Aviation foundation gets collection kept by one of base's first Woman Marines

Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 09:27 AM.

“She had an illustrious life,” she said of Snow. “There’s probably a lot in there that would mean a lot to some seniors who were in World War II and that were in the Cherry Point area.

“She was just a dynamic, little bitty thing, more than a little bit. She didn’t ever get to 5 feet. She was probably 4-10 or somewhere around there. She always wore three-inch heels. She wore high heels all the time. She was a tremendous woman. She was a detail person and I’m sure that shows in the collection there. She lived her life that way. You didn’t have to be around her for very long before you knew that she had been military.”

Stonewall said Snow hated to be called Lois and hated for people to refer to her height.

“If you called her Lois you were in deep trouble,” she said. “I don’t know if she chose Donnie or how it came about but you didn’t dare call her Lois. And you didn’t make reference to her tininess. She was a whole bunch of people in that little body.

“She was a tremendous woman. She was just a dynamo. She never gained a pound and she never became out of shape. She always had the service stance. When she would stand at a distance you would see the military training in the way she would stand. She loved the military and it just became part of her. She was just a Marine. She would have been a good female SEAL. That was her heart.”

George Griffin, Havelock’s first mayor in 1959, remembers Snow.

“She was a lovely person,” he said. “I’d have to say she was a good-looking Marine. She was really vibrant.”

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