Mrs. Vera I. Priest, 91, of Quincy, died at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday (October 23, 2013) in her home.
Born August 12, 1922 in East St. Louis, Illinois, Vera was the daughter of Arthur and Betsy Harris Austin. She married Charles T. Priest Sr. on October 18, 1948 in Palmyra, Missouri. He preceded her in death on October 31, 2002.
Vera had been a member of Bible Baptist Church and was active with the Boy Scouts of America, serving as a Den Leader for several years. She enjoyed crafts, crocheting, fishing and playing cards, especially Pinochle.
Vera devoted her life to caring for her family and she cherished the time she spent with them.
Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Willis of Quincy and Brenda Klement (Louis) of Mendon, IL; a two sons, Richard Priest (Carla) of Albuquerque, N.M. and Chuck Priest (Carol) of Crossville, AL; fourteen grandchildren, Cindy Willis, Derrick Willis (Nikki), Pam Boss (David), Melissa Kimbler, Louis Klement (Valerie), Amy Carter, Jessica Klement, Brian Priest, David Priest, Jeff Priest (Kelly), William Priest, Jonathan Priest, Matthew Priest and Jackie Markle (David); seventeen great grandchildren, Kenneth Speirs, Jacob Watson, Nicholas Watson, Paige Watson, Noa Willis, Teya Willis, Jace Willis, Dallas Dalton (Jenn Ware), Thomas Dalton (Kathleen), Louis Klement, Vanessa Klement, Zachariah Klement, Nichola Carter, Leif Carter, Sidney Priest, Ashley Priest, Devin Priest, Nathanial Cowan, Aric Cowan and D. J. Markle; three great great grandchildren, Dusty Hillen, Faith Dalton and Thomas Dalton; a brother in law, Marcus Groh of Quincy; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Vera was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son in law, Dorsey Willis Jr.; and three sisters, Helen Phillips, Evelyn Moeller and Polly Groh; and a niece, Katie Hamann.
Cremation rites were accorded to Mrs. Priest by the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home in Quincy.
The family will meet with friends at a memorial visitation on Tuesday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 at Calvary Baptist Church, 1825 State Street, Quincy, Illinois.
Memorials may be made to the Blessing Foundation for Hospice.