Another bright star is shining in the heavens. Our mom is once again joined with the love of her life. When her journey home ended on June 8, Helen Price was 86. It was a beautiful journey filled with love, family and friendship. Mom truly knew how to live in the moment and believed that her family and friends were her greatest gifts. She cherished us all.
Always a devoted Catholic, her great faith in God, humility and compassion were her guides. Her life began in 1930 on Willow Street in Glen Ridge, where she grew up as the daughter of the late James and Margaret Gilbert. Mom graduated from Glen Ridge High School in 1948 and attended Rutgers University. She was introduced to a tanned, barefoot art student on the beach in Bay Head one summer named Wally Price who became the love of her life. Helen married Wally April 11, 1953. They honeymooned in Bermuda, steps that the whole family would retrace to celebrate their wedding anniversary 30 years later where they again recited their vows in a beautiful chapel.
She was an active member of St Mary’s parish and lived in New Monmouth for over 35 years before retiring to her most recent home in Manchester. Helen was past Regent of Catholic Daughters of America. She was awarded Permanent Member status to the Coast Guard Auxiliary for her years of volunteer service at the U.S. Coast Guard Station at Sandy Hook. She and Dad were avid boaters, spending most summers cruising the local water ways and those of the Long Island Sound. She worked for many years at Shadow Lawn Savings Bank in Middletown and later at Day’s Funeral Home in Red Bank.
Helen was predeceased by her mother and father Margaret and James Gilbert, her husband of 50 years Wallace Price and her older brother Thomas Gilbert. She is survived by her three sons Michael, Jeffrey and Richard, their spouses Carol, Kim and Robin, her six grandchildren Jeffrey Jr., Michelle, Tori, Christopher, Samantha and Jesse and two great grandchildren William and Charles, her youngest brother James Gilbert, his wife Jean and sister-in-law Patricia Gilbert.
Friends and family are invited to a memorial mass to celebrate Helen’s life at St. Mary’s Chapel on Leonardville Road in New Monmouth, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 18. At her request there will not be a visitation service. The family requests that in lieu of flowers a donation be made in her honor to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The Thompson Memorial Home in Red Bank is entrusted with the arrangements.
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