The Ottumwa Courier


November 13, 2013

Bernice Price

OTTUMWA — Bernice Chloe (Howe) Price, 75, of Ottumwa, formerly of Chillicothe, died at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 12, 2013, at her sister’s home in Evansdale following a battle against cancer.

She was born March 29, 1938, in Cresco, the daughter of Orson “Bill” Howe and Lucille (Macal) Ingeltheron.

On Aug. 26, 1955, she married Charles A. Price in Independence and moved to Avery, and then to Chillicothe, where they raised their three children. Bernice worked as a substitute at the U.S. Post Office until she became the post mistress at the Chillicothe Post Office in 1976 and then retired from the Post Office after 23 years of service. She had a great love for children and showed this in her volunteer work at the Ottumwa Schools in the Foster Grandparents Program, which she was involved in for four years. Bernice’s favorite pastime was Bingo and being with her family and friends. A special mention from her family about the love and involvement she had with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her three children, Terry Allen (Leann) Price of Eldon, Kari Lynn (Dave) Gates of Ottumwa and Larry Mark Price of Ottumwa; four grandchildren, Tara Ann (William) Mundell, Trenton Allen Price, Cody Allen Price and Kaytlin Rose Branham; two great-grandchildren, Keyton and Keely; two sisters, Mary (Wayne) Ehrig and Marlene Ahends; two brothers, David Krall and Mike Krall, all of Evansdale; as well as eight nieces, 12 nephews, numerous great-nieces and great-nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Lucille; a brother, Lester Howe; and two sisters, Bonnie Johannessen and Nancy Krall.

Following Bernice’s wishes, her body has been donated to the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.

A family-directed memorial gathering will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the St. Patrick Church basement (840 Church St., the corner of Ward and Church streets) in Ottumwa.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.

Kearns Funeral Service Kimball Chapel assisted family with arrangements (319-233-3146).

Online condolences may be left at

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