Born in Omaha, NE, Sandra Snoke was the oldest of four siblings, with two brothers and one sister. She attended Cottey College in Nevada, MO. After graduating with her associate degree, she attended Iowa University.
In 1968-1969 she was a Vista volunteer in Superior, WI., helping underprivileged mothers and children. She helped set up a Head Start program while volunteering in Superior.
After her year as a Vista volunteer, she attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney and finished her BA in education. She moved to Fullerton, NE, where she taught kindergarten for five years.
Sandra and Melvin Snoke were united in marriage on June 14, 1975. They moved to Humboldt, NE, where they helped farm.
Their first child, Stephen, was born in 1976 and their daughter Elizabeth was born in 1980. In 1979, Sandra started the Humpty Dumpty Preschool which she ran for 11 years.
The family moved to Larned, KS in 1990, and Sandra went to work for the Methodist Church as the treasurer. She also ran a private day care center. Sandra started a puppet ministry with the children in her church.
She moved to Manhattan in 1998. Sandra worked at the Amanda Arnold school, where she set up the before and after school programs. She retired May 25, 2008. She started a puppet ministry at the Christian Church. She also was a Sunday School teacher, and joined the Russell fellowship and Bethany Sunday School class.
She has two grandchildren and a step-granddaughter. She loves listening to music, with classical and jazz being her favorites. She belongs to PEO and Amanda Arnold Teachers Club. She views having the opportunity to teach young children as one of the positive things in her life.
In February of 2009 Sandra moved to Via Christi Village Manhattan Assisted Living. She was impressed after a visit and knew it was where she wanted to live. She enjoys playing cards, exercise and bingo and the Wednesday morning Bible studies. She also enjoys socializing with the other residents. Sandra has enjoyed hosting her church club meeting at St. Joseph.
Although she was injured in an automobile accident in 1973 and has suffered from the consequences, Sandra has devoted her life to helping others, a living example of faith in action.