Priscilla Alden Price, 83, a former resident of Washington and Chestertown, Md., for many years, died Wednesday in Hendersonville, N.C.

She was the wife of Byron Price, a former Associated Press reporter and executive, who was director of U.S. censorship in World War II and later assistant secretary general of the United Nations.

Mrs. Price was born in Washington. She was a ninth generation direct descendant of John and Priscilla Alden.

She worked briefly for the National Geographic Society before her marriage in 1920 to Price, who then was with the AP bureau here. They moved to New York in 1937.

They returned to Washington shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 when her husband became head of the wartime censorship office. In 1943, Mrs. Price christened a merchant ship, the Priscirlla Alden, when it was launched at Fairfield, Md.

In 1945 they moved to California when he became vice president of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors Association in Hollywood.

From 1947 to 1954, they were back in New York, while he served with the United Nations. They retired first to Chestertown on the Eastern Shore until moving to Carolina Village, a retirement community in Hendersonville, two years ago.

Her husband is her only immediate survivour.