Nellie “Fay” Pierce, 97, of Heppner died Saturday, November 7, 2015, at the Willow Creek Terrace Assisted Living Facility in Heppner.
Fay was born June 28, 1918, at Woodville, Oklahoma, to Frank and Nellie Fay (Wells) Baker. The family moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she graduated from Tulsa High School. She then attended Baylor University School of Nursing in Dallas, Texas, where she graduated in 1941.
Immediately following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Fay volunteered for the Army Corp. She was a volunteer for overseas service in the Army Nurse Corp serving in Australia and New Guinea. While in Australia, she met Eugene “Gene” Pierce. The couple was married on August 4, 1943, at the Church of England in Sydney, Australia. Following her honorable discharge she continued to work in the nursing field for the many years.
The couple resided in Pendleton, Oregon, where she worked at St. Anthony Hospital. In 1957 they moved to Heppner where she continued nursing at Pioneer Memorial Hospital. In 1995 they retired at Kennewick, Washington.
Fay is survived by her son, Greg Pierce of Monmouth, Oregon; daughters Mary Pierce of The Dalles, Oregon, Martha McQuinn of Pendleton, Oregon, and Molly Rhea of Heppner, Oregon; sister Sylvia “Boots” Dalby of Foley, Alabama, and brother; Dick Baker of Tulsa, Oklahoma; 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Fay was preceded in death by her husband, Gene, in 2007 and a son, Mike Pierce, in 2008.
Memorial service will be held Wednesday, November 11, 2015, at 11 a.m. at the Heppner United Methodist Church. Concluding service with military honors will follow at the Heppner Masonic Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Heifer International (to aid in hunger and poverty), 1 World Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72202 (USA) or to Smile Train Inc. (to aid in charity medical procedures), 41 Madison Ave., 28th Floor, New York, NY 10010 (USA).
Sweeney Mortuary of Heppner is in care of arrangements.