Heaven’s gates opened wide December 10, 2018 so that Janella “Nellie” Thomas Wathen Price could be greeted by her husband, Jack, her son John, her sister Katherine Ann Price, and her Parents, Mark and Katie Wathen. If asked what she felt proudest about in her life, she quickly answered, “my three kids”. Her eldest child, John, passed away in February 2016. Her two daughters, Janella “JT/Toty” Price and Margaret Price are left to miss her sweet smile and soft-spoken words. Although shy and humble, she could be as stubborn as a mule. It was that hard-headedness that saw her through her medical issues the last few weeks in her valiant battle with cancer. Nellie, as she was often called in her younger days, worked in the meat department at Kroger for three years. In the next few years while a stay-at-home mom, she studied for and passed her test to sell real estate, which she did for a number of years before going to work at the Lexington Herald-Leader in proofreading. She moved to Ad Service where she enjoyed the variety and challenge in laying out advertisements for the paper. After 26 years, she retired. Off and on throughout her eighty-four years, she enjoyed bowling and jigsaw puzzles. In the last few years, she has been a dedicated attendee at cardiac rehab exercise program and lightweight boxing. She loved animals and had several cats, dogs, horses and miniature donkeys through the years. She loved homegrown tomatoes, orange pies and all the seasons of the Hallmark movies. Her recent crowning joy was visiting the Kentucky Castle last week. Something she had wanted to do for many years.
In addition to her daughters, she is survived by five grandchildren Fay (Jason) Wells, Theresa (Jeremy) Bell, Courtney (Anthony) Crosby, Jackie Williams, Billy Jack Brown and seven great grandchildren Autumn, Hilaena and Kori Bell, Nyah Wells, and Jason, Isaiah, and Rosie Williams, several nieces and nephews and her St Peter Church family. Pallbearers will be Jeremy Bell, Billy Jack Brown, Anthony Crosby, Gary Lile, Matt Mattox and Jason Wells. Honorary pallbearer is Kenny Griffin.
The visitation will be Thursday from 5-8pm at Milward-Broadway. The Mass of Christian Burial will take place Friday at 2pm at St. Peter Catholic Church on Barr Street, with Fr. Norman Fischer officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Grass Memorial Gardens.
Contributions in Janella’s memory can be made to the John and Maggie Price Family Foundation fund, which supports several local organizations, at www.bgcf.org.