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Obituary for Leila Pearl Price (Bibbins)

Leila Pearl “Bunny” Bibbins Price was born in Detroit, Michigan on September 15, 1944 to the late Arthur Frank and Leila Pearl Bibbins. She was baptized at Bethel A.M.E. Church as an infant. Leila was active at Bethel where she attended Sunday School, Junior Church, was on the young adult usher board, and taught Vacation Bible School. Leila accepted Christ at 12 years of age and also became a full member of the A.M.E. Church.

Leila attended the public schools in Detroit. In January 1963, she accepted a position with the U.S. Department of State and moved to Washington, D.C. Leila remained with the Department for 34 years and retired in 1997 as a Budget Analyst. After her retirement, Leila accepted a part-time position with the City of New Carrollton, MD and worked there 13 years, retiring in 2010.

Leila took classes at Prince George’s Community College, Bowie State University, and Morgan State’s Mandat Program. She also availed herself of the many opportunities to take various classes offered by the Department of State.

Leila joined Hemingway Memorial A.M.E. Church in 1975. She joined the Voices of Hemingway (then Young Adult Choir) and remained a member until her passing, was a member of the Lay Organization, the Education Achievement Committee, Secretary and Treasurer of the Missionary Society, and was co-chair of the Girls’ Rites of Passage Ministry.

Leila was married to Fred Price, Jr. for 56 years. They have one daughter, Michelle Price (Charlie), one grandson, Kelvin Johnson Jr. (Crystal) and two great-grandsons, Kaleb and Kamden Johnson. Leila loved cooking and was well known for her delicious apple pies and macaroni and cheese. She also enjoyed being around family and friends, reading and traveling.

In addition to being a wife, mother and grandmother, Leila was also active in her community. While living in Palmer Park, Leila was the editor of the community newsletter, a softball co-coach and the cheerleading coach. Her cheerleaders were the first all African-American cheerleading team to participate in the County’s Boys’ and Girls’ Club Cheerleading competition. She always told the young ladies “you always give your best and never give up.” One of her fondest memories is when she saw one of the young ladies years later and she told her she never forgot her advice and tells her daughter and grandsons the same thing.

Leila also served as PTA President at Gladys Noon Spellman Elementary School, PTSA Vice President at Nicholas Orem Middle School, PTSA President at Fairmont Heights High School, as well as President to the 4th Ward Civic Association, Cheverly, MD.

Leila leaves her husband Fred, daughter Michelle Price (Charlie), grandson Kelvin Johnson (Crystal), great-grandsons Kaleb Johnson & Kamden Johnson, her sister Alice Dear (Douglas), Karen Bibbins and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends to mourn her. Besides her parents, 3 brothers and 2 sisters preceded Leila in death.