LDS Woman is Fresno Mother of the Year ... at Age 85
FRESNO, CALIFORNIA -- LoRen Watson Snow was named Mother of the Year
by the Fresno County Women in Chambers of Commerce and will be
honored at a luncheon on May 11, at the Fresno Plaza Hotel. Snow,
affectionately known as "Loie" said, "Oh, no, you got the wrong
woman." "The last time I gave birth was about 61 years ago. I can't
be Mother of the Year."
Eighty-five-year-old Snow was born January 25, 1916, in St. George,
Utah, where she met her husband Virgil Snow. They were married August
10, 1937. The couple lived in St.George, Utah before Virgil left to
fight in the Army during World War II as an artillery captain. After
the war, the family moved to Fontana in Southern California where
Virgil worked as a general practitioner.
The family made their final move to Fresno where Virgil became an eye
surgeon. He died on July 21, 2000. Virgil and LoRen were married 63
years and according to LoRen it is within the family that she
accomplished her greatest work as a wife and mother. She is mother to
Richard Clark "Pepper" Snow, Tiffany Snow Madsen, Toni Snow Johnson
and Sydnee Anna Snow Russell.
The Fresno County Women's Group President, Marcie Reisz, surprised
Snow when she informed her of the news at her Tower District home.
"But all I do is sit here and gather dust," Snow said. "Am I
hallucinating? I can't believe it. Maybe I'm on medication." Then she
looked at her children and said, "How much did you pay these people?"
Daughter Tiffany Madsen told the crowd, "My mother is the most
beautiful, most giving person. We honor her everyday." Snow stopped
her saying, "I don't do anything anymore. I don't even cook."
Bewildered she added, "I can't believe my children took the time,"
and then scolded them for not having refreshments for the guests.
LoRen has been an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints and is proud of the volunteer work that she has
done over the years. "But this is the most emotional event I've ever
had." "I don't have many years left to remember. But this will be
tender in my heart forever after."
No mistaking this Mom of Year
Fresno CA Bee 5May01 P2
By Pablo Lopez: The Fresno Bee
Although Fresnan admits she last gave birth 61 years ago.