Marjorie Price

Marjorie Price ( )

Marjorie B. "Midge" Price, a homemaker and singer who had been a professional photographer, died April 8 of Alzheimer's disease at Blakehurst Retirement Community in Towson. She was 84.

The daughter of Donald Swann "Ducky" Beard, an insurance executive, and Marjorie Balderston Beard Cornell, a homemaker, Marjorie Beard was born and raised in Philadelphia.

After graduating in 1948 from the Stevens School in Germantown, Pa., she enrolled at the Yawn School of Photography Inc. in Philadelphia.

"She was the only woman in her class at the Yawn School," said a son, Jonathan Robbins Price of Cockeysville.

In 1952, she married W. James Price IV, a stockbroker, and she continued her career as a wedding and portrait photographer when they moved to Baltimore.

Mrs. Price became a homemaker after the couple moved to Ruxton. She and her husband later lived in Brooklandville and Devon Hill in North Roland Park before moving to Blakehurst in 2010.

She was "gifted with a beautiful soprano voice," said her son.

"She was an original member of the Junior League Larks of Baltimore singing group and sang with them more than 15 years," he said.

About 25 years ago, Mrs. Price and her husband, a former partner at Alex. Brown & Sons, purchased a house in Ocean Ridge, Fla., where they spent winters.

Mrs. Price was a former member of the Mount Vernon Club and L'Hirondelle Club and was a current member of the Elkridge Club.

She was a communicant of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Ruxton and St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Delray Beach, Fla.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the chapel at St. Paul's School, 11152 Falls Road, in Brooklandville.

In addition to her husband of 62 years and her son, Mrs. Price is survived by another son, William J. Price V of Mineral Springs, N.C.; two daughters, Marjorie Price Whitlock of Ellicott City and Juliet Robbins Price of Warren, Pa.; and eight grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com