Honoring and Remembering
Dorothy Elizabeth Witherspoon and Orval Price
Mom and Dad
by Nancy Price Allen
Mom and Dad around the time they met at Ada High School
Mom, Dorothy Elizabeth Witherspoon, was born Aug. 14, 1921 in Ada, Oklahoma. Dad, Orval Price, was born September 6, 1920 in Duncan, Oklahoma.
Mom met the love of her life, Orval Price, at Ada High School. One day she picked the young man she thought was the most handsome football player at school to help her change the tire on her car. They began to date on New Year's Eve 1937.
Mom and Dad around 1938
Ada High School (old building my parents and I attended)
They graduated from Ada High School in 1939. Mom attended Sullins College in Bristol, VA and Oklahoma University in Norman, OK. At OU she was a member of Chi Omega Sorority. Dad attended East Central University in Ada, OK. Mom was a skilled equestrian. Her horse was named Dixie. She took Dixie with her to Oklahoma University where she participated in several equestrian classes with her.
Mom's and Dad's Wedding Announcements
Ada Evening News Announcement (Dad's name should have been spelled Orval)
Marriage Licenses from the Ada Evening News
Mom and Dad fell in love and married on December 14, 1941--one week after Pearl Harbor was bombed. They left immediately for Wichita, KS to live. Dad had to be at work the next day at at Beech Aircraft Corporation factory where he was a plane inspector. Mother's dress that she and her mother picked out in Oklahoma City for the wedding didn't arrive in time as it was promised by the store, so mother just wore another dress.
Mom and Dad during WWII - 1943
Nine months after their marriage on August 27, 1942, Dad enlisted in the U.S. Army to serve his country in World War II. For the next 2 years they lived in 5 different states. Those were tumultuous times for our country. Dad was a Staff Sergeant in the 770th Ordnance Company, 70th Infantry Division. Eventually he went overseas. He embarked from Boston, MA on January 8, 1945 on the Mariposa. He disembarked from the ship in Marseilles, France after having arrived there on January 18, 1945.
in England, France, and Germany and had 20 men under his command.
He was in Hochst, Germany when word was received that Germany had surrendered
to the Allies. An informal party was held in the mess hall to celebrate
V-E Day that evening, May 8, 1945. Daddy remarked on
several occasions over the years how nice the German people were (not referring
to the military, of course). He was released from
the Army January 26, 1946.
Dad during World War II - Staff Sergeant Orval Price
After the war was over, Dad returned to Ada, OK. He and Mom started their family with me and 6 years later my sister Susan.
Mom and Dad in 1945
Dad was a building contractor (Co-owner of Price & Todd Construction Co.) for several years and then he and mom became owners of a loan company which was started by my grandfather J.G. Witherspoon (Witherspoon Finance Co.). Dad was a 5th grade Sunday School teacher for several years, president of the Ada Tennis Club for about 20 years, and Chairman of the Board of our local hospital, Valley View Regional Hospital which is now called Mercy Hospital. Mom was a fine homemaker. She played the piano and was very active in church work. Both my parents loved to go dancing and playing tennis. Dad had a whole room full of tennis trophies. He donated most of them to Ada High School to be recycled (new name plaques put on them.) He played until he was 85 years old.
Display made by Arnold Allen of Dad's flag and a few of his many tennis trophies
Announcement for Dad's Retirement Party 1999
My parents were members of the First United Methodist Church in Ada until they passed away. They were happily married for 65 years.
Dad and his construction company built the
East Central University Boswell Memorial Chapel
Mom passed away on July 8, 2007 and Dad on January 25, 2008--both of Alzheimer's. Their passing was sad, but I know they are in a better place and together. I hope to see them again some day in heaven. I wanted to honor them so I put their pictures and story here to share with you.
To learn more about Dorothy Witherspoon Price click on her name. To learn more about Orval Price click on his name.
Mom and Dad about 1989 - Mom and Dad 1981
Mother's Side of the Family
Dad's Side of the Family
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