Meta Trietsch Krueger Priest, 100, was born June 16, 1913, in Sanger, Texas, to Fred and Clara (Winkleman) Trietsch. Her early education was completed in the one-room Milam School in the Blue Mound community. She rode to school on horseback. After earning two correspondence nursing school diplomas, Meta did private-duty nursing in homes. One such duty introduced her to Adam A. Krueger to whom she was married on May 14, 1939. They had 5 daughters and 1 son. Adam's health broke soon after the birth of the 4th daughter and he had to give up farming. They purchased the Krueger House where their fifth daughter was born, adjacent to North Texas State Teacher College and boarded female students. Their son was born during the 3 years Adam farmed in Missouri before moving back to Denton.
Meta was employed by Russell-Newman Mfg. Co for 9 years before returning to nursing duty, this time at the Beaumont Nursing Home, then at Flow Memorial Hospital, Denton Home Health, and several years at Denton State School. After Adam's decease in 1972, she married Roy R. Priest in 1973 and spent 11 years nursing two TWU retired teachers. She gave two years of bedside care to her mother and assisted in the care of her brother. Husband Roy passed away in 1975.
Meta was raised in the Methodist church, but joined the Baptist church when she married. She enjoyed several years of teaching in the day care program at First Baptist Church and was a member of Highland Baptist Church.
She is survived by daughters Ethel and husband Bob Finley of Mena, AR, Edith Garrison of Hickory Creek, Thelma Krueger of Bellevue, WA, Charlotte and husband Max Johnson of Jarrell, TX, and Jean and husband Brian Beck of Lynwood, WA; son Walter and wife Cindy Krueger of Fort Worth, and step-son Roy Priest of Farmers Branch; 11 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
Meta was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Erika Blankenship and Emma McGee, and her brothers Arnold C., Erwin, Otto, Hilmer, Reuben, and Edgar Trietsch.
The family will be at Mulkey-Mason, Jack Schmitz and Son Funeral Home, 705 N. Locust in Denton, for visitation from 6 - 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, 2014. Funeral service will be held in the chapel of the funeral home on Friday, April 25, 2014 at 2 p.m., followed by burial at Roselawn Memorial Park. Walter Krueger, Dr. Max Johnson and Ben Finley will officiate.
Memorials may be made to The International Mission Board through Highland Baptist Church, 600 Thomas St., Denton, TX 76201, or to the Blue Mound Cemetery Association, c/o 1213 Primrose Lane, Denton, TX 76201.
Online condolences may be left at www.mulkeymasondenton.com .