Sophie Denise Oneida Pierce
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Sophie Denise Oneida Pierce "Dede" Our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, second mother, and dear friend to all, passed away at her home on March 8, 2005. She was born April 4, 1962 to Henry Oneida and Marion Lukich Guerra. Everyone was welcome at her home. She was a philosopher and a poet, and she was dedicated to her belief of Jesus. Mom, the long and winding road has ended. A new journey has began. May you and Owen rest in peace. We'll all be together again. Dede is survived by her husband, Brad; daughters, Miranda and Jessica; two beautiful grandchildren, Dominick and Zoey; her parents; stepfather, Eleuterio Guerra; and grandmother, Sophie Lukich; her brothers, Henry, Jeff, Curtis and Marion; her sister, Alicia; her parents-in-law, Jack and Berva Pierce; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, and dear friends. Preceded in death by her brother, Owen. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 5 p.m. at Goff Mortuary, 8090 So. State, where there will be a viewing from 3-5 p.m. Cremation will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to Brad's family would be appreciated.

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Published in The Salt Lake Tribune on Mar. 11, 2005.
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June 5, 2020
Love you mom! I have been missing you lately and I wish you were here to see us!
March 5, 2020
Miss you Dede!
May 16, 2019
Brad Pierce
March 20, 2019
Mama, i just wanted to say I love you so much and I am thinking of you
April 2, 2018
good time at easter ! I love our kids and grandkids so proud of them..
Brad Pierce
February 21, 2018
I miss you so much Aunt Dede! I think about you often! keep Alex company tell we are able to get up there again! You should see how big Dom is! He looks just like his dad and acts just like a teenage boy! Zoey is so pretty! She is so respectful! Addy is loves school and runs like crazy! She loves her kitty! I love you so much Aunt Dede
Trisha Pierc
February 20, 2018
We have the best kids and grandkids !
Brad Pierce
January 15, 2018
Brad Pierce
December 30, 2016
Brad pierce
December 17, 2016
almost another Christmas gone! been a long time !!! hoping your with my Dad and Alex miss you... you would be so proud of our kids!
Brad Pierce
September 3, 2016
Brad Pierce
March 8, 2016
Hope you are happy and at peace in heaven. our kids and Grandkids are the sunshine of my life!! I love them so much.
Brad Pierce
November 2, 2014
you would be so proud of your girls and your grandkids I love them so much.
Brad Pierce
March 10, 2010
Brad, Miranda and Jessie,
So sorry for your loss. I stopped by your house when my old house burned down several years ago, and your friend who answered the door gave me the news.I wished I had visited more often. I loved DeDe too, she was my mentor and my friend and she gave me hope when things were dark. So many things remind me of DeDe, and I think of her often. I cherished the times with her on your porch and kitchen having coffee in the mornings, or our families having breakfast or dinner together. She always was welcoming and loving, and I feel honored to have been her friend. I pray that Brad and the girls are well.
Love and Prayers,
Wendy (Odair) Watson
October 29, 2009

My heart is broken into a million pieces...and at the same time, i feel empty and nothing. Lindsay missed you so much, she loved you and wanted to talk to you and only you so many times. I wish I could have been what you were to her. I know you'll keep her safe...please kiss her beautiful face for me. I miss you all so much, words can't explain...I feel so lonely. What am I gonna do? Take good care of her...I love you and miss you...Ry
Ryann Oneida
October 28, 2009
Hey Aunt DeDe! I have been thinkin about you alot latly! How have you been? the family needs you close right now! please be with us and take care of Lindsay! She is in your care now! She was done down here and now been called to you! I miss you so much DeDe! I love you!
Trisha Pierce
April 29, 2009
DeDE you knew we each needed you. You are missed and will be forever. love Berva
April 24, 2009
Hi Deda,

I've been thinking about you lately. Everytime me and the boys are in the car and a song comes on that reminds us of you...Evan is quick to bring up his Aunt Dede. I miss you so still. Things have been rough for the last couple of months and I keep thinking what would you do in this situation. I'm trying so hard to be there and help but you were much better at that. Anyways, I know you are helping up above. I wish you were here to talk to. Please come to me once and a while. I do miss our talks. I love you very much...Ryann
Ryann Oneida
April 6, 2008
I miss your sweet nature and have thought a lot about how life has changed without you, Jack and Alex. Please give each other a hug and you'd be so proud of your family. They are such fine people and remember that we love ya
Berva Pierce
April 6, 2008
Happy Birthday! sorry i wasnt able to get on yesterday and wish a Happy Birthday! I miss you so much! i love you! Trisha
Trisha Pierce
April 4, 2008
Hi Dede,

Lil Trisha sent out a text to let everyone know that today is your birthday...Happy Birthday! I still miss you always...I'm so glad you were born and were with us if only for short time...Hugs and Kisses, Ryann.
Ryann Oneida
December 25, 2007
Merry CHristmas Dede
November 22, 2007
Happy Thanksgiving DeDe, Hope you were with jack and my aLex as well, he would have like to have celabrated it with both of you. Love ya Coray
Coray Pierce
September 5, 2007
Hi Dede, I was thinking about you and thought I would say hi. Do you know that Alex died? I can't believe he's gone from my life, Please take care of him Dede. He loves you alot. Thank you Dede for the love and support through out the years. I miss and love you.
Mitchell Pierce
July 6, 2007
DeDe this is your old mother in law. Darn the time has passed. I'm sure you know that since you left we've had many changes. Take care of my precious Alex. Keep Jack safe and remember that we all love ya and miss you. Berva
Berva Pierce
July 3, 2007

Remember how much I Love You all
Your the reason I stayed so long
I had to make sure
You could make it on your own
Before I left this world
You're stronger than you know
of this I had to be sure
So I could go ahead and leave
and know you could carry on
My body's gone now
but my soul lives on
The physical pain and inner turmoil I use to feel is gone
And now my soul is free
and finally can be at peace
I still can Love you, protect you,and hold you near,
Watch you grow and calm your fears.
My dear sweet Husband and constant companion
Though hard times and struggles we had
The Good far outwayed the bad
Please remember your not alone
I'll come to you often in your memories
And in your thoughts and dreams
And I'll always stay close by your side
My Dear Precious girls
I raised you to womanhood
Taught you to be strong
Saw what loving Mothers you were
and knew my job was done
Take care of each other and always stay close
And Remember how much I Love You both
As my precious grandkids grow thru the years
I'll be there guardian Angel
I'll make sure there safe
and never leave them alone
Whenever you can't be there I'll stay by there sides
and protect them always thru each and every day.
So goodbye to my loved one's and sorry for the pain
I didn't want to hurt you
but I had to leave
I love you all more that you'll ever know
and remember I'll be there by your side forever.

Written by Coray Pierce
for dede's family

Dede it was a hard day when you left, and there were alot of questions left unanswered, And now Alex has left and I ask myself why every day and can't help but be angry, the only little bit of comfort i have is that he would have been so happy to see you and Jack he loved you both so much, take care of him for me. Love Coray
July 2, 2007
Hi Deda,

I know it's been awhile but you know I've been thinking about you everyday still.

This weekend was Gramps anniversary..I know he was around too cuz the Titanic was on - remember him watching that over and over again at both our houses?

We all had a little scare with some incorrect info that Uncle Brad had been in a really bad car accident a few weeks ago. It turned out to be bogus but when it happened I panicked. All I could think was please don't let my family go through another loss. I couldn't bear to think of the girls being here without both of you...then apart of me thought maybe you missed him so much and called for him. Thinking that, it was all I could do to stop myself from balling in the grocery store.

I know you know about Uncle Reggie and Lil Alex. I'm sure you are there for both of them. It hurts me so much when all of these people lose their lives at such young ages. I feel like all of you were cheated out of life and that all of us who love you are also cheated. It's not natural and it breaks my heart. But the only thing I can think when I start thinking that way is "Only the Good Die Young".

Isn't that the were so much more than an Aunt to were my friend and I miss you so much it hurts still. I don't want to lose your memory so I have to keep repeating things you would say over and over again in my head.
It's been so long since you've been gone and I miss you and our talks.

I luv you so much!

Ryann Oneida
June 30, 2007
Hi Aunt DeDe! As you probably already know that my Little Brother has come up there with you and Grandpa Jack and Grandpa Henry! DeDe please take care of him! We all miss him and love him dearly! he needs you and Grandpa Jack to take care of him! Now all of you are up there together and happy! I cant wait tell I can be up there with all of you and give you all great big hugs! I LOVE YOU DEDE! Love Your Niece, Trisha
Trisha Pierce
June 15, 2007
hey Dede I'm sure you know by now that my Sweet Alex has passed away. please look after him for me and keep him safe. and give him a big hug for me..I hope your at peace and happy i miss you and do think of you alot and I'm sorry i havent written to you before i do have a poem i wrote though shortly after you passed on i've always meant to post it on here maybe I'll do that soon. ly Coray
January 22, 2007
Hey Aunt DeDe,
how have you been? for me its been ok! busy and crazy! been kinda datin someone! he is cool i think you would have liked him! i am also still going to school! i have 12 credit hours! 4 class's! and working! my life never stop's so many people! i miss you! wish you were here so i could talk to you and tell you everything! i love you and miss you sssooo much! love Trisha
Trisha Pierce
December 31, 2006
I guess time to heal is forever!! It is amazing how life is when you thought that the ones you love would be here forever. I just thought that we would live life together tell we were both old. God has reasons for what happens I know that! I missed you so much this christmas. I always hope to catch a glimps of you in my dreams and maybe just for a moment to hold you . I pray that you are at peace I love you forever!!! I hope that in heaven things will be better and that we live happy forever. I will see you in my dreams xoxoxo In my heart forever Dede love Brad
Brad Pierce
November 24, 2006
Thanksgiving weekend!! It was hard without you. I have missed you alot in the last while" the girls are doing good I hope that you are smiling and know that I will always love you forever!!! You will always be in my heart. I missed my dad very much too I hope that you keep each other company while we have this short time apart. I love you dad and dede Im trying to get it together! love Brad
Brad Pierce
November 20, 2006
Hey Aunt Dede, how are you doing? I know its been a while since I have stopped by! School is so busy! I continue to go none stop! Aunt Dede I miss you so much! One of the girls will say something and I remember you! They act just like you! Aunt Dede I miss you so much! School has been rough! Been going non stop 3 class's! I made it on Clubs and Organizations! Its part of student life and leadership! I work directly with the clubs! Its been a lot of fun but definatly have its moments! I have made many friends and met A LOT of new people! Its crazy! But if you know me im a very social person! Lol! Enough for now I will come back soon and let you know more! I LOVE YOU AUNT DEDE! Love Trisha
Trisha Pierce
October 11, 2006
its been awhile sense Ive told you how much I miss and love you!! sometimes I am so lost in this world its hard to go on and dream of a future with out you. I pray every night that you will come to me in my dreams .I need so much to hold you and fell your touch even if for a moment! Im not ready to let you go . You will be in my thoughts and heart forever I know that!!!!!!! I hope that you have found peace only god knows why things happen .I went up to the property and spent the night I thought alot about you I missed you by my side we will see one another again I know that!! say hi to my dad I miss him so much too I love both of you very much love Brad
Brad Pierce
October 6, 2006

Mike and are are doing well. We welcomed Raiden Henry and Lillian Isabelle to the world 09/28/06. Lilly has the Oneida nose and Raiden looks like Mike. If I had not pushed them out, I would question whom the mother was. :)

My mom and I were talking about you the other night before she left St. George. You really were like a sister to her and a second mother to me. She laughed at the memory of you four (my dad, Brad, her and you) sitting in the boat in the driveway drinking, and laughing. I remember riding my bike up the "hill" to come play. I swear that thing was way bigger back then.

You are in my thoughts a lot more than usual the last week. I guess thats what motherhood is all about. Reflecting and remembering. You should be proud of Jessica and Miranda as they are great moms whom learned from the best. I speak with Brad occassionally and he seems to be doing well. I promise Mike and I will try and be there for him and the girls for the rest of our lives.

Family is all that matters in this world.

We love you and please keep coming to my babies, as I know you do. They stare off and smile and I know it is you and their grandpa Henry there with them.


Jenni and Mike
Jenni Clark
September 8, 2006
Hey DeDe,
I have been thinking of you alot lately,I am sorry this is the first time I have written. Its just been hard to grasp the fact that your really gone, I have always had a hard time accepting death. I have to admit I was a little angry. I didn't quite understand why your life had to end the way it did. It just didn't make sense to me, and you know me, I always have to know why about everything, I bet my mom got sick of having to answer so many why questions. and for once I wasn't gonna get an explanation, and it bugged me so bad. I finally just had to except that i would never know why. Though I still sometimes find myself wondering why all over again.
well anywho...I have 3 babies now, rhiannon whom you have met, she will be 4 this november, she a hand full I tell ya, but she is also very sweet, she still speaks in another language, nannonese we call it, but she is beginning to be more understandable. Then there is William whom you never got to meet he was born Febuary 11, 2005, He is such a sweet baby and he would have loved you snd I know you would have loved him, he kinda reminds me a scotty, he is just a big teddy bear, and boy is he a big boy. Hes 18 mons old, and my mom says he has uncle brad's smile. Then there is the latest addition to our little Herring family, her name is Ehlana Rose, she is a spitting image of her pa pa, but my brother in law thinks she looks like a baby version of Kate Hudson, and I have to admit she does... she was born January 28th of this year. Shes beautiful aunt dede, they all are, but I bet you have seen them by now huh? well, I have taken Zoey a few times and I loved it, she is such a doll, now rhiannon keeps asking for her...Dommy is doing well, and so are your girls, we are taking care of them. Well, now that I have talk your ear off, I will be off, I Love You Aunt DeDe, and I hope you are doing well, I bet you and grandpa jack are taking care of eachother. See You Soon
Jennifer Herring
July 26, 2006
Hi Dede, I know it's been awhile but you know there isn't a day that goes by that you don't cross my mind. Lagoon Day was fun but not the same without you, Owen, Henry and Gramps. A lot of changes. I miss you still and always will. I hope you were all there someway or another...Love you lots, Ry...
Ryann Oneida
June 13, 2006
Hey Aunt DeDe. I have been thinking of you a lot latly! Summer semester just started last thursday and its going to be a boring class all the teacher does is lecture! Last saturday was Zoey's birthday and they had a little party for her and she loved it! You should of been there! She opened all her presents and she got some baby's and that's all she wants and the make up set! You would of loved it! You would have been right up there helping her and enjoying every minute of it! Dommy is gettin big! He is talking more and he is wild! Loves to run! They both are so cute! I miss you Aunt DeDe! I wish you could be here I love you a lot! I hope you are always with me and I hope to see you again real soon! I LOVE YOU! Love, Trisha
Trisha Pierce
June 9, 2006
Deed, Mike and I found out that we are having one boy and one girl. They will be named Raiden Henry and Lillian Isabelle Oneida and born sometime in Sept-Oct. I know we are gonna have our hands full with an Oneida boy :) but you should see how proud Mike is to carry on the name. I know that you are getting to know them while they are up there and I ask that you don't teach them too many things to terrorize us. Tell Henry and Grandpa Henry the same. We are moving to St. George in a few weeks and are doing great. If only I would have listened to you years ago when you tried setting us two up!! I will never forget how you would smile and tell me "You know Jenni, Bubba likes you" and "Bubba is such a sweet kid, you two should date"!! I hope that you are proud of me and Mike and the steps we are taking in life. Your approval means the world to both of us. I hope to see you in my dreams soon. We love and miss you!!

Bubba and Jenni
Jenni Clark
June 5, 2006
Its june now getting hot! I have been thinking alot about you I do so much miss you and wish so much that I could hold you close to me and let you know that we love you very much! you would be so proud of your girls they have really stepped up. I hope that you know that I will always love you forever! I know I will see you again but it seems so long tell then stay close to me in my heart I really need you right now come to me in my dreams' I need that sometimes!! peace be with use love Brad
Brad Pierce
May 18, 2006
May 4, 2006
Hey Aunt DeDe, I miss you so much! There is not a day that pass's that I don't think of you! I still remember all the many nights staying at your house and all the many night you and me talked! I remember the night you, me lindsey sat at ur kitchen table and you had this question book and the three of us took turns asking questions out of the book then we all would answer all the questions! We laughed so hard that night! You, me and miranda going shopping at the mall! We have so many memorys! I miss you ssssoooo much DeDe! I LOVE YOU DEDE!
Trisha Pierce
April 22, 2006
Brad Pierce
April 20, 2006

I lost my grandmother this week and grandfather last month. I used to come to you when I was spiritually lost and needed guidance. No one will know all the times that I called and spoke to you on the phone when Miranda and Jessie were not there, or busy.
I miss you so much. When I go to your house it is just not the same, the soul of the house; YOU are not there. I miss you waking us up in the morning and assigning rooms to clean. I miss sitting at the table with you late into the night talking philosophy, and theoriology. I miss the way that it all used to be.

I know that you are in heaven playing with the twins and hope you are not teaching them how to get me and Bub back for all the things we did as children. :)

I love and miss you!!!!
Jenni Clark
March 21, 2006
I miss you so much DeDe my heart will never forget you !!and my heart knows that you did your best! I am at peace and I pray that you are at peace too. god please take care of her and my family I love them so much
Brad Pierce
March 21, 2006
Be still like the grass on a melancholy summer day
Be still like desert shrub.

Be calm and you will hear your loved one speak, in the stillness, in the calm, their love resounds.

If you are still this promise I make, you will hear the voice of your loved one helping you along your way.

Brad Pierce
March 8, 2006
Beautiful Dede,

A whole year has passed and it seems like yesterday. I miss you so as everyone else does. I'm comforted to know that you, Henry, Owen and Gramps are up there all together. I hope with ever fiber in my body that you are finally at peace in your heart and you feel all the love were sending to all of you from down here. I know you have to feel it and maybe returning some of that love, as our family has been given two new gifts from up above, thanks to Bubba and Jenny's news. I know you would be so very happy and think that's "so cute". I still here that echoing in my head, your voice talking about all your children (your kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews and friends who all considered you a mother at one time or another). I miss you so, it breaks my heart daily not to be able to call you up to say a simple hello and I luv you so much! I will always treasure our fun times, camping, holidays, concerts, births and even deaths when we all were together as a family. I hate this hole in our family now from all of you we've lost this last year. Until we're all together again, all my love. Your niece and more importantly friend, Ry-Ry.
Ryann Oneida
January 8, 2006
I know that you where there to welome Henry Michael home I am asking that somehow you Owen Grandpa and Henry can help us all that where left here now. No one seems to be able to put things where they should be Please with the grace of all help us now. We miss you all and need so much to feel some peace. I am asking as someone that loves you all.
Vicki Oneida
November 3, 2005
To my love i miss you very much and hope you have found peace. You are in my heart forever please help me to not be so sad and try to help the kids to understand me Ilove you very much tell next time be free
Brad Pierce
November 1, 2005
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man."

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2005
Ryann Oneida
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