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Jean Price - May 18, 2010


Arvilla “Jean” Price, 83, of Haxtun was born Jan. 27, 1927 to Barney and Sophia (Waterman) Buss in Holyoke. She died May 18, 2010 in Haxtun.

She was raised in Haxtun and started her education at Pumpkin Vine Rural School and finished at Haxtun Union High School.

She married V.O. Price, who said she could run faster than anyone in the school, but he was the lucky one she slowed down for and let him catch her. They were married for 66 years.

Jean had several jobs, besides rearing her five children, Robert, Lennette, Vernell, Barry and Kim. She did the laundry for 16 years for Haxtun Community Hospital. She was proud of the fact that most of the time the clothes, bedding and gowns were line dried and always smelled fresh and clean. When the laws changed about keeping everything inside, she gave it all up.

Being someone who needed to be doing something to earn a little extra jingle, she tried her hand at cooking in restaurants. She started at Little Western Café for Maxine Wisdom where she worked for four to five years. When Maxine closed, Jean moved on to Country Kitchen where she cooked for seven years.

On the side, she enjoyed raising Doberman pinschers and Norwegian elkhounds and enjoyed all the puppies. Even with all of this going on, Jean cleaned houses for several couples and friends in the Haxtun community.

For the night life, Jean and V.O. enjoyed going to dances with a lot of their friends. They would carpool to the dances, dance the last dance and go out for breakfast. Celebrating birthdays of everyone in the dance group became a big thing, and Jean loved Mexican food the most.

At home, the grandkids all remembered her cooking—roast beef, taters, carrots and onions all in the pressure cooker with her waiting for it to jingle so she could count and say lunch will be ready in one and a half hours if everything goes as planned. Making homemade noodles for the church’s pancake supper bazaar was a yearly event.

When she wasn’t cooking or cleaning, Jean liked to embroider or cross stitch quilt blocks. She made 12 quilts and hand-quilted each one for every one of her grandchildren. The quilts were to be given to each of them on their wedding days with the understanding if something happened to the marriage, the quilt stayed in the family. Jean was a hard-working, loving wife; a devoted and loving mother and grandmother; and a dear friend to many and will be missed by all.

Preceding her in death are her son, Barry Price; daughter, Kim Leidle; sisters, Maxine Roth and Darlene Ring; son-in-law, Gene Thompson; and grandson, Tad Thompson.

Surviving Jean are her husband, V.O. Price of Haxtun; son, Robert Price and wife Linda of Haxtun; and daughters, Lenette Hutt and husband Duane of Haxtun and Vernell Brown and husband Gary of Greeley.

The funeral service for Jean was held May 21 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Haxtun with Pastor Dave Loeschke officiating. Interment followed in Haxtun Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to Immanuel Lutheran Church or the National Parkinson’s Association.

Gerk Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.