Memorial Funeral Home, Crematory & Memorial Park Cemetery/Columbia
1217 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, MO
Nancy Virginia Price
June 10, 1936 – January 3, 2020
Nancy Virginia Price, age 83, of Columbia MO passed away on Friday, January 3, 2020. She was born in St. Louis, MO to parents, George Morris and Virginia Olds.
She graduated California State University Long Beach with a B.A. in Physics. Nancy was a pioneer in computer science beginning her work in 1957 for McDonnell Douglas. During her 45-year aerospace career, Nancy managed air defense programs in Israel, NATO countries, and the U.K. She retired from Hughes Aircraft Company as the President of Hughes Canada System Division responsible for Canadian Air Traffic Control systems. She then joined Boeing Defense & Space Group as Vice President, Manager of Aviation Systems. She received numerous awards for her work, most notably, the aerospace achievement award for successfully leading the completion of “the most advanced radar defense system in the world” for the U.K. in 1993. Nancy was an inspiring leader, beloved by both her coworkers and customers.
Nancy loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. An avid golfer, she also enjoyed investing, riding motorcycles, and traveling all over the world.
She is survived by her children: Kelly Poor and Kim Price; sisters, Barbara Scott and Kathy Haberstroh, and brother, Edward Morris; and grandchildren, Dominic Price, Kendall Poor and Sarah Poor. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Kelly McDonald.
Memorial services will be held at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia MO on January 18, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Donations in Nancy’s honor may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
c/o Memorial Funeral Home 1217 Business Loop 70 W. , Columbia, MO 65202
- Funeral Service Saturday, January 18, 2020
Nancy Virginia Price
January 28, 2020
Nancy loved to travel and while Kelly and I were in Europe with her we'd take trips together mostly to London. We'd go to museums together and to plays/musicals. We traveled there together along with my brother once and attended an art auction at Sotheby's. As a mother-in-law, Nancy was loving to me and the fact she was up for anything that Kelly and I wanted to do made her a great companion while we were in Europe. Joel Poor
January 27, 2020
Nancy was my big sister, we were born a year and a half apart - we shared a lifetime together! She was a very special person. I had to follow a determined scholar, great athlete and all around well adapted girl. Not an easy task since my interests were very different!! On one occasion, she was traveling cross country f or a job interview and as we all know, she had no interest in fashion and usually wore some very marginal outfits!! We met at O'Hare Airport in Chicago and ended up exchanging clothes, I went home and dumped her outfit in the trash!! She was offered the job she interviewed for, but decided not to take it!! I will always cherish the time we had together - so many good times !! I will always miss her and keep herin my heart.
January 26, 2020
Nancy was my oldest sister and 10 years older than I am. She helped raise me after our father passed away when I was 5 years old. She took over many of our mother's duties and helped raise my other siblings. She would ride me around the neighborhood in the basket of her bicycle. She included me in many of her teenage activities. When she was in high school she made me the mascot for her basketball team at St. Joseph's Academy. I had a cheerleading outfit just like the cheerleaders and went to all her games. After she was married and moved to CA she invited me to spend part of my summer vacations with her during my teen years. While there she and her husband planned many fun camping excursions, trips to the beach and visits to Disney Land. We always kept in touch through the years and she sent me postcards from her travels around the world. I have always admired her brains, drive, athletic ability, and her kindness. She was always supportive of me and encouraged me to always do better.
Always a loving sister, she will be missed. Kathy Haberstroh
January 22, 2020
This is an excerpt from the last letter written to my mother, Nancy Price, and shared during her memorial service on January 18, 2020.
I know you are now in heaven and free from suffering in this life. I haven’t been able to tell you for a long time how much you meant to me. I miss your laugh, your smile, your joy for life, and your love for your family.
So how do I describe you? Unconventional, strong, brainy, giving, loving and very tenacious. You were a trailblazer for me and many others. You lived life to the fullest without boundaries. I only wish you could see the success of your grandchildren. Dominic, Kendall and Sarah all graduated from college. Sarah is the Physics major you always wanted. Your success, love, and encouragement throughout all of our lives is your legacy. You will always be my mother, my mentor, and my friend. May you rest in a well-deserved peace.
Kelly Poor, daughter
January 11, 2020
first of all Barbara, Kathy and Eddie, I am so sorry for your loss. It has been a long time since we have seen each other. But I remember you all with love and all the great memories of Graybridge lane. Kelly's poppy seed cookies, Barbara your great laugh and sparkling eyes, Kathy and Susie S having plays with me on Henry's jungle gym, the creek, Eddie shooting his gun and hitting the Wulff house and Jimmies foot(?). Your Mom, Ginny, who I loved very much. Nancy, I didn't know well, but many times she came by to visit my Mom and Dad, when I was older and I loved her intellect and smile and her warmth. Love to you all. I carry all of you in my heart along with all the great Graybridge memories. :)