Priscilla Price Jones Smith, 68, of Pisgah Forest, NC passed away early Wednesday morning, November 13, 2019 after a long fight with her life-long heart condition, and ultimately, congestive heart failure. Priscilla was born in Southern California, in the town of Ontario, on Friday, January 12, 1951. She always considered herself a California girl, even after living in numerous other parts of the country. She was born to, and raised by, Jack and Doris Price, who moved their family to Lake Oswego, Oregon when Priscilla was still a girl. Priscilla grew up in Lake Oswego and graduated from Lake Oswego High School in 1969. She was a wonderful woman who brought love and life to the many people who were fortunate to have met her.
After high school, Priscilla attended college at Central Washington State, where she met Jerry Glenn Jones with whom she married and had four wonderful children together. Priscilla moved with Jerry to Montana where she lived in a lookout tower as the wife of a forest ranger. In Montana, she had her first son Eli Milarepa. Priscilla and the family moved to the Seattle, Washington area where she gave birth to her daughter Darcy Alice. After a few years, Priscilla moved with her family to the community of Stelle, Illinois where she gave birth to her daughter Amanda Michelle. After several years in Illinois, Priscilla moved with the family to the mountains of Western North Carolina, settling in the Hendersonville area and having their fourth child Micah Price. She often remarked that everywhere she lived she had a child as a souvenir from that place and time.
During this time, Priscilla met many wonderful people, touched many lives, and had countless adventures. She was always a friendly and social person who connected with people easily. She became life-long friends with many people along the way from Oregon to North Carolina. She helped her husband open and run a bicycle repair shop in Tacoma, Washington. She was a stay-at-home mother for years who cared for her children through everything that a family with many children can deal with.
She was connected to childbirth throughout her life. She was interested in midwifery early in her life, studied how to become a midwife, and assisted in many births as a midwife. She had two of her children and home, with her midwife friends assisting. In the 1990’s, in her forties, Priscilla went back to school to earn her nursing degree. She graduated from Western Carolina University in 1995. As a registered nurse, she worked in the maternity ward of Park Ridge Hospital for many years helping with the births of countless babies. She made many friends as a nurse and was an important part of the maternity ward for many years. She also assisted in the delivery of many of her grandchildren.
In the late 1980’s Priscilla and Jerry divorced and in 1995 Priscilla married Luther Elly Smith. Luther was a Landscape Architect with his own practice in Hendersonville, NC that Priscilla helped him operate. In the early 2000’s Priscilla set to building her dream home with Luther in Pisgah Forest, NC. They call this home Ottaray and enjoyed hosting family and friends at this wonderful home and property.
Priscilla also raised one of her grandsons: Milo Xander, as one of her own children. Priscilla loves and always provided for Milo through the last years of her life. Even as her health turned for the worse during this last year, Priscilla’s main focus was on how to care for Milo and make sure that he would be supported and loved for the rest of his life. She fought till the very end to try to be there for Milo’s high school graduation.
Priscilla was brave and determined fighter. She had a bad heart her entire life, undergoing open heart surgeries in the 1960’s, her early teen years, in addition to several other heart surgeries throughout her life. At the time of her first surgery, as a young lady, the doctors stated that it was unlikely that she would live very far into her twenties and would likely not be strong enough to bear children. Priscilla never accepted that and bore four healthy children and lived several decades beyond her twenties. She also had additional heart surgeries in her forties and fifties, that she always had the strength and determination to recover from. She was gladdened by the fact that none of her children or grandchildren had the heart condition she had.
Priscilla was most proud of her enormous, loving family. She is survived by four children and their spouses: Eli and Patricia Jones, Darcy and Raymond Hamrick, Amanda and John Burdette, and Micah Jones. And she is survived by nine grandchildren: Mia, Jack, Piper, Luca, Rowan, Quinn, Seren, Milo and Ivy. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and shared many special moments with all of them.
After retiring from nursing, Priscilla was able to spend more time on other pursuits. She was a Master Gardener and the landscaping around her Ottaray property was always an amazing display of carefully selected plants. She loved to spend time with the many friends that she made over the years, travelling and dining with them frequently. She loved to knit and sew, making her grandchildren many hats, sweaters, and quilts. She loved to cook and entertain at her home. She loved to travel, when her health permitted. She loved animals and always had dogs and cats as part of her family.
Priscilla’s final year was marked by tragedy, as her husband Luther passed away in June. During this time, Priscilla was fighting valiantly against a heart that was deteriorating due to congestive heart failure. Priscilla never gave up the fight to remain healthy all the way to the end. She will always be remembered as a fighter who battled most strongly against the heart problems that plagued her all her life. Even at the end, she was making plans to update the house, host Christmas parties, and get together with her grandchildren.
Priscilla was a strong, independent, loving, and caring individual. The many people who knew here will always be touched by the time she was a part of their lives. The family is saddened by the early departure of this important part of the entire family. She left a legacy of four strong, independent children, raising their own families inspired by how she raised her own.
A memorial service and celebration of Priscilla Price Jones Smith’s life is scheduled for January 12, 2020. The location and time of this event will be published when set. She will always be an inspiration to us all.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the American Heart Association in her honor.
Priscilla will be forever missed by her loving and devoted family and many dear friends.
Arrangements are in the care of Shuler Funeral Home of Hendersonville, NC. Online condolences may be shared at www.shulerfuneralhome.com.