Doris Elizabeth (Van Fossen) Price

Doris Elizabeth (Van Fossen) Price
Doris Elizabeth (Van Fossen) Price

Doris Elizabeth (Van Fossen) Price, age 88, of Sun Prairie, passed away on Thursday, July 10, 2014, at her home. She was born in Perry, Iowa, on Nov. 22, 1925, the daughter of Elizabeth (Laver) and Earl C. Van Fossen. In 1948, she received her bachelor’s degree in history at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa. She went on to achieve a master’s degree in library science in 1949 from George Peabody University (Vanderbilt University) in Nashville, Tenn. After college, she worked at the Michigan State University as part of the library staff. On Sept. 5, 1951, she married Joseph Price, who preceded her in death on Aug. 7, 1994. Joe managed Spurgeon stores throughout Wisconsin and Illinois during his working years.

Doris loved aviation all her life, and in the 1950s took flying lessons and achieved a private pilot’s license. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star (Perry, IA and Cottage Grove, WI chapters) and the Monona Kiwanis Club. Doris was also an active member of Monona Methodist Church. One of her life’s passions was music. Doris played the piano, organ and flute. She was a piano and organ teacher for 25 years, and she performed at church functions and various piano recitals, particularly the annual Piano Teachers’ Festival at the Hilldale Mall. Her favorite music to listen to was Broadway musicals. Doris also loved a good mystery show, literature, animals, people and chocolate. She secretly pined over John Wayne, almost never missing a John Wayne movie marathon on TV.

Doris is survived by her son, David (Lori) Price; one grandchild, Matthew Price (Lindsey Simmons); and one great-grandchild, Sophia Ann.

Funeral services will be held at MONONA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 606 Nichols Rd., Monona, 1:00 p.m., on Friday, July 18, 2014, with the Rev. Brad Van Fossen officiating. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in Portage. Visitation will held at the church from 11 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday.

Doris’s sense of humor, her wisdom, her music and her chocolate stashes will be missed by all those who knew her. May the first thing she hears when she arrives in heaven is a George Gershwin tune served up with a piece of devishly rich chocolate. Here’s to you Doris! Online condolences may be made at