Betty Snowden, age 81, died peacefully recently in Honolulu.
Mrs. Snowden spent decades following her passion while accruing incredible knowledge, of Hawaiian Genealogical research. It brought her so much joy and she always welcomed any opportunity to teach the “next generation”. It gave her a great sense of pride while watching them grow and grasp their heritage as they took interest in their own genealogy. Originally from Eleele, Kauai but while living in Pearl City for many years, Mrs. Snowden was instrumental in organizing others to have Leeward Community College built so students on the leeward side of the island could have a college education.
She worked for years with the Pearl City Community Association, Brownies, Girl Scouts and 4-H clubs. All the while also being listed in Who’s Who of American Women. She is survived by her husband Thomas Snowden, son Eric, daughters Lavonne Cobb, Marisa Derby and Janessa Burley, 5 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; brothers, Damien and Terrance Duarte; sisters, Mabel Kampstra, Beryl Souza and Rachel Maikai.
Visitation at 4:30pm followed by Funeral Service at 5pm at Central Union Church, Atherton Chapel, 1660 South Beretania Street, Honolulu on Sunday, April 22, 2012. She will be buried at Punchbowl National Cemetery of the Pacific on Monday, April 23, 2012, with her late son and Vietnam Veteran Thomas E. Snowden. Aloha attire. Flowers and donations welcome. For more information contact Ms. Cobb at (808) 221.6192 or 1750 Kalakaua Avenue, Box 3767, Honolulu, Hawaii 96826-3756.