Hopkins - Rector Funeral Home

4 Percy L. Julian Drive, Greencastle, IN


Martha Lou Priest

June 5, 1937August 30, 2019

Martha Lou Priest, 82 of Greencastle passed away on August 30, 2019, at Hendricks Regional Hospital.

Martha was born in Fillmore on June 5, 1937, the daughter of Maurice and Lena (Miller) Bryan, and was a 1955 graduate of Fillmore High School.

Mrs. Priest was a member of Greencastle Christian Church. She was also a member of Putnam County Homemakers, and Putnam County Museum. Martha worked as a Secretary to the Commander at the Indiana Air National Guard retiring after 25 years of service. After her retirement she continued to work part-time at the Putnam County Adult Probation Office. She enjoyed reading, gardening, sewing, and cooking, but most of all she loved spending time with her family.

Survivors include her Husband of over 62 years, Doyne Priest; three children, Katrina Reedy, (Steve Keller), Terre Haute, Joanna Barker, (Jeff), Cloverdale, and Wanda Corey, (Mike Smith), Mishawaka; two brothers, Clark Bryan, (Bonnie), and Sid Bryan, (Mary); five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a granddaughter, Jana Barker; a brother, Jim Bryan; and a sister, Anna Wood.

Services will be held 1:00 p.m. Friday, September 6, 2019, at Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until time of service on Friday.

Memories may be shared with the family at www.Hopkins-Rector.com.


  • Visitation Friday, September 6, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, September 6, 2019


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Charlie Barnes B/G (Ret)

September 6, 2019

I am very sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother. She was my Secretary during the period of 1980-1985 and served me well. Her work was very well prepared and prompt. She was always very courteous to every one and I could always depend on Martha. She will be missed.


September 5, 2019

So many memories of Martha. Walking down the street from the old church building on Elm and Maple to have Sunday School class and youth group down at the house. Listening to her play the organ on Sunday morning. Always having a smile on her face, even in later years when she didn't always feel well. She will be greatly missed!

Marcia O'Hair

September 5, 2019

I've known this wonderful lady since I was 6 years old. Perfect example of a Christian mom. Loved all her homemade cookies and everything else. Also loved the matching dresses she would make for 3 of my best friends! Sure will miss her sitting in front of us at church.

Kent Waggoner

September 3, 2019


I was shocked to learn of you mom’s passing. She was a kind-hearted person with a ready smile. I thoroughly enjoyed knowing her and working with her. Plus, she was often the anchor of normalcy in the midst of lots of craziness, and she tolerated all of us very well. I’m praying for an extra measure of God’s perfect comfort and peace during this time of loss and grief.

Linda Nelson Murphy

September 3, 2019

Was so sorry to hear about the passing of Mrs. Priest. I did not know her well but knew her husband thru his years at Handy's Dairy. My sympathizes are extended to the family. Linda Nelson Murphy.

Judy Miller

September 2, 2019

To the Priest family, I have many years of memories of Martha. Home extension, church, 4-H, committees and many more. She was a kind compassionate beautiful lady.
I’m sorry I can not be at the service as I’m working as a house director\ house mom at Purdue. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. May your memories be a comfort at this time.

Kathy M Lewis

September 2, 2019

My heart breaks in the lost of Martha! She has been such a mentor to me and my girls. Always loved to hear Martha play the organ at GCC. I will miss her so much on Sunday mornings and our chats.

Stephen Couchman

September 2, 2019

Sorry to hear about Martha's passing. She was a great person and loved very much by all the base personnel. I flew the F-4 at the base from 1979 to 1989 and saw Martha often. I always enjoyed talking to her.


Andy Whitt

September 2, 2019

I remember her Interview and the first day she came to work. Such a great lady!

Carol Oxford Wetherell

September 2, 2019

Katrina -

I’m so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I remember her with fondness of my days in the guard. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Carol Oxford Wetherell