Margaret J. Pierce, 82, of Sioux Rapids, a former long- time Peterson resident, died Friday, June 1, 2007 at the St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer.
Funeral services were held Monday, June 4, at 10:30 a.m. at the Peterson United Methodist Church in Peterson. Pastor Roger Maize and Pastor Charles Hall officiated. There was also an Eastern Star service at the Church on that date. Burial was at the Oakland Cemetery at Peterson.
Margaret was born northwest of Peterson, on March 6, 1925, to John & Jesse (Stoner) Reed. She attended schools in Linn Grove and Cushing, graduating in 1943. Margaret received her teaching certificate from Wayne State College at Wayne, Neb. and her Liberal Arts Degree from Buena Vista College in Storm Lake. She was married to Charles Craig Pierce on June 16, 1948 at Peterson, and taught school in several area schools, including Cleghorn, Akron, Sutherland, Gaza, and at Sioux Valley Schools (Peterson and Linn Grove) for 25years. She taught for a rotal of 33 years, retiring in 1986.
Margaret and Craig lived in Sioux Rapids, Cushing, rural Linn Grove, rural Peterson, rural Calumet, Sutherland, Sioux Rapids, Storm Lake for 14 years and Peterson for six years. She was a member of the Peterson United Methodist Church.
Margaret was active in the church, belonging to U.M.W., sang in the church choir, and was also in the Bell Choir. She was a 50 year member of Eastern Star, and was a Past Worthy Matron. She enjoyed, fishing, golfing, playing cards, watching game shows, basketball games, singing and going for coffee.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister and brother-in-law, Ina and Ken Joy, a brother David Reed, a sister-in-law Louise Reed and a brother-in-law Herb Nielsen.
She is survived by her husband Craig, three children: Rebecca Diersen and her husband Keith of Sac City; Robert Pierce and his wife Tess of Sioux Rapids; Ronald Pierce and his wife Denise of Sioux Rapids, Iowa; nine grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; two sisters: Eleanor Nielsen of Spencer; twin sister Marjorie Pritts and her husband Walter Pritts of Cherokee.