Thank you people. I appreciate the time you took to look at my question.
However, I should be more clear.
My question is not "can I create a virtual machine?" , or "can I run OSX in a virtual machine?". So much.
It is: will Mac OSX Snow Leopard run on the new Intel Core i series computers?
Currently Macs are using Core 2 machines. I see no Macs with Core i series processors. The PC architecture is very different between the two platforms, so unless Apple has developed the OS to do so I am doubtful.
If she had a laptop with a Core 2 processor it would be simple. The web is crawling with info on hackintoshes. But given that she has a laptop with an i5 in it I would probably advise her to bite the bullet on go on ebay for an old mac. I just don't want to tell her it can't be done and then have her find out it could. Then I would be found out as the clueless old fart that I am!