Surface, Mary Catherine Price

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Mary Catherine Price Surface, 81, of Blacksburg, went peacefully to be with her Lord on Sunday, December 7, 2008. Catherine was born on February 14, 1927, to Leonard Law and Bethel Irene Hutchinson Price of Tom’s Creek. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert H. Surface and two beloved sisters, Aleene Slusser and Gertrude Linkous. Catherine retired from Virginia Tech after 21 years of service. She was a longtime member of the New Mt. Zion Lutheran Church. Catherine was also a faithful member of the Coal Mining Heritage Association and of the Price Family Historical Society and a member of the Golden Years Club. Her unrealized dream in life was to become a school teacher. But later in life, Catherine served as an interpreter at Mabry Mill and as a teaching partner in Appalachian Studies working with Virginia Tech students. Catherine is survived by her beloved and devoted daughter, Betty S. Price and husband, Jimmie; and her very special grandson, Greg Price. She is also survived by her beloved sisters, Lou Ella Barr, of Blacksburg and Yvonne Nash, of Scottsdale, Arizona; and a beloved brother, Daniel Price and wife, Jolyn, of Blacksburg. Also special brother-in-law, Dallas Linkous Jr. Catherine is also survived by many special nieces and nephews, as well as a beloved church family and a nurturing community of friends. Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday, December 10, 2008, at 11 a.m., in the New Mt. Zion Lutheran Church with the Rev. Paul Hinlicky officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call anytime after 12 p.m. Tuesday, and the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday evening at McCoy Funeral Home, 150 Country Club Dr., Blacksburg.