Lucille Edith Price
June 30, 1924 – Dec. 16, 2015
Lucille Edith Price passed away Wednesday evening while at Boulder Park Terrace in Charlevoix, Michigan.
The fifth of seven children, Lucille, or “Lucy” was born June 30th, 1924 to parents Ervin and Mable Bradley of Boyne City, Michigan. Growing up on North Park Street, Lucy enjoyed skating, sledding, exploring, and swimming.
Living in Northern Michigan during the depression provided her with the strength she exhibited as she progressed through life and its many travails.
Lucy graduated from Boyne City High School in 1942.
She then worked at the Boyne City Bakery until moving to Detroit to assist with wartime production.
She returned to Boyne City and on August 10, 1946 married Harold L. Price, who had returned to Boyne City after serving the Army in Europe.
Together, they remained in Boyne City to raise four children: Hal, Brad, Penny, and Brian.
The two remained happily married for 63 years until Harold’s passing in 2010.
Lucille had the complete battery of mothering and housekeeping skills. Constant mending, sewing, and patching of clothes was itself quite the task.
Keeping up with everyone else’s schedules never brought a complaint.
Cooking was a real talent, but required much hard work.
As a cook, she could can and preserve as well as deep fry to perfection. Rich chocolate nougat cookies, cinnamon rolls, and special cheddar rolls were special items that are fondly remembered. She was able to innovate and create on the fly. Lucy’s “Italian Spaghetti” was a favorite of the family.
She also prepared it for then Governor G. Mennen “Soapy” Williams. His compliments made her quite proud.
Lucille’s work throughout life was varied but perpetual. She worked with Harold while he was an insurance agent and managed the State of Michigan License Bureau in Boyne City. She worked briefly at a Boyne City manufacturing plant.
For over a decade, she worked with friend Helen Anzell to open and clean many Walloon Lake Cottages.
Despite a full schedule, Lucy found time to dabble in golf with her sister Vera.
Truly possessing a giving spirit, Lucy made time to volunteer on top of these many other obligations and commitments.
She collected for the Community Chest and Cancer Society, and supported Scouts, Little League, and various band and school fundraisers.
She helped Harold during his time as VFW Smeltania Post Commander and assisted with his administrating the Charlevoix County Veteran’s Trust Fund for a number of years.
She also worked election polling in Boyne City for many election cycles.
Comfortable, happy, and close to family in Boyne City, travel was usually not at Lucy’s request, but was accepted and generally appreciated.
Her husband’s WWII unit—2nd Armored Division “Hell on Wheels”—held yearly reunions around the United States, which allowed her to enjoy and experience her country.
Harold and Lucille hosted one such reunion centered out of Sault Ste. Marie.
A good time was realized by all who attended.
Harold and Lucille visited Florida yearly to escape Michigan’s winter, and to enjoy Detroit Tiger Spring Training.
The pair also visited Las Vegas, Grand Ole Opry, Reno, and California to visit her brother Larry and relatives.
Lucy’s special interests included Boyne City Sports, Detroit Tigers, family endeavors spanning all generations, pulling the slots, and bingo anytime, anywhere.
Lucille was a member of the Boyne City Presbyterian Church and found comfort in her faith. Beth Broschartis, the current pastor, found a fast and genuine relationship with Lucy which will continue.
Lucille was preceded in death by her parents, Ervin and Mable; husband Harold; brothers Carl (Helen), Emmett (Marcia) and Michael; and sisters Audrey (John) and Vera (Pete).
Lucille is survived by her sons, Hal, Brad (Barbara), Brian (Pam); daughter Penny Petrusky (Mark), sister in-law Evelyn; grandchildren Ryan (Allison) Petrusky, Tyler, Ajax, Trevor, Rory; great grandchild Lance Petrusky; and loyal companion Sarge.
We would like to thank so many, but not limited to: Boulder Park staff and nurses: competent, compassionate care was appreciated.
The hospitals in both Petoskey and Charlevoix were great with many serious medical procedures and during the recovery periods each time.
Thank you to Hospice of Northwest Michigan’s nurses. Thanks to the many neighbors and people of Boyne City for their thoughts and prayers.
A great one was lost with Lucille Edith Price’s passing.
She will be missed forever!
Donations can be made in Lucy’s memory to the First Presbyterian church in Boyne City.
The family plans to hold a memorial service for her in the summer.