Vivian Partee Price, 56, an area resident since 1945 who was active in school tutoring and church organizations, died of a renal ailment Jan. 6 at the Washington Hospital Center. She lived in Washington.

Mrs. Price had been a volunteer reading tutor for the past nine years. She had been volunteer tutor coordinator at John Burroughs and Murch elementary schools, and did volunteer work with the D.C. Schools Urban Service Corps. She had been president of Langdon Park Elementary's pre-school program.

She was a member of Metropolitan Baptist Church in Washington, and a member of its ladies auxiliary usher board, union missionary society and a Bible class. She also had led Girl Scout and teen groups there and taught Bible school.

Mrs. Price was a native of Memphis. She was a civilian supervisor with the Navy Department in the mid-to-late 1940s. She attended Washington International College and George Washington and American universities.

Survivors include her husband, Herman B., and four children, Deborah, Gregory, Cheryl, and Denise, all of Washington; a brother, Henry Partee Jr., of Memphis; five sisters, Geraldine Reed and Jean Davis, both of Chicago, and Evelyn Aikens, Shirley Burford and Delores Glenn, all of Cleveland, and two grandchildren.