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Memorial Services for Deborah Kathleen Priest, 67, of Holdenville are at 10 a.m. Friday at Morris Memorial Baptist Church in Latta. The Revs. Steve Wilburn, Ron Chastine and Paul Priest will officiate.
Mrs. Priest passed away Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, at an Oklahoma City hospital. She was born April 15, 1949, in Holdenville to Clinton and Aubrey Strickland Dooley. She graduated from Calvin High School and received her bachelor's and master's degrees from East Central University in Ada.
She married Melvin Priest Aug. 30, 1968. He preceded her in death Nov. 16, 2014. She and her family lived for eight years in Non on the family farm, later in Shawnee and Ada for several years, and the last 14 years on the family farm southeast of Holdenville. Mrs. Priest taught school in Wewoka for a year, Calvin for two years, Moss for two years and she taught 4th grade in Latta for 18 years, where she retired in 2007. Mrs. Priest was a member of Banner Baptist Church in Horntown.
Survivors include three sons, Paul Priest and his wife, Charla, of Madill, Greg Priest and his wife, Bobbie, of Stonewall and Mark Priest and his wife, Amber, of Davis; a sister, Joy Dooley Ring and her husband, John, of Holdenville; a sister-in-law, Wanda Sue Dooley of Harrah; a brother, Bob Dooley and his wife, Glenda, of Salem, Missouri; her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Joe and Loretta Priest and Terry and Loretta Abney, all of Ada; her grandchildren, Kristal Newberry and her husband, Jarrod, Stephanie Vanderburg and her husband, A.J., Dexter Priest and his wife, Reighna, Katie Harp and her husband, John, Dakota Priest and his wife, Holly, Maria Priest, Lane Priest, Damon Gregg, Kayla Priest and Jayden Priest; 16 great-grandchildren, Kayla, Peyton, Kason and Reighna Newberry, Adison, Aaryn and Alivia Vanderburg, Wyatt and Hudson Priest, Gavin, Kallie and JaLeigh Harp, Serenity, Breighdn and Jaylee Butler and Rifle Priest; and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Troy Lee Dooley; and a great-granddaughter, Kallie Blaire Harp.
The passions of Deborah's life were her husband Melvin and her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed traveling with her husband, walking in the woods on her farm and watching her grandkids play ball. She loved being Nana.
Published on November 15, 2016
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