Services to be July 24 For Nellie Della Price, Age 88

Nellie Della (Oomittuk) Price

Services for Nellie Della (Oomittuk) Price, a longtime Sitkan, are scheduled 10 a.m. Monday, July 24, at St. Peter’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church. 

A potluck will follow.

Della died July 2 in Wrangell. She was 88.

She was born June 12, 1935, in Point Hope, the daughter of Daisy and Guy Oomittuk, and grew up living in a sod house.

In 1949, when she was 14, she came to Sitka to attend Mt. Edgecumbe High School – and she never left.

After graduating from MEHS, she enrolled in a nursing school and worked at SEARHC, as a nurse and ward clerk, for more than 30 years.

She married Leo Price in October 1963, and worked at the Taxidermy Shop.

A traditional Inupiaq, she loved to eat and prepare the traditional foods. She liked to sew her own clothes, and play cards until the wee hours with her “old lady posse.”

She was very social within the community. She faithfully attended church and sang in the choir for decades.

She enjoyed going to the Mt. Edgecumbe High basketball games and see the kids.

She also liked to travel to see family and friends, and while she never moved back to Point Hope she visited there most years.

Her husband died in May 1995.

She is survived by her daughter Linda (Price) Walters, who is married to James Walters, Sitka. Her grandsons are Wyatt Ojala, who is married to Jackie Ojala, of Sitka; Ethan Ojala, who is married to Ali Ojala, of Tacomma, Washington; Juddson Walters, Sitka; and Derek Walters, Harbor Springs, Michigan.

Great-grandsons are Aiden Ojala and Gunnar Ojala, both of Sitka; and granddaughters are Lorelei Ojala of Nashville, Tennessee, and Juniper Ojala of Tacoma.

Pallbearers will be James Walters, Juddson Walters, Wyatt Ojala, Ethan Ojala, Aiden Ojala and Gunnar Ojala.

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