Mabel I. (Lierly) Priest

Born: Fri., Sep. 17, 1920
Died: Sat., Apr. 24, 2021


11:30 AM to 1:00 PM, Sat., May 08, 2021
Location: Pittsfield Location

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Sat., May 08, 2021
Location: Niebur Funeral Home

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Mabel I. Priest, age 100, of Pittsfield, IL passed away at her home in Pittsfield, IL on Saturday, April 24, 2021. She was born on September 17, 1920 in McKee Township in Adams County, IL to Jackie and Carrie Whitaker Lierly. She first married Waynard J.W. Triplett and she later married Charlie Priest on April 2, 1976 and he preceded her in death on April 8, 1991.

In early years, she cleaned houses and worked in various restaurants. She went on to work in the Dietary Department at Illini Community Hospital until her retirement. She was a Stanley Home Products representative from 1976 – 1990. Mabel was hard working but liked to have fun and enjoyed life to the fullest. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and reading, as well as quilting and crocheting and gifting quilts to family and friends. She also liked to go to Bingo, playing cards with her grandsons, and loved telling them stories about their parents.  Believe it or not, Mabel was very competitive and always liked to win! Mabel enjoyed travelling to see family and enjoyed trips to Germany, Oregon, Florida and the Carolinas. She also loved watching the St. Louis Cardinals and knew all the players and their stats.

She is survived by two daughters, Joanne Capps and Phyllis (Bill) McCartney, both of Pittsfield, IL; two sons, Gary (Bonnie) Triplett of Efland, NC and Robert (Gayle) Triplett of Coquille, OR; two stepchildren, Phil (Carrie) Priest of Pittsfield, IL and Tim (Leah) Priest of Jacksonville, IL; seven grandchildren, Susan (Stan) Barker of Baylis, IL, Mike (Elida) Capps of Pittsfield, IL, Steve (Jennifer) Capps of Pittsfield, IL, Gary (Hannah) Capps of Pittsfield, IL, Christina (Guido) Triplett-Wagenknect of Essen, Germany, Ryan Triplett of Sacramento, CA, and Devon Triplett of Coquille, OR; three step grandchildren, Jessica Schuwerk, Jeremy (Hallie) Priest and Joe Priest; fourteen great grandchildren; six step great grandchildren; nine great great grandchildren; one step great great grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mabel was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charlie Priest; grandchildren, Daniel Capps, Marc Moore, and Johan Triplett; one great granddaughter, Kylee Capps; one stepdaughter, Alana Cunningham; two sisters, Mildred Witt and Dorothy Klassing; five brothers, Emmett Lierly, Ancil Lierly, Dan Lierly, Delbert Lierly and Marion Lierly.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 1:00 PM at Niebur Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Pittsfield West Cemetery. Visitation will held on Saturday at the funeral home from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Memorials are suggested to be made to Shriners Hospital for Children or Pittsfield Fire Department. Online condolences may be sent to the family at Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in Mabel's memory to the following organizations:

Pittsfield Fire Department

Shriners Hospital For Children

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