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Longtime couple looks back at ministry

Staff writer

Bob and Judy Priest are looking both forward and backward as they contemplate the next phase of their lives.

Their beloved house on Lakeshore Dr. with its lovely view of the lake has become too much to keep up with.

Marion first was home to the Priests when Bob was assigned to Eastmoor United Methodist Church in the 1970s and 1980s.

At that time, they lived behind the church.

After being assigned to a series of other churches, Bob was assigned to Peabody United Methodist Church in 1992.

The couple always loved the county lake and in 1993 bought a house that has been their home more than two decades . They didn’t move in until after much work to make it what they envisioned.

Six years later, the same year both retired, they moved into the house at the lake.

Bob was a Methodist minister before the couple married in 1961 in Wichita. Judy went into ministry at age 52, after their children were raised.

They served churches in Arlington, Burns, Cassoday, Furley, Glasco, Greenwich, Iuka, Marion, Peabody, Smith Center, St. John, Pratt County, and Wichita.

Their family includes Miriam Newman of Rose Hill and Stephen Priest and Rachel Priest of the Kansas City area and grandchildren.

Last modified Dec. 27, 2023