Barbara Pierson

PUTNAM - Barbara Joann Pierson, age 77, of Normal, formerly of Putnam, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, at Heartland Healthcare Center in Normal, Ill.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at the New Hope Church of the Nazarene. Pastor Laura Tanner will officiate. Burial will follow in the Elm Lawn Memorial Park on Dec. 6, 2013. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at the Norberg Memorial Home.

Mrs. Pierson was born on Feb. 10, 1936, in Magnolia, Ill., to William and Dena (Forrest) Burr. She was a devoted farm wife, worked for many years at Casey's General Store in Tiskilwa and drove the bus for Putnam schools. Barbara married Verner Pierson on Sept. 5, 1954. He preceded her in death on Oct. 7, 1998.

She was a member of New Hope Church of the Nazarene and spent the past five years living with her daughter in the Bloomington/Normal area.

She is survived by her two children, Ronald Pierson of Putnam and Carolyn Pierson of Normal. Also surviving are a sister, Beverly Single of Hummelstown, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Memorials may be directed to New Hope Church of the Nazarene or the .

Published in Peoria Journal Star on Dec. 3, 2013