Alma Fern Prier, 84, daughter of Albert Ritz and Minnie Hicks Ritz, was born June 16, 1920, at Licking. She died Sept. 10, 2004, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston.She married Benjamin Frank Prier Feb. 13, 1939. They had seven children.Mrs. Prier was a member of the Pentecostal Holiness Church in Licking since May 21, 1989. She professed her faith in Christ at an early age at Cantrell church.She was preceded in death by her husband and parents; two sisters, Lela and Norma Ritz; and one brother, Carl Ritz.Surviving are her children, Dean Prier of Raymore, Roy Prier, Lynn Prier, Ralph Prier, Dorothy Vanatta and Leon Prier of Lee’s Summit and Larry Prier of DeSoto, Kan.; one brother, Cecil Ritz of St. Louis; sisters, Thelma Miller of Ravenwood and Geneva McNew of Licking; 15 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.Services were Sept. 15 at the Pentecostal Holiness Church in Licking with David Jett and Jimmy Harrington officiating. Burial was in the Boone Creek Cemetery under the direction of Fox Funeral Home of Licking. “

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