Mary Price

Rosary College professor, writer

Mary McGoohan Price, 78, a longtime Oak Parker who had retired to Columbus, Indiana before returning to Oak Park in her later years, died on Dec. 17, 2019 at Belmont Village Senior Living. Born on Oct. 26, 1941 in Brownsville, Texas as the youngest daughter of Mary (Thornham) and Edward McGoohan, she married John Edward Price in Evanston on June 28, 1968. Shortly thereafter, the couple settled in Oak Park.

She studied at Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas (B.A.) and at Loyola University of Chicago (M.A. and PhD). Her degrees were in Philosophy and English Literature (specifically 18th Century English Literature). She used her education as a professor at Rosary College in River Forest (now Dominican University), then later in a long career as a writer and editor for various professional journals and for such publications as Who’s Who in America. 

During her time in Oak Park, she was active in various community organizations, including West Suburban PADS (now known as Housing Forward) and on the flower and music committees at her congregation (Beacon Unitarian Church and then Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation). An avid gardener, her home was also featured on various housewalks and in commercials. The couple’s home on Fair Oaks was earned a “Cavalcade of Pride” award from the village of Oak Park. In June 1999, the couple moved to Columbus, Indiana where they enjoyed a quieter life of biking, hiking, and, of course, tending to their garden. She continued her volunteerism as a tutor for the local school reading program and participated in the Community Hot Meals program for a decade. She was also a member of Columbus Shakespeare Club and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus. 

Mary Price is survived by her children, James Brendan Price (Susan Mitchell) and Alison Price (Douglas Askham); her brother, Edward McGoohan; her grandchildren, Conor Bernoski Price, Nathan Thompson, Nicholas Thompson, Ian Askham and Anne Askham; and her many nieces and nephews. 

A memorial service was held at Unity Temple in Oak Park on Jan. 20. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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