Margaret Price

Margaret Strong Bielby Price died Jan. 17, 2012. She was 94.

Mrs. Price was born June 25, 1917, in Middletown, Conn. Her father, William F. Bielby, and several aunts joined in raising her and her older brother and sister.

Mrs. Price graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelor of fine arts degree in 1939. She designed and managed the state of Connecticut Exhibition to the Hall of States for the 1939-1940 New York World's Fair.

She worked for Gulf General Atomics as a technical illustrator from 1965 until she retired.

She married William Hulst, a mining geologist, and moved to Towella, Utah. The couple had a son, William H. Hulst, in 1942. The marriage ended in divorce a few years later.

Mrs. Price eventually married Col. Eugene Hayden Price, USMC, and he adopted her son, renaming him William Hayden Price, also known as Skip Price. A second son, Eugene Hayden Price, Jr., was born at Camp Pendleton, Calif., in 1951. The couple retired to La Jolla, Calif., where Col. Price died of emphysema in 1965.

Mrs. Price lived in La Jolla until 2004, when she moved to Lake Oswego.

Mrs. Price traveled throughout the world, visiting Morocco, Japan, Bali, Mexico, Greece and other countries.

She produced a large and varied amount of art in many mediums. She was a neoimpressionist at heart and was an integral part of the La Jolla art community. She was a member of the La Jolla Museum of Art and the San Diego Zoological Society.

Mrs. Price grew cymbidium orchids in the yard of her La Jolla home and loved entertaining. She played tennis regularly, loved flying in small planes and sailing.

Survivors include her son, Eugene Hayden Price Jr., and his wife, Cathie Price; daughter-in-law Charlene Price; four grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

A memorial service will be held Feb. 4 at 1 p.m. at Christ Church Episcopal Parish, 1060 Chandler Road in Lake Oswego.

Interment will be at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego on Feb. 10 at 10 a.m.

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