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Margaret Strong Bielby Price(1917 – 2012)

Margaret Price was born June 25, 1917, and died January 17, 2012. Margaret was born in Middletown, Connecticut, at Middlesex Hospital to William F. Bielby, and also had an older sister and brother. Margaret attended Syracuse University and graduated 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.
Margaret married William Hulst, a mining geologist, and moved to Towella, Utah. She had a son, William H. Hulst, in 1942. She was divorced a few years later and eventually remarried Colonel Eugene Hayden Price, USMC. William Hulst was later adopted and renamed William Hayden Price (aka Skip Price) and in 1951 another son, Eugene Hayden Price Jr. was born at Camp Pendleton, California. The couple soon retired to La Jolla, California, where Margaret lived until moving to Oregon in 2004.
Margaret is survived by her son, Eugene Hayden (Catherine) Price Jr.; Charlene Price, widow of William H. Price; grandsons, Matthew Price and Chris Petty; granddaughters, Meaghan Pitre and Brittany McFarlane; great-grandsons, Isaiah James Price and Austin Julius Pitre.
Margaret worked for Gulf General Atomics as a technical illustrator from 1965 until she retired. She travelled throughout the world which included visits to Morocco, Japan, Bali, Europe, Mexico and Greece to name a few. Throughout her life she produced a large and varied amount of art spanning watercolor, pencil, ink, print, etching, sculpture, oil paint and silk-screening. Margaret was a neoimpressionist at heart and an integral part of that movement in the La Jolla art community as well as a member of the La Jolla Museum of Art and the San Diego Zoological Society.
Margaret will be buried at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery with her late husband, Col. Eugene Hayden Price, USMC Retired, on February 11, 2012. A memorial service was held Saturday, February 4, 2012, at Christ Church in Lake Oswego, Oregon.
Published in the Carmel Valley News on Feb. 9, 2012
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