Price, Wanda Collins

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Wanda Louise Price, 75, passed peacefully in the comfort of her home on January 31, 2022. She was born November 30, 1946, to the late James Ray and Annie Gertrude Collins of Pembroke.

She was a woman who valued family. As a wife, mother, and sister she demonstrated the love she had for her family daily. Not a day passed that she did not call and talk to one her siblings on the phone. And she often spoke of their many outings, including their trips to the beach and Pigeon Forge. Even as an adult she enjoyed having “sleepovers” with her sisters, cherishing the opportunity to catch up and laugh together.

On January 24, 1964, she eloped to marry John “Dooley” Price and started a 58-year journey with him. They built a home and enjoyed farm life together. Later, they were blessed with the arrival of two boys. As a wife and mother, Wanda excelled as a homemaker and caregiver. She enjoyed taking care of her family, spending the summer months canning the produce raised in their garden, cooking many Sunday dinners, and never forgetting to send a card to mark a special occasion. She raised her boys to appreciate the many values evident in her own life and unknowingly trained them for their future professions.

Her first job away from home was at the Narrows Livestock Market as a secretary, with her family. It was there she learned many management skills that would prepare her for her next career, for which is she is best known. Wanda had a reputation in the community as a talented cook. She operated and managed several stores and Deli’s throughout Giles County, including Shops Smart in Narrows and J and C Grocery in Staffordsville with her son Travis. Wanda had a following of loyal customers wherever she went. They loved her not only for her tasty meals, but also for her customer service and quick wit. Although she loved her career and customers, she gave it up happily to step into a new role as grandmother and Great Grandmother, which she devoted herself to whole heartedly. She spoiled her
grandchildren with surprises, love, and a well-stocked candy drawer. You never left her house without a full belly and a full heart.

She is preceded in death by her parents, siblings Kathleen ( Bob) Utt and Shirley (Willie) Hudson, and daughter-in-law Melody “Charlie” Price with whom she was close. Left to cherish her memory is her Husband, John Price; sons, Kevin (Melody) Price and Travis Price; Grandchildren, Justin (Kellie) Price and Courtney (D.J.) Blankenship; Great-Grandchildren, Raylan, Brooklyn, Sadie, Kayleigh, and John. Also her Siblings McKinley (Joyce) Collins, Glena (Tommy) Dirico, Reba (Erving) Dudding, Jackie Collins, and two special brothers-in-laws, William and Carl Price, along with may special nieces and nephews.

The family with be having a private service at her home to commemorate her life, as were her wishes. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a donation in her memory to Eaton’s Chapel Methodist Church C/O Frankie Pearl Wilson, 5085 Pulaski Giles Turnpike, Pearisburg, VA 24134.

A guestbook is available to share a memory or condolence by visiting www.kendallfuneralhome.com. The staff of Kendall Funeral Home are honored to serve the Price Family.