Nancy Price, long-time member and former president of the League of Women Voters of the San Antonio Area, died November 27. Her distinguished service with the League included leadership roles in the areas of voter services, legislative issues, studies, budget, membership and fundraising; she also hosted many League events. She was a mentor to new board members and an ambassador for the League in the community.
“Nancy’s passionate commitment and dedication to the League and its mission will continue to inspire current and future League leaders as we stride through this turbulent period for our democracy,” said Madhu Sridhar, president of LWVSA. “She always focused on solutions, a sign of a good leader,” Sridhar continued. “I especially enjoyed Nancy’s sense of humor and admired her poise and composure in difficult situations. She will be missed.”
Nancy was known and loved for her hard work and spirit of sharing as well as her ability to make and keep friends. She was always willing to pitch in and do whatever needed to be done, including opening her King William home for League holiday parties as well as the King William Fair and other community events.
Nancy hosted many foreign students through the years, and she participated in the International Visitors program, a national effort that gave emerging international leaders the opportunity to meet with citizens and share their vision.
She and her family arrived in San Antonio in 1965, and she immediately jumped into community engagement.
In the past several years, health issues kept her from many of the activities she was known for, but she maintained her friendships with League members and did what she could to help.
On learning of her death, League members who knew her for a long time reminisced about Nancy.
Arlis Olsen recalled the lavish spread and warm atmosphere of the holiday gatherings and the way she made the foreign students feel like family. “It was one of her talents,” she said. “She made us all feel like family.”
Evelyn Bonavita recalled her generosity and her wonderful sense of humor. “Nancy was so fun and friendly. I know we all remember her fondly,” she said.
Martha Lankford spoke of her “infectious, hearty laugh that made you laugh with her,” and called Nancy her mentor when she joined the League. “She's one of those special people who come into our lives and make us better for having known them,” she said.
Nancy left her mark on San Antonio, and she will live on in the fond memories of untold numbers of people.
A memorial service will be held January 7 at 2 p.m. at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Antonio, 7150 I-10, San Antonio, TX 78213.