Mary Priest

(1823-1889). Lay worker. She and her husband accepted Adventist teachings in 1842, and soon after the disappointment of 1844 began to observe the seventh-day Sabbath. Although in ill health for many years, she led a group of Christian women in South Lancaster, Massachusetts, in ministering to the sick and needy and in distributing tracts. In 1869 this group organized the Vigilant Missionary Society, with Mary Priest as the secretary, an office she held until her death. Records show that at the time of her death she had written some 6,000 letters to persons who had received literature from her.

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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