Alva Jean Pierce, known to most as Jean, nee Barton, 96, St. Clair, departed this life Monday, June 9, 2014, in St. Clair. Jean, daughter of the Rev. Clarence C. Barton, known to all as C.C., and wife Anna Catherine Rebecca, nee Taylor, was born May 28, 1918, in St. Clair. She was united in marriage to Barthlup Louis Pierce Sept. 22, 1935, and four children came to bless this union.|
Jean was a devoted Christian having accepted the Lord as her Savior at the age of 9, and at that time was baptized in the Little Bourbeuse River in High Gate. She was a longtime member of New Hope Baptist Church, Sullivan. She was very active in the church throughout her life, always bringing folks to church with her. She also served as a Sunday school teacher. In her younger years, she sold Avon products, but she made caring for her home and family her career in life, and she never tired of her job. Jean had a variety of interests throughout her life, including gardening, canning, baking and she loved to babysit her grandchildren. She was always willing to help others whether caring for her elderly mother and uncle, or caring for neighbor children before and after school. In recent years she took great joy in making cards, most of which she hand painted, and sending them to family and friends. Her children and grandchildren held a very special place in her heart, as she did in theirs. The love they shared and many precious memories they created will forever live in their hearts.
Jean is survived by her son, Joe Pierce and wife Laura, Sullivan; two daughters, Brenda Williams and husband Joe, Blue Springs, and Linda Schatz and husband Mike, St. Clair; one sister-in-law, Edith Pierce, Salina, Kan.; by her devoted friend, Debbie Steagall, St. Clair; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; great- and great-great-nieces and -nephews; cousins; other relatives and many friends.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents, the Rev. Clarence and Anna Barton; her husband, Barthlup Pierce; one son, Raymond Pierce; three brothers, Eldon Barton, the Rev. Dale Barton and infant Clarence Barton; and one sister, Carl Heidbrink.
A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 12, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair, with the Rev. Dick Hinson officiating.
Interment was in Prospect Cemetery, Lonedell.
Memorials may be given to New Hope Baptist Church, Sullivan.
The Pierce family was served by Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair.
Published in The Missourian on June 14, 2014