December 13, 1935 — January 5, 2016
Janice Anne Price, “GG,” at 80 years, passed peacefully in Carmichael, California, on January 5, 2016. She was surrounded by her loving family at the time of her death, her husband, her five children, her brothers, and members of her extended family.
The eldest of three children, Jan was born in Taft, California, on December 13, 1935, to Elizabeth and Vernon Johnson. She attended St. Mary’s Catholic Elementary School and, as a gifted student, graduated from Taft High School two years early, in 1952 and from Taft Junior College in 1954. During her later years in school she was instrumental in managing her parents’ newspaper distribution business.
In February of 1956 she married her best friend, Stirling R. Price, Jr., and moved to Los Angeles, where they lived at UCLA. In subsequent years she devoted herself to raising and loving her five children. As a committed mother, she was particularly active at St. Elisabeth’s Catholic Church in Van Nuys, where her children attended school. She was integral in the parish ministry, visiting and providing care to those in need. From her boys’ Little League to the Parish Council, Jan was a fixture and a smiling face to many friends and families.
During those same years, she also gave herself to the support of her husband as he pursued a successful career as a CPA, even as she became a credentialed drug and alcohol counselor. A lifelong volunteer, she joined her husband in the Sacramento area, where she dedicated her energies to the Assistance League, the P.E.O., and the Sacramento Symphony Association. In most of her volunteer work, she held leadership positions and gave of herself without reservation. Beyond mere participation, she was tireless in her efforts to ensure the success of these important organizations.
A genuine lover of cats, Jan provided unconditional sanctuary for any number of homeless cats over the years, nurturing them to health and happiness. Jan was a casual golfer and an avid bridge player at North Ridge Country Club, enjoying years of close friendship with fellow members. She was a dedicated devotee of crossword and jigsaw puzzles. A familiar visitor to area bookstores, Jan was a particularly voracious reader, amassing a library of hundreds of books, biography and history being her favorite genres. In such a full and busy life, Jan relished her travel opportunities, particularly enjoying her visits to Scotland, the birthplace of her mother, as well as her annual getaway to London with her daughter, Jennifer.
Jan is survived by her husband, Stirling; by her five children, Stirling Craig (Josephine); Ian (Lorraine); Alison; David (Elizabeth); and Jennifer (Jim); by her two brothers, Murray and Lyn Johnson; and by her eight grandchildren: Ian, Wesley, Justin, Alexandria, Arianna, Alyssa, Lauren, and Ryan.
A vigil service commencing with a visitation at 4:30 p.m. and a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. will be held Thursday, January 14 at Our Lady of the Assumption Church at 5057 Cottage Way in Carmichael, CA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, January 15, at 10 a.m. at the same location. Close family members will attend a private Rite of Committal in Taft, California.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to the SPCA, Sacramento Sutter Care at Home (Hospice) and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.