LIMA — Ruby E. Priest, 89, passed away at 8:00 a.m., Saturday, July 5, 2014 at her residence.
Ruby was born March 23, 1925 in Clearwater, SC, to James O. and Beatrice (Rodgers) Smith who preceded her in death. She married Clark F. Priest Jr. who preceded her in death March 16, 2002
Ruby attended the J R Order United American Mechanics Home, Tiffin, Ohio. She was a member of Trinity Wesleyan Church where she was a Sunday School teacher for years. Ruby enjoyed reading, especially her Bible. She enjoyed ministering to others through prayer and words of encouragement. She loved talking about her childhood. Ruby was a homemaker.
She is survived by three sons, Robert (Amy) Priest of Hannahan, SC, Clark F. (Betty) Priest III of Marrow, GA, and Paul (Linda) Priest of Lima; a daughter, Marie (Carey) Hawk of Wapakoneta; 11 Grandchildren, 24 Great Grandchildren, 3 Great Great Grandchildren; two sisters, Ollie Harkness of Hannahan, SC, and Diana (John) Short of SC.
Ruby was preceded in death by a son, Larry Priest; 2 daughters, Mary Elizabeth and Ruth Ann who died as infants; 3 brothers, James I., Charles M and John P. Smith.
Services will be held Wednesday, at 11:00 am at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Shawnee Chapel. Rev. Eric Allen officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Friends may call Tuesday, 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm Tuesday and 1 hour prior to the service Wednesday at Chiles-Laman Funeral Cremation Services, Shawnee Chapel.
Condolences may be expressed at chiles-lamanfh.com.