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Dorothy Lundy Price, formerly of Cool Calif., recently passed away peacefully in her sleep in Talent, Ore. She recently had a series of minor strokes and was moved into a foster-care facility last year. She passed away there while under the excellent, compassionate care of her Adult Foster Home caregivers and Providence Hospice of Medford, Oregon. Her daughter Wendyn Price was at her bedside.
Dorothy was born on July 21, 1923 in the state of Alaska where her father who was in the Navy was stationed. The family eventually moved to San Diego where she grew up. She attended San Diego State University and then went to U.C. Berkeley. While at San Diego State University she was a columnist for the college newspaper and wrote many articles on social liberties. Her liberal views even caught the attention of the FBI (it was after all the era of McCarthyism) although nothing ever came of it. While at U.C. she met and married Bill Price which led to an early end of her University education a few units shy of a degree.
Dorothy and Bill lived in San Francisco for a while, and then moved to Long Beach in the mid 1950's. Dorothy became involved in the local chapters for the PTA, rose to be local president, and then went on to become the president of the State Wide PTA. As president of the Long Beach Poly High School PTA she helped found a ground breaking group known as the "Poly Community Interracial Committee", which gained national recognition and became a model for other schools.
In the mid 1970's, after his retirement, she and her husband Bill moved to Auburn Lake Trails in Cool. They were among the earliest residents there. They build a house and started publishing the monthly community newspaper called the "Trail Views" she was Editor until the early 2000's.
Dorothy had a great talent for writing and composed many poems for her friends and loved ones. She also wrote plays. She and Bill were among the founders of "The Follies" at ALT. She wrote and directed the first six or seven plays. They were hilariously funny and widely acclaimed for their wit. She was an expert at cross-word puzzles and none of the family chose to take her on. Dorothy "slowed down" as she aged and in January, 2009 family members convinced her to move to a retirement home in Jacksonville Oregon so as to be closer to her daughter.
She is survived by: two daughters, Wendyn Price of Talent, Sharon Price of San Luis Obispo, son Stephen Price of West Covina, two step sons, Bill Price of Santa Monica and Cool, David Price and his wife Jan of Phoenix, five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, four nieces, and a nephew.
She was greatly loved and will be missed by all who knew her. A memorial service, open to the public, will be held Saturday May 11, 2013 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Auburn Lake Trails at the Gallery. Enter Main Gate.
Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on May 8, 2013