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This page updated 02/21/2018


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 will be 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.

Monthly meetings: Join us at our Smith Mt. Lake Republican Womens Club monthly meetings! Our luncheon/meetings are usually on the first Tuesday each month at Westlake Country Club, Chestnut Creek Drive in Hardy, VA with check-in at 10:30 and luncheon/meeting beginning at 11:00am.

MARCH 6TH luncheon/meeting details:
Tuesday, March 6th. Check in at 10:30am... a short meeting will begin promptly at 11am followed by lunch. Cost will be $15 for lunch which includes tax, tip and coffee/tea/water. Alcoholic beverages will also be available for purchase. There will be a choice of three entrees for lunch. Please RSVP to

      Directions to Westlake Golf & Country Club:
  • From Roanoke - Take Rt. 220 South through Boones Mill. Turn left onto Rt. 697 (Wirtz Rd.) at the Bojangles/Dairy Queen. Take a left onto Rt. 122 North. Turn left onto Rt. 616 West (across from Smith Mountain Building Supply). Proceed approximately one mile on Rt. 616 and turn left onto Chestnut Creek Drive. Stay on Chestnut Creek Drive all the way to the clubhouse.

  • From Rocky Mount - Take 122 North. Turn left onto Rt. 616 West (across from Smith Mountain Building Supply). Proceed approximately one mile on Rt. 616 and turn left onto Chestnut Creek Drive. Stay on Chestnut Creek Drive all the way to the clubhouse.

  • From Bedford/Lynchburg - Take 122 South to Westlake Corner. Go through the stoplight and turn right onto Rt. 616 West (across from Smith Mountain Building Supply). Proceed approximately one mile on Rt. 616 and turn left onto Chestnut Creek Drive. Stay on Chestnut Creek Drive all the way to the clubhouse.

(One of our meetings is pictured below):

Member Applications: Get membership applications for our organization and for the Franklin County and Bedford County Republican Parties below:

The SMLRWC received its Charter from the Virginia Federation of Republican Women in May, 2001 and has since been actively involved in pursuing the objectives of campaigning for and supporting Republican candidates, working to inform members and the public on current issues and activities of the County Republican Parties. Community service is also part of our purpose. Over the last several years, we have supported mentoring and reading programs, domestic violence awareness and victim support, and moral support for our troops - both active duty and our wounded warriors. Please join us and get involved in the political process. Check out the websites of the VFRW and the NFRW:

SML Republican Women Club past officers, Jo Holden, Colleen Doyle and Lorraine MacKenzie and their favorite Young Republican, Destiny MacKenzie represented the Club at the Naturalization Ceremony in Roanoke (March 2014). The women attended a moving ceremony and welcomed the new citizens. Pictured also is the ceremony's Presiding Judge.

PICTURED ABOVE: Evelyn Kowalchuk was a member of the Smith Mountain Lake Republican Women's Club (d. 4/7/2013) She was honored last year at the Memorial Day Observance of the National D-Day Memorial for her service as a flight nurse during WWII. She was a 1st Lieutenant who served with the 818th MAETS and evacuated wounded soldiers from Omaha Beach on D+3. Congressman Robert Hurt paid tribute to her and presented her with an American flag which had flown over the US Capitol. Evelyn was also given a plaque explaining the importance, service and sacrifice of The United States Air Force Flight Nurses. (photo taken by Charlie Walker)   Her memorial service was held on April 20th, 2013. Her ashes were interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

Lee Anne DeMonbreum with Ed Gillespie in Roanoke on April 4, 2014
(Lee Anne is a member of both the SMLRWC and the FCRC)

ONE OF OUR PAST PROJECTS: Our community outreach for Easter... (The Moneta Nutrition Dining Center provides delivered meals five days a week to 21 individuals and hosts a recreational lunch three days a week for 16 seniors.) The SMLRWC put together individual Easter baskets for these folks.

And below, taken in Richmond on Legislative Day, January 10, 2013:

L to R: Jean Snidow, Del. Charles Poindexter, Harry & Joanne Ballard, Colleen Doyle
Front row (seated): Jo Holden, Del. Kathy Byron, Jane Snidow Lloyd

Every January a number of our SMLRWC members attend Legislative Day in Richmond (hosted by the Virginia Federation of Republican Women). Educational and informative speakers (including Governor Bob McDonnell and Attorney Gen. Ken Cuccinelli this year) as well as updates from the VFRW are heard in the morning with the highlight of the day being the luncheon with our Republican senators and delegates from around the state. Afterwards, for those interested, the Capitol or the Executive Mansion can be toured. We hope you will consider joining us!

"There is no limit to what you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the credit." ~ author unknown