Bonita Price

Jan. 16, 1927-April 26, 2001

HERMISTON — Bonita Price, 74, of Hermiston died April 26, in Hermiston from complications with pneumonia. She had also been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1997.

She was born Pauline Martineau on Jan. 16, 1927 in Bisbee, Ariz. She married Irvin Price on May 24, 1944, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Both Bonita and Irvin only had a high school education, however, they encouraged their children to go to college. To have an education was paramount. As a result of their parents’ encouragement, their children have all gone to college.

Bonita is survived by her children: Robert Irvin Price of Kearney, Neb., who received a Ph.D. in physics from Arizona State University and is a physics professor at Kearney State University; Leila Maya Spilker of Florida, who has received a bachelor’s degree in accounting; Leland Michael Price, who was disabled in childhood and resides at the Hermiston Good Samaritan Center; I. Garth Price of Eugene, who has received an associate of engineering in Electronics engineering from OIT and is an engineering specialist; Brenda Price of Salem, who received a bachelor’s degree in education from Brigham Young University; and William (Tony) Price of Portland, who is a few credits shy of an associates and is a computer guru. She is also survived by three granddaughters and one great-granddaughter.

Bonita was preceded in death by her husband, Irvin Garth Price, on Feb. 22, 1999; and two daughters, Patricia Ann Price on July 31, 1945, and Vonita Jean Price on Nov. 27, 1951.

Bonita loved flowers. Gardening was her gift. She especially loved irises. She had five different varieties of them: Dutch, Louisiana, Oriental, American Standard and miniature. At one time, she had over 100 different colors of the American Standard variety; some of them very rare.

Her graveside service was held at the Hermiston Cemetery on May 5. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston was in charge of the arrangements.

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