PEORIA - June Pearl (Milner) Snider, 91, of Peoria passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, April 26, 2013.
June Milner was born in Marion, Iowa, to Archie and Dorothy Milner in June of 1921.
Following graduation from high school, she attended the University of Iowa, earning a B.A. in general studies with emphasis on mathematics and writing.
She enlisted in the Women's Auxiliary Armed Forces and served in the European Theater during World War II, where she met her husband, Paul. After being honorably discharged following the war's end, they moved to Detroit, Mich., and were married in 1946. He preceded her in death on Nov. 19, 2010.
She was also preceded in death by her brother, Ronald Milner.
Mrs. Snider is survived by sons, David of Casa Grande, Ariz., and Myk of Chicago; daughter, Kathie Downs of Peoria; and granddaughters, Julia and Lindsey.
June and the family lived in Missouri and Oregon before settling in Peoria in 1953. She was active in Peoria's faith community, serving as an elder at Arcadia Avenue Presbyterian Church, and volunteering at many ministries for the Cursillo program and at First United Methodist Church.
She and her family travelled to many parts of the globe during that time - living in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1967, and Beirut, Lebanon, from 1970 to 1973.
She was the 1997 recipient of the Bill Houlihan Award for Advocacy (volunteer category).
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, May 3, 2013, at First United Methodist Church with a luncheon to follow. Pastor Robert Phillips will officiate. Visitation is scheduled for Thursday, May 2, 2013, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Wright & Salmon Mortuary. An additional visitation will take one hour prior to the service. Cremation rites have been accorded.
Memorials may be made to the Paul B. Snider Journalism Scholarship Fund or the Paul B. Snider Award for Excellence in Teaching at Bradley University.
Tributes and condolences may be submitted to www.wrightandsal-mon.com.