Jane Steinhauer Price, passed away Saturday, August 9. She was born on September 27, 1927, to the late William and Katherine Steinhauer in Birmingham, Ala. Her formative years were spent in Columbus, Ga., where she attended St. Elmo elementary school and returned to Birmingham to be inducted into the National Honor Society and complete her high school education in 1944. After graduation, Jane put aside her acceptance into the School of Engineering at Auburn University and married her high school sweetheart, Donald Corbett Price. She joined Don in the summer of 1944 when he was called for service in the Air Corp during World War II.
After returning to Columbus, Ga. and birthing three wonderful daughters, the family moved to Tallahassee, in 1955 and Jane became a very active member of the community she loved. She was a member of the Tallassee Garden Club, where she served as President of the Club as well as chairman of her circle. Her love of gardening motivated her to attain the status of “Master Gardener.” Jane’s expertise in flower arranging earned her many blue ribbons as well as the privilege of doing the flower arrangements for many of the weddings around Tallahassee. She also served on the original “Tree and Landscaping” Ordinance Board and was instrumental in preserving the beautiful trees that have made Tallahassee such a lovely city over the years.
In 1971, Jane was given the prestigious “Woman of the Year” award in Tallahassee. She served as President of the Town Club and both Don and Jane were founding members of Springtime Tallahassee. Jane also served as festival chairman of Springtime Tallahassee and she and Don were given the honor of representing Springtime Tallahassee as Andrew Jackson and Rachel in 1978.
Jane was always at Don’s side, supporting him in his victorious bid for the State Legislature and was instrumental in his success as a public servant on both the Tallahassee City and County commissions. She worked tirelessly as the head bookkeeper for Peoples Bank and as Don’s bookkeeper at WONS-WBGM radio stations. She was also a founding member of the Episcopal Church of the Advent on Piedmont Drive, where many of her grandchildren attended pre-school.
In her retirement years, Jane found time to continue gardening, decorating, fishing, traveling the world and keeping her keen mind sharp by spending wonderful afternoons of bridge with her special group of “bridge buddies.” No matter where Jane was—whether in the North Georgia mountains or cruising around the world, there was always time for a good game of bridge!
Jane is survived by her husband, Donald Corbett Price, of Westminster Oaks in Tallahassee. Don and Jane’s marriage lasted 70 wonderful years and they have been blessed with three devoted daughters (and sons-in-law): Katherine Price Harris (Ben) of Madison; Donna Price McGill (Buddy) of Lakeland, Ga.; and Janet Price Warner (Ronnie) of Havana, Fl. They have also been blessed with seven grandchildren: Andy Johnston (Lori) of McClenny, Fl.; Don Price Johnston of Miami; Michelle Johnston Rowe (Michael) of Monticello; Wendi Warner Sellers of Southport, Fl.; Commander Benjamin Wade Harris, USN (Heather) of Lexington Park, Md.; Mandi Warner Hartman (Paul) of Tallahassee; and William Price Harris (Nichole) of Dunnellon, Fl. She is also survived by 17 special great-grandchildren.
A graveside service was held Thursday, August 14, at MeadowWood Memorial Park in Tallahassee. Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Price’s honor to the Tallahassee Garden Club (507 North Calhoun Street, Tallahassee, Fl. 32301). Bevis Funeral Home of Tallahassee assisted the family with their arrangements (www.bevisfh.com, (850) 385-2193).