Audrey M. Prichard, 93, died peacefully in her sleep on November 2, 2021.
Born March 13, 1928, Audrey was the only child of the late Roy and Verna Mowen of Hagerstown, MD.
She attended the University of Maryland and as lead cheerleader for the Maryland Terrapins basketball team, Audrey met her future husband Walter M. Prichard, #94, who played forward for the Terps. Audrey was a Kappa Delta sorority member and Walter was an Alpha Tau Omega fraternity member. They both were dedicated UMD alumni. Recently, Audrey and Walter celebrated 71 years of marriage.
Audrey is survived by her husband; Walter, and three of their four children: Greg (Sam), Keith (Sandy), and Beth, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. A daughter, Jane, died in 1986.
Audrey cherished her family and numerous friends, and with Walter, hosted many holiday events, annual picnics, and parties at their farm on Peach Tree Road. Audrey commemorated each grandchild’s college graduation or significant life event with a trip abroad. Neighbors regularly stopped by for a visit to the farm and enjoyed a cup of coffee and Audrey’s home cooked treats. No one was ever permitted to leave her kitchen hungry! Over the years with Walter, Audrey attended most Barnesville events (and planned many of them) including the Stronghold Cotillions and the town’s festive Bi-Partisan Inaugural Balls. One of her favorite duties was walking the hounds for the Potomac Hunt Club.
Audrey was a respected leader in many local clubs, including the Maryland Rural Republican Club, Sugarloaf Riding Club, and the Monocacy Garden Club. She enthusiastically participated in many other clubs and activities, including book club and exercise club with long-time friends and those newer to the community.
A private family service will be held on Saturday, November 6th. Following the service, the family welcomes friends to celebrate Audrey’s life at a reception from 1:00 p.m.to 3:00 p.m., at the Potomac Hunt Club, 21315 Peachtree Road, Dickerson, Maryland.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests a contribution be made to Brookside Gardens (via the Montgomery County Parks Foundation. Please note Brookside Gardens on the donation).
LEAVE A CONDOLENCE MESSAGE
From: Linda McKenzie
Sending love and prayers to this beautiful family! We have experienced loss today here on earth, but you will continue to have the wonderful memories that will last forever. God be with you today and always! ❤️🙏🏼❤️
From: Peggy & Larry Pitts
We have many good memories of Audrey. She and Walt were good neighbors when we all lived on Peach Tree Rd. We enjoyed many get-togethers there. For a number of years Audrey came to the Potomac Hunt kennels to walk out hounds with us in the early mornings. One of her most important duties was to prevent hounds from "christening" Father Reid at our annual blessing of the hounds! We're thinking of Walt and family during this sad time.
From: Hanson Family
We have many happy memories of hunt balls and hunt race tail gates as we often were rail-side with Walt and Audrey. Condolences from our family to yours.
From: Mollie Anthony and Debbie Brunner
We are so sorry for the loss of your mother. She was one of Mollie's best friends. We were grateful we got to speak with her recently when Beth was visiting us in the Pacific Northwest. She sounded feisty as ever! Please know we are thinking of you and Walt and the rest of the family. Much love.
From: Joanne Weidner
I first met Audrey many years ago while attending Shippensburg University with her daughter Beth, one my closest friends. She was a wonderful woman, full of class, grace and style, but also a straight shooter! Her gardening skills were amazing as evidenced on their farm in Maryland. I am saddened to learn of her passing and upset that I can’t be there on Saturday. Love & blessings to the family.
From: The Hilton Family
Our deepest condolences to your family.