Sarah Ellen Price, 82
The Legacy of Sarah Ellen Price
Notable Women who changed the course of American History
Sarah Ellen Price was a visionary who possessed extraordinary wisdom. Sarah was born in Ripley, Tennessee on April 2, 1929, one of five daughters and five sons born to Thomas Jefferson and Lola Brown. On Tuesday morning, October 25, 2011, she ended her earthly journey.
She grew up in Ripley, Tennessee, where she was educated in the public school system. Sarah met and married Horace Ray Rounds, Sr. In this union eight children were born, James, Virginia, Ray, Laura, David, Jenny Lynn, Jennifer, and Richard. In 1949, the family moved to Lafayette, Indiana in search of better opportunities.
Sarah later remarried Clarence Price who became her life-long confidant and friend. Sarah was employed at Purdue University for twenty-six years where she nurtured many students, often inviting them to her home for the holidays.
Sarah was an example to many people who watched her determination to advance personally and professionally. She had a strong desire to promote positives images and pride in "ones" accomplishments. For twenty years, she wanted to open her own upholstery fabric store. Her persistence, creativity and faith enabled her to open her own business, the Sarah's Fabric Shop.
In 1963, an energetic, intelligent, talented and striking Sarah Price, put on a pair of comfortable shoes and marched her way into the history books according to an article in the Journal and Courier, February 1993. So moved by King's courage, she knew it was time for her to take a stand, regardless of the risk. Sarah was a part of Dr. King's landmark March on Washington D.C., the impetus for the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as well as impacting change for the whole world. Sarah is quoted as saying that since that day her life has never been the same.
Her decades of inspirational service are embodied in Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune's quote "Faith is the first factor in a life devoted to service, without it nothing is possible, with it nothing is impossible". She raised eight children to believe in the power of faith and shared this strong belief with hundreds of children she encountered: Purdue University students and generations of children from her own family, her friends, children and those of the community.
Sarah was a social reformer and inspiration to many. Her increasing political involvement led her to be a spokeswoman for Lafayette as her views were sought out by television and print media. In 1995, the Journal and Courier of Lafayette recognized her as an African American woman who lived and labored to help make Lafayette what it is today.
Sarah was profiled in the Lafayette Leader, August 2003, as making priceless contributions to the civil rights movement. She marched and participated in sit-ins, had banquets and picnics, as well as going door to door in her efforts to end discrimination. In August 2009, Sarah was honored at a NAACP Indiana State Conference as a remarkable woman improving the nation.
Sarah's political life came to a full circle when the young senator Barack Obama decided to run for the Office of the President of the United States of America. Her expertise in the political area had taught her well how to draw strength from adversity. Therefore, she rolled up her sleeves and worked tirelessly for the Elect Barack Obama Campaign. Attending in Washington, D.C., the 2008 inauguration of President-Elect Barack Obama was an exhilarating experience for this woman of great dignity; it was a moment of resounding pride.
Sarah was preceded in death by her husband Clarence Price and five children, James Charles Rounds, David Jeffery Rounds, Richard Matthews Rounds, Virginia Louise Blackburn and Jenny Lynn Robinson. She leaves to cherish and carry forth her legacy: one son, Horace Ray Rounds, Jr.; two daughters, Laura (Don) McCullough and Jennifer (Gregory) Branch; son-in-law Joseph Levette Robinson, Jr.; two sisters, Mary Chambers, and Bessie Baker; a host of nieces and nephews; 17 Grandchildren, 15 Great Grandchildren, and four Great, Great Grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.
Sarah cared about helping people and understood the need to support young children and families. While serving on the Community Board, she assisted in spearheading the Dennis Burton Day Care Center. She was an avid supporter of the Purdue University Black Cultural Center and attended the Ebony and Ivory Charity Ball faithfully each year. As a lifetime member of the NAACP, she dedicated her efforts to advocating for a better life for her fellow mankind. Civic minded, she worked and involved herself in issues that improve local government.
Her efforts have been rewarded with many certificates such as:
In 1995, she received a Marquis de Lafayette Award from Mayor James Riehle and in 1988, she was presented with a Mortar Board Rose Award for her service to the students of Purdue University. She received the certificate of achievement marking her personal contributions to Operation Desert Shield. Sarah also served as a delegate in the Democratic State Convention in Indianapolis in the early 1970's and was the only black delegate in attendance.
The viewing will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, October 28, 2011 at Hippensteel Funeral Home, 822 North Ninth Street, Lafayette, Indiana 47904. The funeral will start at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, October 29, 2011, at Second Baptist Church, 2925 South 18th Street, Lafayette, Indiana. Immediately following the funeral service at the cemetery, the Repast and reception will be at Rush Pavilion Columbian Park, 1915 Scott Street, Lafayette, Indiana 47904.
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Published in the Journal & Courier from Oct. 28 to Oct. 30, 2011