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Lila Prior - September 13, 2009


Lila Valdora (Adamson) Prior, age 87, of Imperial, Neb. died Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009 at Chase County Community Hospital.

Lila was born Dec. 2, 1921, in Boulder to the late Eugene Stanley and Alice Anna (Felton) Adamson. She grew up on a farm in Dundy County, Neb. south of Wauneta, Neb.

She was a 1939 graduate of Wauneta High School in Wauneta. Lila attended Nebraska State Teachers College at Chadron, Neb., one year, 1939-1940. She taught in rural schools in Hayes and Chase Counties, Neb.

When Lila was 10 years old she was baptized in the Frenchman River in Hamlet, Neb. She was a member of the Christian Church until her marriage. Following her marriage, she and her husband attended the Church of Christ.

On May 21, 1942, Lila was married to Wendell Hayes Prior of Hayes County, Neb. Three children were born to this union: Merlin Rex, Janeta Kay and Marcia Rae.

Lila and Wendell farmed in the Hamlet area until 1952 when they purchased an implement and irrigation business in Imperial. In 1980, after Wendell retired and they sold the dealership, Lila and Wendell purchased a fabric store, which they named Priors and Sew Forth. She managed it until early 2009.

Lila found great joy in serving people in a multi-state area through her business. She also enjoyed gardening, sewing and reading. Her love for her family and friends was exceeded only by her love for the Lord. She particularly enjoyed giving to meet the needs of others and bring joy to others.

Lila was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Florence and Mildred; and her husband, Wendell, who died Jan. 15, 2004.

Lila is survived by her children: son, Merlin Prior and wife, Janet, of Imperial; daughters, Janeta and husband, Nelson Fong, Underwood, Iowa; and Marcia Prior-Miller of Ames, Iowa.

She is also survived by 13 grandchildren:

Merlin Rex Prior II and wife, Amy, of Imperial; Annette Ruth and husband, Jack French, of Austin, Texas;

Janeta Shun-Szu and husband, Michael Tansey, of Iowa City, Iowa; Nelson Shun-Lee Fong of Los Angeles, Calif.; JoyAnna Shun-Yenn and husband, Scott Jones, of Rapid City, S.D.; Christian Shun-Bok and wife, Jenelle Fong, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa;

Daniel Shun-Luoi Fong and wife, Dawn, of Manitou Springs; Elizabeth Shun-Ching and husband, Jason Park, of Longmont; Deborah Shun-Sho Fong and Joshua Shun-Nye Fong of Underwood, Iowa;

Joseph Michael Prior-Miller of Colorado Springs; Amanda Joye and husband, Gaspar Medina, of Des Moines, Iowa; and Jacob John Prior-Miller of Ames, Iowa.

She is also survived by 14 great-grandchildren; a sister, Fern Peters of Superior, Neb.; several nieces and nephews as well as numerous friends.

Services were Saturday, Sept. 19 at the Wauneta Church of Christ with Randy Hayes officiating.

Casketbearers were Rex Prior, Shun-Lee Fong, Shun-Luoi Fong, Vern Maris, Jacob Prior-Miller, Shun-Nye Fong, Shun-Bok Fong and Chad Fisher.

Interment was at Riverside Ceme­tery in Wauneta.

Memorials may be sent to KJLT Radio, P.O. Box 709, North Platte, Neb. or the Lila Prior Memorial, P.O. Box 668, Imperial, NE 69033.

Liewer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.