Martha "Petey" Tinkham Price of Chautauqua, N.Y., who was born on June 19, 1926, died on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, surrounded by her loving family.
A native of Jamestown, she is the daughter of Norman M. and Martha Dibert Tinkham. She attended Euclid Avenue School and Washington Junior High School in Jamestown, and Chatham Hall Secondary School in Virginia. She matriculated at Smith College in Massachusetts, where she spent two years before her marriage to Samuel P. Price of Jamestown, on Oct. 12, 1946.
Petey and Sam raised a family of six children and now have 19 grandchildren and 11 greatgrandchildren. Petey's focus in life was her husband and her children. Her career was as a wife and mother which she came by naturally and did superbly. The recipients of her love and care whether family or her hosts of friends were enriched and supported beyond measure. She had a great love for Chautauqua Institution, where she spent summers from 196783, when Chautauqua became her permanent residence. She was a member of the Friends of Smith Library, Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle (CLSC), and she enjoyed attending the many cultural offerings at Chautauqua, especially dance programs, lectures and movies. She was a familiar figure walking the grounds.
Petey lavished her sparkling enthusiasm for life on her large family, wide circle of cherished friends, and the person next to her on a plane or in a post office line. She was an avid reader, intellectually alive, a lover of fresh air and gardening, the maker of the best comfort food anywhere, and, as her husband, Sam coined her and a thousand and one recipients can attest, a "world class hugger." To the end of her life, she exhibited a keen interest in the people around her and had a rich fund of stories made possible by her remarkable memory. Especially to her family, she is simply a gift, a bottomless source of hope in life's goodness. Her husband, Sam often remarked that marrying Petey was the best decision he ever made.
Petey was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Mary Doolittle, and is survived by her six children: Clark (Charlene) Price of Rochester, Marty Young of Rochester, Tom (Barbi) Price of Chautauqua, Sam (Anita) Price Jr., of Jamestown; Theo (Dustin) Nelson of Bemus Point, and Norman (HeiJa Martin) Price of Amherst, Mass. Surviving grandchildren are: Vanessa Sanchez, Samuel C. Price, Emily Hicks, Kathryn P. Price, Sarah Young, Nathan P. Young, Berit T. Young, Elizabeth Kasbar, Margaret Adler, Penfield C. Price, Coco Price, Alexandra Price, Samuel P. Price III, Molly M. Price, Sophie Nelson, Dustin Nelson Jr., Wilson P. Nelson, Charlotte R. Price and Owen M. Price.
A private family graveside service will be held at the Chautauqua Cemetery.
Friends will be received from 36 p.m. Wednesday in the Lind Funeral Home.
The family suggests that memorials be made to: Chautauqua Region Community Foundation or the Chautauqua Foundation or the James Prendergast Library Association or to a charity of choice.
You may light a candle in remembrance of Petey at www.lindfuneralhome.com.