We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Snowden Funeral Home
Audrey, daughter of Clark Russell Snowden and Florence Davis Snowden was born on September 28, 1948. Sadly, she passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 18, 2022 at the age of 73 at Doctor’s Community Hospital in Lanham, MD. Audrey married Melvin Lee Hopkins in 1970 and remained his devoted wife and best friend for 52 years.
Audrey had a reputation for being a daring, fun-loving person which became very obvious during her young childhood where she bravely rode horses, ponies, tricycles and scary rides at amusement parks always together with her best buddy, cousin Anita. During her later teenage years, she did not postpone her only well-planned “house party” ruined by the worst snow storm in twenty years. No way was Audrey going to cancel; she pleaded with her parents through lots of tears and not wanting to disappoint her, they eventually said yes because she was safe at home. Audrey made sure to call everyone with the good news. Her friends, ignoring the dangerous roads, eventually made it safely to Audrey’s house. Afterwards, they all agreed it was the best party ever; it is still talked about even to this day.
Following graduation from Sherwood High School class of ’66, she attended Montgomery College and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh where her skill as a visual artist was crafted. Audrey’s love of art led her to showcase her talent locally at the Montpelier House Museum in Laurel, MD with many other locations to follow. She and several art loving friends traveled to the charming city of Marseille, France and its surrounding areas of Provence where she relished its beautiful, enchanting landscapes. It was there that Audrey fell in love with and refined her technique for landscape painting. She perfected her watercolor technique and produced the most exquisite, award-winning paintings which won first place in a Montgomery County, MD contest for watercolor painting. As her reputation grew, she was able to feature several paintings at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, an art gallery in Alexandria, VA, where she earned the respect of other artists who envied her fortune for clenching this coveted opportunity where she actually sold several paintings.
After 42 years of employment with the Computer Sciences Corporation, Audrey retired in 2017. Shortly following her retirement, she jumped right into enjoying the best of life by touring NY City and attending Broadway’s hottest award-winning shows. Shopping sprees was another favorite along with attending several women’s retreats sponsored by Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Rockville, MD.
Audrey has always been thought of as a lovely, beautiful woman who possessed the most amazing sweet spirit. Most people would describe her as a very, very nice person. This description was repeated about her consistently from all who knew Audrey.
Surrounded by love until the end, she will be cherished always by her husband Melvin, and remembered warmly by her aunt Mary Garrette, and devoted cousin, Anita Walker, along with step-children, Keith Smith and Dana Danes; sisters-in-law, Sandra Stokes and Cheryl Hopkins; cousin-in-law, Philip Walker and many more cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.