Wilma “Marie” Pierson of Hermiston, Oregon, was born on May 13, 1930, in Bertha, Missouri, to parents Willie and Anna Burden Medlock. She died on May 25, 2015, in Hermiston, Oregon, at the age of 85 years.
Marie was raised and attended school in Ava, Missouri. She moved to Hermiston, Oregon, in the early 1940s and graduated from Hermiston High School in the class of 1948. Marie was united in marriage to Jack E. Pierson on June 18, 1948, in Lewiston, Idaho. He wrote Marie a little love note every day.
She modeled in Portland, Oregon, in the 1960s and later worked at Stewart’s Grocery Store as a clerk. They moved to Ontario, Oregon, in 1972 where Marie owned and operated Petals & Gifts for several years before returning to Hermiston, Oregon, in 1998 where she has lived since. When she returned she worked for Good Shepherd Health System in dietary nutrition until retiring in 2003.
Marie was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Hermiston, Oregon. She enjoyed painting, reading, and interior design.
She is survived by her daughters Susie Jones and husband Bruce, Hermiston, Ore., and Cindi Mitchell and her husband Herschel, Boise, Idaho; grandchildren Becky, Shelly, Stephanie, Jackie (Jennifer), Amanda, Kristy, Adam and Ciara; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Marie was preceded in death by Jack Pierson, her husband; her parents; and sisters Arzan Pierson and Sybil Hamm.
A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 665 E. Gladys Ave., Hermiston, Ore.
Those who wish may make contributions in Marie’s memory to the Good Shepherd Foundation Scholarship Fund.
Please sign the online guest book at burnsmortuaryhermiston.com
Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, Oregon, is in care of arrangements.