Obituary: Maxine Priest

Maxine C. Priest, 96, died Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, at Farmington Manor in Farmington, Ill.

She was born Jan. 8, 1920, in Dodge City to Dean H. and Louise E. (Riddle) Knapp.

Maxine was a charter member of the Newton Christian Church and was a “Harvey Girl” working on the troop trains during World War II. She was a lifelong piano and organ player, and served as the organist for Newton Christian Church for several years. Maxine enjoyed playing bingo and looked forward to visits from her family and friends.

She is survived by her sons, Vernon and his wife Carla Priest of Hanna City, Ill., and Charles Priest of Wichita; daughter Mary MacKay of Wichita; sister-in-law Nadean Musseman of Dodge City; three grandsons, Daniel Priest and his wife Monica, James MacKay and Glenn MacKay; granddaughter Charlena MacKay; and two great-grandchildren.

Maxine was preceded in death by her son Richard, parents, two brothers, Dean Knapp and Walter Knapp, and sister Faye Murchison.

A gathering with the family will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at Petersen Funeral Home. A prayer service will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at Maple Grove Cemetery in Dodge City.

Memorials are suggested Caring Hands Humane Society in care of Petersen Funeral Home.

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