ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our beloved sister, Julia Price. We will remember her always.
Posted by Nancy Price on February 16, 2021
Memories of Julia #4: I am continuously reminded of your generosity and impeccable taste in clothes. Whenever I wear one of your beautiful "hand-me -down" outfits I always receive compliments. Better yet, when I wear an outfit, a portion of which you gave me, I only get compliments on that portion of the outfit!
Posted by Carol Price on February 16, 2021
Julia introduced me to my first Starbucks and my first latte. I had been a life long coffee drinker, but to get in a car and drive more than 5 minutes to a place devoted to the pleasure of coffee was new, and delightful. Julia enjoyed having common interests. This was why we bonded over basketball. She loved her Warriors! I remember one phone call when I dared suggest that one of the Warrior's made a shady play in a recent game, she immediately rose firmly to his defense. I found it sweet, and humorous. When the Warriors were knocked out of the play-offs by injuries, she vowed to root for the Lakers on my behalf. Julia, it worked!
Posted by Sarah Price on February 16, 2021
One of my fondest memories of my Aunt Julie was when I was a little girl. I was visiting my grandmother for the week and Aunt Julie picked me up and took me to her house in San Francisco for the night. This was my first real big city experience and I was hooked! I remember sitting in her amazing sun room looking out onto the city and being absolutely delighted by the rows of parrots lining up on the telephone line to (in my imagination) say hi to me.

I have had several other lovely experiences at her house as an adult, when she hosted a bridal shower and baby shower for me. Each experience was like something out of a movie. Every detail was perfect. My aunt put her love into every event she did and that was seen in the planning and delivery of it. To this day I hope to be able to live up to the person she believed I was.
Posted by Janet Wooldridge on February 15, 2021
Julia and I were best friends in high school. I was one of the very few of us who went from Catholic grammar school into the wild world of public high school. She befriended me, but I don't recall when, and she and Nancy were like sisters to me. Julia's parents were my "second parents" and provided a safe place for me when the childhood I was living was hell. I am forever grateful to them for being normal parents. We spent so much time together shopping, sunbathing, swimming in her parent's pool and so many more things. Later in life, we became friends again and it was like no time had passed whatsoever. We talked on the phone daily. She was all but retired and I hoped she wasn't lonely. Our phone calls were comfort. Our parting was not anticipated and it has been sad ever since. We loved our kitties, and she even named one of mine after I described him to her. I'd just rescued two (after the other 7)... She suggested "Sundance", and I still have him and he's still dancing lightly at 17 on his crippled legs (from birth it seems). I loved that she loved her kitties, too. Madonna was one of her beloveds. To see the photos of her with a beautiful white long-haired kitty is fitting, as it is elegant, sleek, pure and innocent. I have missed my friend over these long years, but I hope she now knows that love never ends and I have never stopped loving her, my Scorpio best friend. I send my love and condolences to all of you family and friends of hers. I'm still in utter shock and tears... She left too soon. Visit me and let me know you're OK in your beautiful, colorful butterfly wings. So long for now - we will be together on the other side someday. Love never ends.
Posted by Pietra Buelow on February 15, 2021
Julia, you are so missed. You were always so supportive and caring, we had some amazing times together! In high school, you gave me confidence to enjoy those sea scout dances, couldn’t have done it without you. And cal poly was a blast as we grew into adults together. We had some great times together over the years.

I miss you. I wish your family strength and support at this enormous loss.
Posted by Carol Price on February 14, 2021
I first met Julia as her brother's girlfriend, soon to be sister-in-law, in college. I was immediately impressed by her creativity and sense of style. That talent permeated her life, including her clothes, her cars, her career and her fabulous home.

As I grew to know Julia I came to see her talent was second to the depth of her sensitivity -- her generosity of time, money, love, and empathy.

During the last few years our friendship deepened and we shared frequent phone calls about basketball, cats, politics and more.

I miss you my friend.
Posted by Joanne Greish on February 13, 2021
Even though our relationship started off as one of business; it grew to one of friendship. Because I saw Julia on a weekly basis over a span of 24 years that allowed us to have many conversations about what was happening in our lives ; good or bad; our families , recipes , sports and love of animals. Julia’s love for her entire family was obvious even though the core of our conversations often revolved around her mom and what they might have planned but also about her niece Aly and nephew Connor whom she was so proud of. Julia also entrusted me to look after her rescued furry friends through the years whenever she traveled or was away from home. Although she loved them all Julia’s beloved “Ted” might have been her favorite and she knew she could leave him in my care and not have to worry about Ted. They were buddies!! Julia’s home was like a story book full of color, and everywhere you looked something of interest would catch your eye. While Julia was elegant , classy and graceful she also was very much down to earth and truly cared about people. Julia is missed very much and will always be remembered with great fondness!!
Posted by Deborah Price Janke on February 12, 2021
When my husband Craig underwent surgery early in the morning
at Kaiser Hospital in Oakland, my dear sister Julia got up before dawn and drove from her house in San Francisco to Oakland to keep us company. I will never forget her selflessness on this and many other occasions.





Posted by Nancy Price on February 11, 2021
My Memories of Julia #3: Julia's sensitivity and concern for others was exemplified at an early age when I broke up with my 8th grade boyfriend and Julia cried.
Posted by Nancy Price on February 10, 2021
My Memories of Julia #2: Very thankful for the many spring vacations in San Diego enjoyed with "Aunt Julia", Connor and Aly. The four of us experienced many wonderful adventures together in La Jolla at the Cove, Sea World and the beautiful La Valencia Hotel.
Posted by Nancy Price on February 9, 2021
My Memories of Julia #1: Her visit to see me, while attending college, at Chico in May 1983. She arrived in her beautiful green Triumph Spitfire. She looked like a glamorous movie star. The heads of my male friends were still spinning long after she left!

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Posted by Nancy Price on February 16, 2021
Memories of Julia #4: I am continuously reminded of your generosity and impeccable taste in clothes. Whenever I wear one of your beautiful "hand-me -down" outfits I always receive compliments. Better yet, when I wear an outfit, a portion of which you gave me, I only get compliments on that portion of the outfit!
Posted by Carol Price on February 16, 2021
Julia introduced me to my first Starbucks and my first latte. I had been a life long coffee drinker, but to get in a car and drive more than 5 minutes to a place devoted to the pleasure of coffee was new, and delightful. Julia enjoyed having common interests. This was why we bonded over basketball. She loved her Warriors! I remember one phone call when I dared suggest that one of the Warrior's made a shady play in a recent game, she immediately rose firmly to his defense. I found it sweet, and humorous. When the Warriors were knocked out of the play-offs by injuries, she vowed to root for the Lakers on my behalf. Julia, it worked!
Posted by Sarah Price on February 16, 2021
One of my fondest memories of my Aunt Julie was when I was a little girl. I was visiting my grandmother for the week and Aunt Julie picked me up and took me to her house in San Francisco for the night. This was my first real big city experience and I was hooked! I remember sitting in her amazing sun room looking out onto the city and being absolutely delighted by the rows of parrots lining up on the telephone line to (in my imagination) say hi to me.

I have had several other lovely experiences at her house as an adult, when she hosted a bridal shower and baby shower for me. Each experience was like something out of a movie. Every detail was perfect. My aunt put her love into every event she did and that was seen in the planning and delivery of it. To this day I hope to be able to live up to the person she believed I was.
her Life
Throughout 2020 the family and friends of Julia Diane Price have mourned her loss and celebrated her life. Julia passed away in San Francisco on February 16, 2020 following a short illness.

Julia was an extraordinary person: gentle, generous, sensitive, kind and intelligent. She was a blessing to her parents, siblings, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Many noted that after meeting Julia Price, their lives and luck improved. 

Born in Redwood City, California, Julia spent her childhood and youth in the same house in Los Altos. She was educated at Almond elementary, Covington Jr. High and Los Altos High School. Julia graduated from CalPoly in San Luis Obispo with a degree in journalism. While at CalPoly she met and later married, at twenty-two, John Hitchcock, whom she described as her best friend during the years they were together.  
Her first jobs were in the tech industry where Julia practiced and perfected the art of public relations, eventually establishing, in her late twenties, her own company, "PricePR." She launched numerous high-tech start-ups, most of which flourished. The PricePR office in San Francisco's Marina District was furnished with art and antiques reflecting Julia's talent as a collector and decorator. She was adept at attracting talented co-workers whom she regarded almost as family, helping them both professionally and personally. Julia's last job was with "Podtrac," a company that provides audience measurement data for podcast publishers. This endeavor was both challenging and interesting.  One of Podtrac's big clients with whom Julia worked closely, was Leo Laporte's "This Week in Tech." (TWIT)

Julia's house on Dolores Street had spectacular views of the Bay Bridge and city architecture. A welcoming hostess who enjoyed putting on baby showers, wedding showers, holiday dinners and luncheons, especially for her family, Julia took great care with flower arrangements, lovely china and silver, along with the delicious food. Her family and friends were touched and charmed by the effort she put in to making these get-togethers memorable. Friends who stayed at her house marveled at the beautifully appointed spaces. One of her hobbies was collecting antique furniture and eclectic art work. The backdrop for these pieces, a renovated Victorian townhouse, had rooms painted in amethyst purple, yellow gold, turquoise blue, jade green. Visiting her house was a visual joy; one discovered fascinating objects exquisitely displayed. When a guest arrived for the weekend, Julia took them to a neighborhood bakery for coffee and pastry, and/or to the Farmer's Market to purchase produce for dinner. She loved having people around and her keen emotional intelligence allowed her to understand and empathize. This also meant that she absorbed others' sorrow and pain.


During Julia's relatively short life she traveled a lot, both for work and adventure. She showed remarkable bravery navigating downtown Manhattan, arranging press tours for her clients which took skill, intelligence and courage especially for someone who had spent all her life in the SF Bay area.

An avid sports fan, Julia never missed a Giants, Warriors or 49ers game.

She was a political progressive and lifelong Democrat who closely followed the ups and downs of local and national politics. Prior to her untimely death, Julia expressed interest in volunteering for Joe Biden's Presidential campaign.

Julia was fond of music: New Orleans jazz, classical, opera, rock. She had a gently mellifluous speaking and singing voice. One of her favorite songs was "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin.

A talented and graceful dancer, she particularly enjoyed Salsa dances.

Cautious by nature, Julia was still willing to take risks, such as learning to sail on San Francisco Bay after a friend suggested it.

Julia cared deeply about her brother, sisters, their spouses and their children. She was almost a second mother to Connor and Aly Donovan whom she saw regularly, accompanying her sister Nancy and the kids on vacations. A wonderful aunt, Julia impressed her niece Aly by performing a perfect cartwheel on her 50th birthday. Julia loved to laugh. She was never too tired to hear about her friends and family members' activities and concerns. She was a close companion to her mother, Kay Price especially after Julia's father Bill passed away. Julia and Kay had lots of fun together. Among other adventures, they both joined Los Altos Library's excellent book club.

Julia's sudden loss brings to mind the adage: "Every meeting must end in a parting." Despite this truth, we, Julia's family and friends, feel her absence every day.

Julia Diane Price is survived by her dear mother and closest friend, Kathryn Kenney Price; sister Deborah Price Janke and bother-in-law Craig Janke; brother James Kenney Price and sister-in-law Carol Greenland Price; sister Nancy Kay Price and brother-in-law Norm Donovan; niece Sarah Price Ortega, nephew David Ortega and great-niece Christina Ortega; nephew Nicholas Price; nephew Connor Price Donovan; niece Julia Alexandra Donovan; uncle Robert C. Miller; aunt Carmela Kenney; Ted, Julia's beloved Turkish angora magic cat; and many cousins, friends and co-workers.

May compassion and loving kindness envelop everyone. Please, if you wish, listen to "Stairway to Heaven" in Julia's memory.
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Shared by Natalie Barreiro on February 16, 2021
I first met Julia when I moved to Silicon Valley from Austin after graduation. She was smart, upbeat, independent, ambitious, a lot of fun and beautiful. She was 5 years older than me and one of my “bosses.” We worked closely together at two tech PR agencies. She was an adept negotiator whether it was with a demanding tech startup client or a jeweler at the Gem Show.

In addition to learning a ton from Julia when I was cutting my teeth in the work world, we had a close friendship that lasted three decades. She often told me she considered me her “little sister.” And she was a big sister to me. I treasured our time together.

Julia was warm, enthusiastic, a good listener and curious. She lit up a room. I’m so grateful for the time and special memories we shared. And for our call in January 2020, not knowing it would be the last time I would laugh with her.

Some memories that stand out: our “girls” group Saturday morning outings to the Flower Market café and bargain-hunting at the SF outlets south of Market St. We’d also go to the infamous SF Sample Sales and “fight” over who saw a favorite outfit first (we wore same size). I was honored when Julia, her sis Nancy and Mom hosted an elegant and fun bridal shower for me at her beautiful Belmont home. There were also Jazzercise classes, golf lessons at Emerald Hills course, Tahoe ski weekend and a memorable trip to Greece! After I moved to SoCal, whenever I visited the Bay Area, I often stayed with Julia at her artistically vibrant SF home on top of the hill. She was both an amazing host and chef.

This past election year I volunteered for a grassroots effort (postcardstovoters.org) and penned some postcards in memory of Julia during her birthday month. I know she would have joined the good fight.

I miss you Julia. Rest In Peace.

Of laughs and loss

Shared by Mary MacGregor on February 14, 2021
I only changed my ringtone for one person—Julia—and I chose a soft chime which reminded me of her musical voice. "Oh, hey Mary" was her usual upbeat greeting.
We shared the same bemused outlook on people's foibles, laughing deeply and often during our long chats. It's rare to find friends who share the same sense of (oft sardonic) humor; she did.
Last February I was texting her photos of my rally participation during a presidential visit to the desert and wondering why she wasn't cheering me on. I didn't discover until days later later that she had never received my final text.
Her unexpected death commenced a wretched year that demanded sharing with like-minded friends. We were on the same page politically and relished comparing notes on the Sturm und Drang of the recent administration. She loved CNN's Fareed Zakaria and I think of her whenever I listen to him. And, so many times I thought "Julia would appreciate this article."
She was continually grateful to me for introducing Ted—a forlorn desert rescue—to his patrician San Francisco lifestyle, while I was grateful she and Kathryn visited that long-ago May and moved back into my life.
I was privy to her generous hostessing over the years and my only complaint was that her too-high guest-bathroom mirror only reflected my 5'3" eyes! She thought it quite hilarious.
Julia's largesse even extended to my many relatives and once to my Palm Springs friends who visited her without me! Artists and collectors themselves, I knew they'd appreciate Julia's eclectic collection and lofty Victorian aerie.
There are some losses you never get over. Julia's will be one of those.