Nora Elizabeth Priest, 92, a resident of Parkville, MO passed away on Friday July 4, 2014. Nora was born April 10, 1922 to Ezra and Anna (Welsh) Shick in Ridgeway, PA. Nora was united in marriage with Jaxon Priest on December 28, 1942 in Emporium, PA from this loving union two children were born, Jacalyn and Jon.
Nora and her family will cherish her many accomplishments and her loving spirit. Nora was a member of Eastern Star, receiving the Golden Star 50 year member and serving as Past Matron. She was also a Deacon of Parkville Presbyterian Church. But the most memorable is; in 1985, along with other WWII veterans, Nora and Jaxon traveled to Austria as guests of the Austrian government. It was to recognize those vets that had been involved with the liberation of Austria from Hitler’s rule. During the official State dinner Nora and Jaxon met, and had their photo taken with, the Chancellor of Austria. It was definitely an emotional experience for both of them because of the deep respect that the Austrians showed to all of the vets to honor them for their service and sacrifice to free the country from Hitler and to help them reestablish a democratic government.
She was preceded in death by husband, Jaxon; parents; twin sister, Sara Close; sister, Ruth Decker, and two brothers, Harvey and John Shick. Survived by a daughter, Jacalyn Stevens (Randy) of Parkville, MO and a son, Jon Priest (Carol) of Gettysburg, PA; three grandchildren: Megan Markle, Irina Stevens and Yulia Groves; two great-grandchildren Alexandria and Nicholas Stevens.
A Memorial Service celebrating Nora’s life will be held at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Parkville Presbyterian Church, 819 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152 with Rev. Ky Weekley officiating. Nora loved spending time at English Landing Park. The family is placing a memorial bench in honor of Nora, at the park. Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers may be made toward the Nora Priest Memorial Bench, c/o Meyers Funeral Chapel 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152. A Committal Service will be held at a later date at Ft. Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville, PA. Memories of Nora and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.