Sophie Denise Oneida Pierce
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.
Published by The Salt Lake Tribune on Mar. 11, 2005.
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Thinking about you and missing you . Cody is there and i know you were waiting for him . give all our family a hug from us and tell them we love and miss them !
Brad Pierce
November 5, 2021
I love you and miss you so much momma please take care of Cody and welcome him with open arms. I love you
Your daughter
October 24, 2021
Brad Pierce
June 8, 2020
Love you mom! I have been missing you lately and I wish you were here to see us!
June 5, 2020
Miss you Dede!
March 5, 2020
Brad Pierce
May 15, 2019
Mama, i just wanted to say I love you so much and I am thinking of you
March 19, 2019
good time at easter ! I love our kids and grandkids so proud of them..
Brad Pierce
April 2, 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 21, 2018
We have the best kids and grandkids !
Brad Pierce
February 19, 2018
Brad Pierce
January 14, 2018
Brad pierce
December 30, 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
December 16, 2016
Brad Pierce
September 3, 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
March 8, 2016
you would be so proud of your girls and your grandkids I love them so much.
Brad Pierce
November 2, 2014
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
March 10, 2010

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 29, 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
October 28, 2009
DeDE you knew we each needed you. You are missed and will be forever. love Berva
April 28, 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 24, 2009
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 6, 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
April 4, 2008
Merry CHristmas Dede
December 25, 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
November 22, 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
September 4, 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 6, 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 3, 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
July 2, 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 30, 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
June 15, 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
January 22, 2007
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
December 30, 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 24, 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
November 20, 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 11, 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
October 6, 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
September 8, 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
July 26, 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 13, 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 9, 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
June 5, 2006
May 18, 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
May 4, 2006
Brad Pierce
April 22, 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
April 20, 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 21, 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
March 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
January 7, 2006
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 3, 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
November 1, 2005
Hi Deda, I know it's been awhile since I've wrote, you know in your heart though, how very often you are on my mind along with everyone else who loves you so much! The holidays are coming up here shortly and I don't know how we'll ever manage without your unique ways. I will hold dear the memories of Chicken Cor Done Blue at Thanksgiving. How beautiful you decorate the house and tree for Christmas. And all the fun times. I miss you so much! I hate that you're gone. I don't know if any of us will ever understand. PLEASE PLEASE, someway show us you are around when we are together for the holidays! I love you Deed, Ry...

P.S. Tell the old man, I've been dreaming about him lately, I know he misses his lil ol trailer...Tell him his princess loves him and misses him so much!!! But I'm glad he's up there to keep the Queen company!
Ryann Oneida
October 26, 2005
The last while has been very hard lately for me. I still can"t understand anything' i hope one day to find peace and understanding in all that has happend and to learn how to live without you. I hope peace has found you 'and me one day. I hope your happy and full of love and peace i'm trying to find it too. Its very hard to feel anything deep inside with out feeling a great loss and sadness if you can help me to find the way of understanding why things happend the way it did. The kids done"t understand me at all any more and i try so hard but maybe soon i can be me. Because i love them so much god please be with them every day and hold them and give them understanding and let them know how to live with out there mom! love Brad
Brad Pierce
September 17, 2005

If I knew it would be the last time
That I'd see you fall asleep,
I would tuck you in more tightly
and pray the Lord, your soul to keep.

If I knew it would be the last time
that I see you walk out the door,
I would give you a hug and kiss
and call you back for one more.

If I knew it would be the last time
I'd hear your voice lifted up in praise,
I would video tape each action and word,
so I could play them back day after day.

If I knew it would be the last time,
I could spare an extra minute
to stop and say "I love you,"
instead of assuming you would KNOW I do.

If I knew it would be the last time
I would be there to share your day,
Well I'm sure you'll have so many more,
so I can let just this one slip away.

For surely there's always tomorrow
to make up for an oversight,
and we always get a second chance
to make everything just right.

There will always be another day
to say "I love you,"
And certainly there's another chance
to say our "Anything I can do?"

But just in case I might be wrong,
and today is all I get,
I'd like to say how much I love you
and I hope we never forget.

Tomorrow is not promised to anyone,
young or old alike,
And today may be the last chance
you get to hold your loved one tight.

So if you're waiting for tomorrow,
why not do it today?
For if tomorrow never comes,
you'll surely regret the day,

That you didn't take that extra time
for a smile, a hug, or a kiss
and you were too busy to grant someone,
what turned out to be their one last wish.

So hold your loved ones close today,
and whisper in their ear,
Tell them how much you love them
and that you'll always hold them dear

Take time to say "I'm sorry,"
"Please forgive me," "Thank you," or "It's okay."
And if tomorrow never comes,
you'll have no regrets about today.
Miranda Pierce
September 15, 2005
Its been 4 months today and i miss you more than ever i think about you all the time. You for ever will be in my heart and soul good times will forever be in my mind. I will love you tell we meet again and i know it will happen in time i love you very much and always will for ever WITH LOVE BRAD
Brad Pierce
July 8, 2005
DeDe, I wrote this for you a while ago, it was going to be part of your Christmas present but I never got around to giving it to you. I just wish that I had, maybe if you got this before that day you wouldn't have left all of us here without you. Love always, Wendy

DeDe’s Poem
By: Wendy Bates

I know this woman,
She’s very special you see.
To all of us who know her,
Her name is DeDe.

She’s pretty normal,
And sometimes quite strange.
By looking at her,
You’ll never guess her age.

She has a loving family,
And oh so many friends.
The love that she shows you,
Is one that never ends.

DeDe is the person,
Everyone knows.
To everyone she meets,
Its love she shows.

She is a strong woman,
Someone I wish I could be.
A very special person,
We know as DeDe.

Her beauty is endless,
Her love spans all time.
All though I have a wonderful mother of my own,
I wish DeDe as a mother was mine.

Her family is her treasure,
Of that you can be sure.
The love that she gives,
Is one so very pure.

Of all the friends I have,
DeDe is one of my best.
And this is why,
She stands out above the rest!

I love you DeDe!!
Wendy Bates
June 22, 2005
Hey Deda, Drakey's birthday party was yesterday. I missed you there, it wasn't the same although I was grateful it turned out to be a good party for him. Miranda, Linds, Wendy, Jenny and all the lil angels came and I think had a good time.

Lil Zoe's birthday's this weekend and we'll miss you being there again. I know you are there in spirit, watching over us and blessing all these lil angels on the day they were given to us.

I am trying to remember all the good times, the funny times we all shared as a family with you and Owen here.

One funny memory I have is when you worked security and had those handcuffs up at Grandma's house and my dad let you put them on him, but then you pretended you lost the key? We had a lot of fun over the years, huh Dede? I miss your free soul and the laughter. Lindsay has the video of that time at Grams so I'll try to watch it and smile instead of cry.

Drake let a balloon go for you on Saturday. It was a birthday balloon Grams sent to him but it was almost out of helium. He said he wanted to send it up to God and you, He said you would love it because you haven't seen Grandma in a long time.

I miss you so, I think about you everyday and wonder - although your the reason I'm so sure about the afterlife - I miss you so much Deda, I feel alone right now even though I know I'm not, it's just I felt a connection with you that's not always there with everyone, It's funny cuz I think everyone felt the same way about having that connection with you. You are so special to all of us in all sorts of ways, you probably never even realized. But now you know, I love you and miss you, God please bless her and help us all understand. Dede, I love you, Ryann
Ryann Oneida
June 6, 2005
You of all people know how much I am missing you, right now. These past three months have been hard not having you here to talk/run to. Life is just such a crazy journey. Thank you for all the comfort you have unbelievably been able to offer from up above. I know that it is because of you that I have opened my mind and began to pray again. I have not been able to bring myself to write in here for a long time, I am sorry. You know how much I miss and love you. I am trying my best to take care of your family. The kids are getting big! 8 days until Zoey is 1 yr old!!! WOW!!!! She is crawling now and pulling herself up on things. I know you are helping her. :)

You were always "the most kind soul" in the world. It seems like just yesterday when we were at the table talking and I told you this. I hope that you are proud of all the efforts I am making. All the love in the world, until we meet again.
Your other daughter (one of the many)
Jenni Clark
Jen Clark
June 2, 2005
DeDe I'm so sorry that we couldn't let you know that we really cared more than you realize. I hope now that you are feeling the love we all felt for you. I'm sure that Owen was waiting with open arms. Until we meet again.....Love ya kid
Berva Pierce
May 28, 2005
its been so hard this weekend I miss you so much and need you to comfort me. im not doing good" but I keep trying Ijust need to say Im sorry for not helping you at the end and hope that you know what you ment to me your my soul mate and no one will ever take your place in my heart, just hope you know that and god knows that to please hold me in my dreams please it dose help dont always run stop and let me hold you. I will make sure the kids will be fine and taking care of them just needed to talk and I pray you hear LOVE FOREVER YOUR SOULMATE AND HUSBAND BRAD
Brad Pierce
May 23, 2005
Its been almost 10 weeks and we started group therapy with some very nice people that are very sad to. I miss you every day: and at times I dont know if I am going to make it. my dreams are very real now days but very hard to handle they make me think your hear somtimes,so when I wake up I realize how much I miss you and how much time if ever that my pain will ever ease. I miss talking with you so much and holding you, I hope and pray god holds you every day. I know you need that very much and if you can try to hold me I NEED IT TOO I love you so very much and I pray that peace has reached you and that I will see again when the time comes. peace be the journey and journey be the peace I LOVE YOU VERY MUCH AND WILL ALWAYS ALWAYS BE WAITING FOR THE DAY WHEN I CAN BE WITH YOU AGAIN LOVE YOUR HUSBAN BRAD SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS
Brad Pierce
May 21, 2005
Hi Deed,

Another Tuesday and I'm missing you. Like Lindsay said, it's kind of ironic that you wake up not really realizing it's Tuesday but then your heart begins to ache and you put the two together. I heard a song this morning that made my heart hurt wondering how you must have felt that morning. Fly freebird, be free and peaceful, please fly down here once in a while, we would all love to see your beautiful smile and feel your warmth. I love you aunt Deda with all my heart and soul. Take care and know I'll always miss you. The boys miss you too! You'll always have a special place in our hearts...
Ryann Oneida
May 17, 2005
Happy Mother's Day Deda,
Thanks for being a wonderful mother, grandmother and aunt to us all. I love you so much. I am proud to call you family!

Love Ya Lots,

Ryann Oneida
May 9, 2005
You are my sunshine
My only sunshine
You make me happy
When skies are grey
You'll never know dear
How much I love you
So please don't take my sunshine away

I love you and miss you mama always.
Happy Mother's Day
Randy Roo
May 8, 2005
If mothers were flowers, I'd pick you! 8) I love you!
Miranda Pierce
May 3, 2005
Hi Deda, Today has been kind of a rough day for me. It seems like I'll be doing ok and then it reality hits like a freight train. I miss you so much. I miss our friendship. I want so much to call and talk to you today. - Evan got in a bit of trouble today at school and the situation would really just make you laugh - I miss your laugh and I hope it continues to echo in my head until I see you again. I miss our talks about the boys and your family. I miss the advise you'd offer. I called up to your house and told Miranda about Evan's funny story instead. It made her laugh. Please God, help our family make it through this! Please God keep our Dede safe and at peace for all time!
Dede, I love you and miss you,
Your niece and most of all Friend,
Ryann Oneida
April 29, 2005
My Dearest Dede
I miss you so much. I go to bed thinking of you, wake up with you in my crazy head. I feel so lonely.
Before March 8 you were the person i went to whenever i was sad, angry,happy,lonely or just confused.

I go to your home, and it is so strange. Something is missing. I keep waiting for it to return, but its you. YOUR GONE! I know when I am ready you will come to me. I apoligize for any of the negative thoughts I have had of you on that dreadful Tuesday morning.

Your life had such a strong impact on me, and everyone else who walked into your home. I always thought you were the coolest person I ever, ever knew. I only wish you knew that when you were here.

You were my mother throughout my teenage years, and my best friend during my twenties. I will always love you for eternity.

Love Lindsay
Lindsay Oneida
April 24, 2005
Hi Dede,
Well I finally moved to Wyoming. It's been hard being away from everyone. I miss the kids & going over to your house to visit. I know god puts us where we are supposed to be and i realise the reasons why I am in Wyoming. I know you know already, because I can feel your presence there alot. It's been really nice going over to mom's house. We have very nice talks together. I enjoy going over there to help her with a little cleaning. She's getting old and is not doing really good. So, I know your there watching over her. She misses you so much Dede. I wish it was you there spending time with her though we both feel you there with us.
Well Dede, if you could make a picture or something fall off the wall while I am cleaning, I'd like that. I miss you so much!!!
Love Birdie....
Birdie Davis
April 23, 2005
Brad, Mirandy, Jessi and the rest of this big fam...I love you all and I know we will all be together again until then I hope we can all be there for eachother as much as possible and remember to always love eachother. Dede, my heart is still breaking, Tuesday's I dread, I miss you so, here's to you...

-Eric Clapton

Would you know my name
If I saw you in heaven?
Would you feel the same
If I saw you in heaven?
I must be strong and carry on
’cause I know I don’t belong here in heaven...

Would you hold my hand
If I saw you in heaven?
Would you help me stand
If I saw you in heaven?
I’ll find my way through night and day
’cause I know I just can’t stay here in heaven...

Time can bring you down, time can bend your knees
Time can break your heart, have you begging please...begging please

Beyond the door there’s peace I’m sure
And I know there’ll be no more tears in heaven...

Would you know my name
If I saw you in heaven?
Would you feel the same
If I saw you in heaven?
I must be strong and carry on
’cause I know I don’t belong here in heaven...
Ryann Oneida
April 12, 2005
I'm moving to Wyoming tomorrow. And I am really going to miss going to your house everyday. Brad really enjoys it when he has the chance to talk with me, it's good to let him get it out. Please continue to come into his dreams and hold him. I think god has a hand in me leaving, because I will be up there with mom. Please be with me to say the right words to help heal her heart too. I hope your able to still be around the house to watch over everyone, because I feel you there all the time. Thank you for being there when I was with Wendy. And Bubba got the ring you described. I hope to have an experience like that again. I love you Dede with all my heart, and I know you are in better place, and that gives me comfort.
Love Birdie!!!
Birdie Oneida
April 9, 2005
I was the last one to see you that morning
As you desperately looked for peace
And I struggled for something to say
I left you in pain without even a comforting hug as I left out the door
I didn't stand in your way
Now I miss you more
Than I missed you before
And now where I'll find comfort, only God knows
Because you left me
Just when I needed you most

Now most every morning
I stare out the window
I think about where you might be
I wish I would have given you that hug
Even if you wouldn't have accepted it from me
Because I need you more
Than I needed you before
And now where I'll find comfort, only God knows
Because you left me
Just when I needed you most

Your eyes struggled with sadness that morning
As you, for the last time, helped me put my socks on
And I struggled for something to say
Now you've left us in pain
I don't know why I didn't stay
Now I love you more
Than I loved you before
And now where I'll find comfort, only God knows
Because you left me
Just when I needed you most
Miranda Pierce
April 8, 2005
Hi Deda, Another day has come and gone and I'm still missing you. I regret not letting you know how much you meant to me while you were here. Like one of my sales guys told me here at work, "You were my anchor" and I think that goes for most all of us. Life is so precious, I wish I would have hugged and kissed you that Sunday before you left, but I was in a hurry and then you were gone. You've taught me how to appreciate life while we're here and to always treat this day as the last you might have. The boys are missing you badly, we listened to the cd of the funeral on the way home from your house on your birthday and they were both crying. I forget how much this is affecting them also. I told Jeramie last nite about your passing and he said he was glad to have got to see you at Ev's b-day party and talk with you. You have always been and will always be someone who people feel comfortable with and accepted by. I love that about you. I know you know about me and Mook's problems but he wanted me to tell Brad and the girls Happy Birthday to you from him. You've touched so many people and probably didn't ever realize it. I've been wondering about Gramps today. I hope some way you'll let us know your input on how to handle his day when he passes. I wish you were here for that. I know how close you and he are...remember like you said, I can be the princess but you'll always been the Queen, haha. I love you Dede, I hope your dreams are coming true. P.S. The card you gave me a few months back, you said something about me being compared to you (in a negative way), I would be honored and love to be compared to you. You are real, giving and most of all loving. Make sure you know that. Love Always, Ryann
Ryann Oneida
April 6, 2005
Hello Dede,
HAPPY HAPPY Birthday. I miss you so much. The feelings I feel are so confusing, I mean who can really comprehend that one day you can be hugging and kissing and saying I LUV YOU then the next they are just simply not here no more.
I want you to do me a favor!! God knows that I ask for angels everyday to be with my family and I know they are sent but if you could personally send an angel for my mom, dad, sis, bubba. Because from experiencing this hole thing and knowing what it would be like to loose someone I love I can't even imagine it. So please from up above watch over al of us. I love you and miss you so much.
Love always and forever Trisha!!
Trisha Oneida
April 4, 2005
DeDe, I wanted to wish you a Happy Birthday. I wished you was here with all of us to celebrate your special day.I know in my h4eart that you are with us in spirit. You are on all our minds all the time. And always in our hearts. We miss you so very much. You have left us with such a empty space in our lives, it gets confusing how to move on without you.The family is having ice-cream and cake tonite for your birthday,so I will see you there. LOVE ALWAYS, Birdie
Birdie Davis
April 4, 2005
Happy Birthday DeDe We miss you very much Grandpa ask's about you often and says he will never get to see your pretty face again but tell's me how much he loves you. I am doing the best I can with him but he misses you..I Love and miss you ...
Vicki Oneida
April 4, 2005
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Deda, I told the boys that we have to be happy today no matter what because today is a good day, the day the Lord blessed us with your beautiful soul. I love you and miss you so. I hope you'll be with us all at your house tonite, celebrating your life. Thank you for whatever help or guidance you've brought to me lately. I feel like weight is slowly lifting off my shoulders. I just wish the same for everyone in our family. Brad, I'm so happy that you've written in the book. I know it will help ease some of the pain and void. I wish the girls would do the same. I love you all so much. Forever Young beautiful Dede, you'll always be... P.S. I know I've been so afraid of letting go of Gramps but I know you'll be there for him. Hugs and Kisses Ryann...
Ryann Oneida
April 4, 2005
To my love Dede I know times were hard and you needed some peace and though I will miss you forever I pray with every breath I take that god will hold you and Love you in his arms and give the peace you deserve. please god give her My heart to hold and make my pain easier For I love her so much and miss her and I never will stop loving her and missing her forever tell the end of my life.I beleve there is a purpose for everthing and I hope to understand one day please come to me in my dreams Dede I need you so bad. And you will never stop being in my heart and thoughts. We all make mistakes but LOVE gets us through hard times and I will never stop loving you tell the end of time GOD GIVE ME THE STRENGTH TO BE STRONG. YOUR LOVING HUSBAND BRAD
Brad Pierce
April 3, 2005
I have been going over to your house making sure that everyone is doing okay. I feel your presence there quite often. At times I think they are holding up okay, but there are times that they just need to talk. I need you to please try to come to Brad to let him know that you are okay. Whether it be in dreams or in light. He misses you desperatetly. Jessi and Miranda seem to be holding up though I see that they are holding it all in. Dede you have givin me my hardest lesson in life, to carry on here without you. We all miss you very much. And we hold all of the special memories that you have given us to cherish ones that we will be talking about to help us through it all. I will be there to give your grandbabies a kiss from you, and I tell them that. Hope your Easter was beautiful with Jesus and all of the angels. We missed you this year so much. We spent it with dad at Curtis's. Dad's really weak now, I know that you will be there to meet him when the time comes. Tell "Owny" I love him, and my sister "Kathy".
I love you so much, LUV BIRDIE
April 1, 2005
Hey Deed, I just wanted to talk to you, whichever way I can. Easter wasn't the same without you, but I feel you were there in spirit. Lil Zoe looked "so cute" as you would say in her Easter dress. The fam took some pics and I'm hoping to catch a glimpse of you in one of them if it's possible. I've been reading Sylvia Browne books and talkin with Bird, it's been really helping me with everything. Things are pretty hard for me right now and I just wish I could pick up the phone and talk to YOU! I always have admired that you would never judge, just listen and point out how important it is for us all to be happy. I think some things in my home have been opened up since I've been reading those books. Me and Ev have been having some different dreams and just a feeling of something else there. Last night Evan says there were two twin guys sitting at our table and one of them was really quiet and scared him but the other talked to him. Ev actually got a frog with the birthday money you gave him and he says the "nice spirit" reached in and touched his frog and said how cool it was. I wonder who these guys are. I'd like to think that you are taking care of DEDE up there but have sent each one of us an angel or spirit guide to help us? If when you get settled and are strong enough to, please let me know that you are still here so I can let Evan know. He misses you so. I LOVE YOU WITH ALL MY HEART AND WISH YOU ALL THE HAPPINESS IN THE WORLD AND BEYOND. Please if you can tell my spirit guides, I really need some extra help right now, not to be selfish but I'm scared that I'm not strong enough Dede and I need some help.
Love ya, Ry
Ryann Oneida
March 28, 2005
To my favorite Aunt Dede!!!
Dede from all that I have come to learn from what my mom believes, I truely know and feel that you are in a wonderful place, so wonderful that we can't even comprehend. Your with the angels and God and you are finally truely happy.
I miss the way you laughed and the way you gave the biggest bear hug every time I walked through the door. I miss when I would come and you would be so excited to show something knew that you got. I miss you Dede. Thank you for giving us all the wonderful memories of you and most of all thank you for being Bubba's second MOM. He really misses you alot.
Love You Always
Trisha Magoo!!!!
Trisha Oneida
March 26, 2005
I miss you so very much! Life will never be the same without you. I know in my heart that you are with all of us. Dede, we've talked about all of the spiritual experiences, & how divine it would be to have one. Please Dede let me know that you are okay. If you come in my dreams, or come in light, I'll embrace the experience with love. I know your with me always Dede! I miss your presence, your smile, your laugh, and how you always said " Birdie i've been thinking about you" and then I would show up.
I Love You Dede!
I love you Brad, Miranda,
Jessi and the little angels.
Your sister, Birdie!!!!
Birdie Davis
March 26, 2005

Over The Rainbow

Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high
There's a land that I heard of
Once in a lullaby

Somewhere over the rainbow
Skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true

Some day I'll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where troubles melt like lemondrops
Away above the chimney tops
That's where you'll find me

Somewhere over the rainbow
Bluebirds fly
Birds fly over the rainbow
Why then, oh why can't I?
Some day I'll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where troubles melt like lemondrops
Away above the chimney tops
That's where you'll find me

Somewhere over the rainbow
Bluebirds fly
Birds fly over the rainbow
Why then, oh why can't I?

If happy little bluebirds fly
Beyond the rainbow
Why, oh why can't I?

Ryann Oneida
March 17, 2005
I have been a friend of the family for about fourteen years and in those fourteen years I was very blessed to have had Dede in my life. She was a beautiful person and I will miss her very much.
Sabrina Murray-Randolph
March 16, 2005
March 15, 2005

It was pretty hard for me to tell you how I felt at the funeral. I want you to know how truly special you are to all of us. I can't say anything in past tense because I know you are still out there and I know in my heart that you are watching over us all. I love you so very much. No offense to the other aunts, but you've always been my favorite. I hope you'll come visit me. I promise I won't be scared. I know you have already been there with my 1964 penny. Tell Owenie and my Grandpa Smith that I love them very much. If you get a chance to see my Grampa Smith he'll tell ya "We all luv ya big bunches!" Dede, I know that you know now how much you are loved and cherished. All of our family and friends tried so hard to show you while you were here, but I know now you see and feel this in your heart. I gave the girls and Brad cross chains for the funeral, I know how strongly you believed. And I'm really trying to hold onto the faith you've passed on to all of us. I know your up there with the clouds, your beautiful... Love Ry-Ry
Ryann Oneida
March 14, 2005
My thoughts and prayers are with you! I will never forget the fun Sophie and I had together back in the Home Interior days. She would always have a smile to share!
Pat Kiel
March 14, 2005
What a lovely soul Dee Dee is. I first met dee dee when she trained me at Pizza Hut in West Jordan. You knew she was a special soul even then. I seen her a few time over the years and she always smiled when you ask how life was. She had a great love for her family and friends. What a contagious laugh. Thanks for the light and love that you shared while here on earth.Safe journey teacher, friend philospher, laughter giver. You shall be missed. Blessing to your family and friends, for I know you have left a space in their hearts just for you. Blessings Colleen
Colleen Rieger
March 12, 2005
My sincerest sympathies are with your family at this time. I worked with Sophie at Wal-Mart and went through orientation with her. Everyone at Wal-Mart sends their love and prayers. We all loved her and will miss her bright shining smile and wonderful personality, and are grateful for all she did for us. She is a wonderful lady and I am priveleged to have known her. May God bless you and your family in this difficult time.
J'Lene Olson
March 12, 2005
My deepest sympathy to the family and loved ones of my friend Sophie. I feel blessed to have known her, and will cherish the memory of her winning smile and open heart.
Stephanie Smith
March 12, 2005
Marian, My sincere sympathy for your loss, I know how you are feeling as I too have lost a beautiful daughter. God will give you the graces necessary to go on ,although it will be hard from day to day.
Georgia Mehan Gonzales
March 11, 2005
Dedee will be missed greatly. We are so sorry for your loss. We will miss her great smile and sense of humor. We love you Brad, Miranda and Jesse. We are there for you please call if you need anything.
Steve & Carol Pierce
March 11, 2005

You were my second mother, your love and guidance will stay in my heart forever. You are in my prayers. Until we see eachother again.
Jennifer Clark
March 11, 2005
I will miss you sophie. You always were caring and always had a smile on your face even in the darkest time. My heart goes out to your family. May you rest in peace.
Jennifer Evans
March 11, 2005
Dede was always so friendly. I'll forever remember her smiling face and the way she always made you feel welcomed. She will be missed. Brad, My love and prayers go out to you and your family.
Rhonda Jensen
March 11, 2005
Brad, Miranda, Jesse

This is Mike's mom. I am so sorry for your loss. Your wife, and mother was a life line to Mike. She was the mom to Mike I couldn't be at times. She talked with him loved him and most likey yelled at him. She knew and knows his pain and helped him when I couldn't. She will be missed by him. No one can help dull your pain you are feeling but It will lessen with each and everyday. May you feel comfort at this time and now that people sympthize withyour loss. Call if you need anything. I hold a deep respect for your mom and her care a love she had for Mike. Thank -you all for being there for him I worry about him and I know at this time he worrys about you all.
Love and thought to you all
Marcy Denerline
Marcy Dennerline
March 11, 2005
Mitch Pierce
March 11, 2005
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