Breckenridge Texan

Barbara Priest

Barbara Priest
January 10
08:21 2023

Barbara Priest, age 90 of Breckenridge, passed away Thursday, January 5, 2023. The family will have a graveside service at a later date. Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Morehart Mortuary.

Barbara Nell Wages was born November 13, 1932, in Lubbock, Texas, to J.B. Wages and Evelyn Monroe Wages. She grew up in and graduated high school in Lubbock. On July 12, 1952, Barbara married Jesse J. Priest, Jr. in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on home plate at Tingley Field. She was very supportive of her husband and his career in baseball and later for the Highway Patrol, which led them to travel across Texas and surrounding states. Barbara worked in administration and as a secretary for many years at numerous locations. She loved spending time with and cooking for her family.

Mrs. Priest was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and one sister, Sarah Wages.

She is survived by her two children, James R. Priest and wife Tana of Granbury, and Niki Aldridge and husband Rick of Breckenridge; three grandchildren, Lauren Humphrey and husband Lucas of Weatherford, Nick Griffin and wife Rene of Venus, and Jesse Speicher and wife Katelyn of Amarillo; two great-grandchildren, Gabriel Griffin and Jacob Griffin; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the staff of Villa Haven and Solaris Hospice for their wonderful care for Barbara during her stay.

Memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation or to Solaris Hospice and may be left at Morehart Mortuary. Condolences may be made online at


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