Mary Price Sowards, 78, of Bedford, died Friday, June 22, 2012. She was born in Bland County on June 17, 1934 a daughter of the late Arthur W. Price and Minnie Miller Price. She was retired from Rubatex. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by 5 brothers and 5 sisters. Mary is survived by her husband of 60 years, James Farrell Sowards, three sons, James Ray Sowards and wife, Linda; Richard Anthony Sowards and wife, Sandy; Jeffery Clay Sowards and wife, Cindy; one grandson, Andy Clay Sowards; many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 2 - 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Main Street Location, 317 W. Main Street, Bedford, 540-586-7360.