had been a drill instructor because of her protective style. She was never afraid to take on the establishment. She had been the youngest Coast Guard Auxiliary boating instructor in the Coast Guard's 13th District. She was a life long boater.
One of her proudest achievements was becoming a licensed pilot. On the ground she had boundless energy as an active gardener, fiber arts craftsman and supporting political campaigns. She supported the 2nd Amendment and was a gifted shooter in multiple disciplines.
A visitation was held Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at Oakey's Vinton Chapel from 6-8 PM followed by interment in Seattle at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Roanoke Rescue Mission or charity of your choice.