Carla M. Priest
1942 - 2021
Carla Mae Priest (nee Schlegel) was born September 7th, 1942, Troy, NY to Constance (Connie) Hoffman Schlegel and William (Whitey) Schlegel, Sr. and passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on the evening of March 25th, 2021 at the age of 78. Carla has been a long-time resident of Barnstable County, Massachusetts. She is survived by her loving and dedicated husband, William H. Priest of Harwich, MA, son David Thomas of Boston, MA, daughter Rebecca Grimm and husband John Grimm of Burlington, VT, step-daughter Jennifer Priest of Andover, MA and her grandchildren: Jenet Insero, Michael Insero, Abigail Grimm, Sophia Thomas, Dylan Grimm and Jackson Thomas as well as sister Paula Sanders and brother William Schlegel Jr. Carla earned her R.N. from SUNY Plattsburgh and M.S.N. from Boston University. The owner of Sunlight Wellness, she was involved in nursing and the healing arts all her adult life. She served as Director of Public Health in Bedford, MA for twelve years, as Assistant Professor of Graduate Nursing at Boston University for three years and was head of the Gerontology Department at Cape Cod Community College from 1991 to 1994. Her interest in womens health care and aging was an integral part of her life. Carla held advanced certification in Polarity Energy Balancing and as a Reiki Master Teacher, lectured at Dana Farber Institute and other Boston and Cape Cod area hospitals. She became a proponent of alternative approaches to medical care and taught Reiki to many people throughout Massachusetts. She was also the author of an autobiography entitled 'Rejoice Regardless.' She loved the time with her children and grandchildren. She loved to swim, to dance, and to laugh. Most of all, Carla was known for her kindness, and near the end of her life she stated 'Ive done everything Ive ever wanted to do with my life'. She will never be forgotten. We all love you Carla! In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Broad Reach Hospice. They are at 390 Orleans Rd. North Chatham, MA 02650. It will go to a fund for people who cannot afford hospice care.
Published by The Cape Codder from Mar. 30 to Apr. 2, 2021.
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When You Are Old
By William Butler Yeats

When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;

And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.

Steve Thomas
April 24, 2021
Carla was truly one of the MOST GENEROUS people I have ever known. She never showed up to my home empty handed even when I would kid her about it! She just had such a giving spirit! As many of you know, she loved flowered. When her mother passed away she brought me "Forget me nots" to plant in my garden in memory of her mother. Last week I planted them in memory of her. She also loved white lilacs. As it turns out someone brought me one last week to plant in my new yard. Coincidence? Maybe, but I like to think it is Carla's way of letting me know she's still sending me gifts. I'll certainly think of her when I plant it and each year when it flowers. God bless you Carla. xoxo
Faith Lavender
April 18, 2021
I met Carla briefly over 35 years ago. She must have done a workshop for the staff at Hospice of Cape Cod. On her last day, she gave each of us a daffodil bulb. I planted mine by the door of our cottage where my parents came to live a few years later when Mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Each year I'd note more blossoms and remember that beautiful woman who gave it to me.

This year as I walked by I thought of her again and couldn't remember her name. That one bulb with one flower the first year had over two dozen this year and I marveled at how that seemingly simple act of kindness had multiplied and brought so much joy to so many of us.

As soon as I saw her name and picture, I remembered her with fondness. I felt a special bond with her even though our paths crossed for such a short time. She was a beautiful person and her light will continue to shine each year in those daffodil blossoms as well as her many other acts of loving kindness.

With deepest sympathy at the loss of this caring soul.
Lois Fournier
April 11, 2021
I was one of the fortunate people to whom Carla was a Reiki teacher, a confidant, and a friend. I will remember her love and humor forever. My thanks to her, and my sympathy to her family.
With love, Barbara
Barbara Coughlin-Martin
April 8, 2021
Dear Bill, David, Becca and Jennifer, and grandchildren, My heart goes out to all of you for your recent loss, for I know Carla was the heart of your family. How blessed I was to have had her as my friend for 30 years. We were kindred spirits, traveling a path of spiritual awakening together. Carla was not only my dear friend, but also a guide, mentor, teacher and at times another sister. We shared so many wonderful times together and no one could laugh like she could! She was smart, confident, accomplished, stylish and one of the greatest healers I have ever known. I used to tell her she was the bridge between the Eastern and Western worlds of healing. Carla truly helped to make the world a better place and certainly made a difference in many lives, (mine for sure)! I will miss her so very much!
Faith Lavender
April 7, 2021
Carla was one of the kindest most beautiful people its been my good fortune to know.
Annette Miller
April 6, 2021
I went to high school with Carla. It was always delightful to spend time with her. How wonderful she accomplished and fulfilled so much in her life. To her family I am so sorry for your loss.
Ilene Weiss Kahn
March 30, 2021
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