Mildred Frances Price Bissell was born Aug. 31, 1912 at Delaware, Ohio, a daughter of the late Charles Price Sr. and Jesse Mosier Price. She went to be with the Lord on June 9, 2013, at the Willows in Parkersburg, W.Va., at the age of 100 years, 10 months and 19 days.
She grew up on Mt. Olive (Long Bottom, Ohio) and lived with her daugher, Marjorie Welsh, in Tuppers Plains, and later Belpre (Veto area) until failing health ultimately forced her to reside in a nursing facility. She was the oldest resident at the Willows, where she enjoyed bingo and gospel singing.
She leaves to mourn her passing the following family members, one son, George (Beth) Bissell of Plymouth, Ohio; one daughter, Marjorie Welsh of Belpre, Ohio; 9 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; two daughters-in-law, Joann Bissell of Commercial Point, Ohio, and Gloria Bissell of New Haven, Ohio; plus several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Bissell; two sons, Elber Bissell and Thomas Bissell; one son-in-law, Dale Welsh Sr.; two brothers, Charles Price Jr. and William (Billy) Price; and six sisters, Evelyn, Ethel, Eloise, Dorothy, Mary and Margie. She was the last of her family.
Mildred had worked for many years as a cook, first on riverboats, then at Ohio University for 10 years, and later with Eastern Local Schools at Tuppers Plains Elementary School from which she retired in 1974. During World War II, she worked in a defense plant in Kent, Ohio area as "Rosie the riveter." Mildred had been a faithful Christian for many years and was a member of the Long Bottom United Methodist Church, where she attended until the family moved to Washington County in 1989. In her younger years, she played the piano and organ at the church.
On Mildred's 100th birthday, she was honored with a front page story in the Seniors edition of the Parkersburg News and Sentinel. She will be fondly remembered for her generosity, her kindly smile and her gentle humor, even in the midst of suffering and trial. She will be sadily missed by all who knew and loved her.
Services will be on Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Belpre, with Rev. Richard Thomas, husband of granddaughter Bonnie Thomas. Burial will follow in the Sandhill Cemetery, Long Bottom, Ohio. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 6-8 p.m.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.leavittfuneralhome.com