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Virginia Levering Price Nelson, born June 30, 1916, in Selma, Ohio to George Canby and Emily Rebecca Levering, died Jan 30, 2018 (aged 101 years) at Sunrise on Clayton Senior Living in St. Louis, MO.  She was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters, Ruth White, Margaret Stubbs, and Elizabeth Ott, and by her husbands Benjamin Joseph Price and Arthur William Nelson, Jr.  She is survived by her children, Joseph Levering (Joel) Price (Elisabeth), Thomas Hosmer Price (Sondra), Margaret Anne Carrico (Lee), and John Duncan Price (Beverly and Tonya), five step-children from her second marriage, eleven grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, and one great, great grandchild.
 Her parents had been Quaker missionaries in Mexico, and she was raised a Quaker at the Guilford College campus in Greensboro, NC.  She was educated at Westtown School (outside Philadelphia), Guilford College (BS), and Vanderbilt University Nursing School (BS in Nursing).  She married her first husband, Joseph Price, while he was a medical student and she was studying nursing at Vanderbilt University.  At the time he had developed thyroid cancer and not expected to live long, a prediction that proved inaccurate.  After graduation, they lived in Birmingham, AL, Mobile, AL, and New Orleans, LA before settling in Meridian MS in 1946, where Joe established his medical practice and all their children were raised.  During this time, she was very active in the Episcopal Church and in the community, including a period as President of the Junior Auxiliary.  Joe's cancer recurred in the late 1950's, and he died in 1962.  Virginia then returned to nursing and worked as a nursing supervisor at Riley's Hospital in Meridian.  She subsequently obtained a Masters in Nursing Education at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson and was one of the founders of the Nursing School at Meridian Community College.  After retirement in 1981, she moved to the Levering family orchard on the Blue Ridge mountain in southwestern Virginia, where she built a house.  In 1996, at age 80, she married again to a family friend, Arthur Nelson.  They lived in Meridian, MS, with frequent excursions to the Blue Ridge and the Gulf Coast, until his death in 2008.  In 2009 she moved to Hopkinsville, KY, near the home of her son Tom and his wife Sondra, first to the Christian Care Community, and later to Morningside Assisted Living.  She celebrated her 100th birthday in 2016 with a party of family and friends at the Land Between the Lakes.  In 2017, she developed increasing symptoms of Alzheimer's disease and moved to Sunrise Senior Living in St. Louis, MO, near to her son Joel and his wife Elisabeth.  Almost to the end, she was a vibrant, gracious woman who was fascinated by the people around her and determined to do her part to make the world a better place.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the memorial fund of St. Paul's Episcopal Church would be welcome.
Published on February 6, 2018
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