Peoria native Virginia Risch Snowden celebrates 100th birthday

On Sundays, the Journal Star publishes information on central Illinois residents celebrating their 100th birthday. Happy birthday to Virginia Risch Snowden.

Virginia Risch Snowden of 2724 W. Reservoir Blvd., Peoria, celebrated her 100th birthday with three days of recognition/celebration at Proctor Place, including distributing carnations to all staff and residents on May 30, giving out custom M&Ms with a message and picture of Virginia at 20 and at 100 to all staff and residents on May 31 and finally with birthday cake for all staff and residence on June 1.

Virginia was born June 1, 1921, in St. Louis. Both her parents and one sister lived into their mid-90s. 

She graduated from the University of Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in education in 1943. She met Norwood L. “Snow” Snowden, the man who would become her husband, at Mizzou. Norwood accepted a job with Caterpillar Inc. prior to going off to war. After Norwood served in the Army for three years in World War II, they were married on Feb. 23, 1946, and moved to Peoria. 

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They raised four daughters, Peggy (and Jack) Murphy of Peoria, the late Carol Snowden of Columbus, Ohio, Nancy Snowden of Peoria and Susan Snowden of Chicago. The four daughters earned nine advanced degrees. Virginia has two grandchildren, Philip (and Brooke) Murphy of Naperville and Cathy (and Daron) Zwink of Dunlap; and four great-grandchildren, Addison and Brooklyn Zwink and Alexandra and Owen Murphy.

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