Grace Mary Priest Adkins

July 8, 1924January 17, 2011

Grace Mary Adkins completed her journey to be with the Lord on January 17, 2011. She was born to John Edgar and Louise Priest on July 8, 1924. She grew up in El Paso and attended Houston school before graduating Austin High. She attended Texas College of Mines (UTEP) for a short time before going to work for the Telephone Company. She married Al Adkins in 1946.

She was involved in all activities of her children including scouting and sports. She moved with her family to Illinois in 1957 but returned to El Paso in 1970. She loved El Paso and was involved and held offices in many organizations including the El Paso County Historical Society. She obtained her real estate license and worked for a short period in residential sales. During the same time she supported her husband Al in all his business and civic activities.

She is survived by her husband Al (they married 65 years ago this coming May), and her sister Anna Louise Meece, sister-in-law Kay (James) Tumelty; her three sons Sam (Pat), Mike (Vicki), Dave (Susan), Her Nine Grandchildren; Anna (Ron), Sarah (Ben), Krista, Scott, Laura, Traci , Sean (Leslie) Craig, and Amy, as well as her four great-grandchildren Clayton, Dawson, Brooke, and Caitlyn, and also many cousins, nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, January 21, 2011 at 10:00 AM at Queen of Peace Catholic Church 1551 Belvidere. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The County Historical Society, the UTEP Adkins Family Endowment Fund or the charity of your choice. Services entrusted to Martin Funeral Home West, 128 N. Resler Dr., El Paso, TX 79912.


  • Funeral Mass Friday, January 21, 2011

Grace Mary Priest Adkins

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Cindy Gelabert

January 24, 2011

Dave, Susan and Amy,
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Cindy Gelabert

Jack & Molly Reed

January 22, 2011

Al, you are in our thoughts and prayers.
We were saddened to hear of Grace's passing.

Tom Blackwell

January 21, 2011

To my godfather Al and family:
As you are aware, I have had the pleasure and great fortune to have had "Aunt Gracie" in my life from day one. Not a kinder, sweeter, more caring person have I known. My "Aunt Gracie" was a great lady, and will be missed by all who knew her. Our Father has received a jewel - Hallelujah !!!!!

Gina Fontan

January 20, 2011

I did not know Grace personally but I know what it is to lose someone so close. My heart goes out to the Adkins all are wonderful people. I couldn't be more grateful for having Mike Adkins as a boss. Mr. Al you are in my thoughts and prayers. I will be thinking of you guys.... Mike, Dave, Scott, and Craig .......Sincerely, Gina B. Fontan

Jim Maxon

January 20, 2011

Though I did not know Grace, I do know she must have been a wonderful wife and mother as reflected in Al, Mike and I'm sure the rest of the family. My thoughts are with you as you celebrate Grace's life and grieve her passing. May God give you an extra measure of strength and peace during this time.