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Longtime CPSB member Lillian Priest passes away

Caddo Parish School Board member Lillian Priest has passed away. Caddo Parish School Board member Lillian Priest has passed away.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Longtime Caddo Parish School Board member Lillian Priest has passed away.

Priest, 60, died Tuesday night after a battle with breast cancer. She served twice as president of the CPSB.

CPSB president Carl Pierson called Priest, who was nearing the end of her third term on the school board, an exceptional woman.

“She always was aware of what was happening in the Legislature and the impact Baton Rouge could have on our schools and constantly kept us in the loop," Pierson said. "She will be missed, and I feel blessed to have gotten to work beside her the past few years."

“Lillian loved life and lived and served with an enthusiastic and exuberant spirit,” said longtime friend and former state senator Lydia Jackson. “Our community is a better place because she generously shared her time and talent, with so many people — especially the citizens and children of District 7.”

Priest was an active member and former chair of the Caddo Parish Democratic Party and a board member of Shreveport Crime Stoppers, Sci-Port Discovery and the Downtown Rotary Club. She was a long-standing member of St. Mary Baptist Church, where she served as chair of the church's scholarship and education committee.

“There is no comparison to her passionate advocacy and belief in the sheer power of public education. Caddo Parish is better for having her to serve our district, and we mourn our community's loss," Caddo Schools superintendent Dr. Lamar Goree stated.

Priest announced last month that she wouldn't seek re-election because of complications with her health. 

Her funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Galilee Baptist Church at 1500 Pierre Ave. The repast will be immediately following at the church's Family Life Center.

Those wanting to make memorial donations are asked to give to the Lillian Priest Scholarship and Building Fund in lieu of flowers. This fund was set up to help students go to college and to help build a Family Life Center at her church. Donations can be made at any branch of the Shreveport Federal Credit Union.

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