Ardyce Bertine "Pie" Priest, 80, of Red Level, Fla., passed away Sunday, April 7, 2013, at her home under the care of her family. She was born April 6, 1933, in Red Level to the late C.A. and Frances E. (Turner) Bertine and was a lifelong resident of Red Level. She was a homemaker and a member of the Red Level Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Ginger Priest in 1955 and her husband Aldine D. "Dean" Priest Sr. in 2006. Surviving family members are daughters, Ann Moore of Trenton, Fla., and Carol Sullivan of Inglis; sons, A.D. Priest Jr. (Kathy) of Red Level and Wilbur Priest (Judy) of Spring Hill; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; extended family; and her Red Level Church family. Her life can be summed up in the words of the Psalmist David: Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praiseth her.
A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013, at the Red Level Baptist Church with the Rev. Randy Wilkinson officiating. Burial will follow at the Red Level Cemetery. The visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday April 10, 2013, at the Strickland Funeral Home Chapel in Crystal River. In lieu of flowers memorial donations are requested to the Red Level Baptist Church Building Fund, 11025 West Dunnellon Rd., Crystal River, FL 34428.