Nancy Snow - February 2015




Nancy, thank you for doing this interview with us. It’s always nice to find out more about our Friends, so let’s get right to it, shall we?

Where did you move to Fountain Hills from?  When?

My husband and I moved here permanently in 2010 from Libertyville, Illinois, north of Chicago, where we’d lived for 36 years. Before that, we’d been snowbirds for about 5 years.

Where did you grow up? What was your childhood home like and where was it?

Until I was about 10, I lived with my family in Uniondale, New York, a small town on Long Island, near Hempstead. After that, my dad’s job took us to the Midwest. We lived in a ranch house in Lawrenceville, a very rural area of southern Illinois.

Who was in your family growing up? Who had the most influence on you?

Growing up, my family consisted of my mom and dad and an older and younger brother and myself.  I guess my dad had the most influence on me, since we shared a very similar outlook on life. He was a very gentle soul.

Who is in your family now?

My mom lives here, at Fountain View Village and there’s my husband, Mike, and our two grown children, Ryan and Tricia. Ryan and my daughter-in-law, Maggie, are the parents of our beautiful, 15-month old granddaughter, Violet.

How did you meet your husband, Mike?

I met him at Eastern Illinois University, playing whiffle ball. My girlfriend told me that if I didn’t go out with him, she would. So I did. It wasn’t until much later that I found out he’d told his friend, before he and I had ever dated, that he was going to marry me.

What is something that people don’t know about you?

Well, some people may not know that I do watercolor painting. I initially learned to work with watercolors when I did renderings for my interior design work but now, in the last five years or so, since I’m retired and have more time, I do it for my own pleasure.

What event has caused the most profound impact in your life?

My older brother died of AIDS 21 years ago, at the age of 45.

       What three words best describe you?

I suppose quiet, cheerful and loyal.

What is the best/worst/strangest job you’ve ever had?

The worst one had to be one summer when I was in high school. I babysat for four kids, all day, every day, for $20 a week. That didn’t last long. I quit when the kids’ mom brought me her ironing to do, as well, for no extra money.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given? The worst?

The best advice is something I’ve taken to heart from a song I learned when I was in the Girl Scouts; “Make new friends but keep the old; One is silver, the other, gold.” That’s something I have always lived by.

The worst advice I ever got was from a high school guidance counselor who told me not to take art classes, only college prep. As it turned out, the lifelong career that I loved centered around art and design. And, even now, I get great enjoyment from my watercolor painting. Art has always been a wonderful and fulfilling part of my life so I’m glad I didn’t take that counselor’s advice.

If you could live your life over again what would you do differently?

I think I might have had one or two more kids. I really enjoyed raising my children.

How is your life different from how you imagined it as a child?

I never expected to live in the desert. Or to be able to travel as much as I have.

What first name would you prefer to have?

Actually, I like my name now. I didn’t like it when I was a child, I think, because my mother always called me ‘Nan’ and I didn’t care for that. But, if I had to choose something different, maybe Patricia.

Do you have any hobbies or collections?

I’m not much of a collector but, as I mentioned, I do like to paint with watercolors. And I’ve enjoyed getting into genealogy. I’ve been able to trace one family branch all the way back to the 1600’s.

What are the top three things on your bucket list?

Oh, I’d really like to travel to Greece and to Machu Pichu. And I’d love to have more time to paint. And just more world travel, in general.

How would you like to be remembered?

That I was cheerful, artistic, and a kind and generous person.