Bertha Elizabeth Pierson 1936-2018


Bertha Elizabeth (Rice) Mariner Pierson, 82, died Saturday, December 15, 2018.

There will be a graveside service on Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 11:00 am at Macon County Memorial Park, Harristown, IL. Visitation will be one hour before at the cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family, in care of her son, Daniel Mariner. Tanzyus Logan Funeral Service and Care is in charge of arrangements.

Bert or Sis, as she was known, was born in May of 1936 in Vandalia, Illinois, the daughter of Irvin and Pearl Rice. She was a high school graduate with a certificate as a nursing assistant. She retired as a CNA after 25 years. Bert married Ora Charles Mariner in May of 1954 and he preceded her in death. She then married Lester Clyde Pierson in August of 1965 and he also preceded her in death.Bertha loved her crossword puzzles and reading as well as country and gospel music. She had an infectious smile that would light up a room. Her quirky sense of humor and big hugs will be greatly missed.

Sis is survived by her children: Daughter, Shirley (Larry) Cravens, Sons, Larry Mariner, Daniel (Wendy) Mariner, and Jerry Mariner; siblings: Sister, Malinda Lewis, Deanna (Randy) Shinn, Brothers, Gary (Shirley) Rice, Terry (Judy) Rice, Barry Rice; six grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, and one great great grandson (on the way).

Bertha was preceded by two husbands; father, Irvin Rice; mother, Pearl Lawson; step-mother, Alma Rice; brothers, Glenn Rice, Gerald Rice, Donald Rice, Bobby Rice, Larry Rice; sisters: Betty Rice, Sharon Howe; daughter, Shari Mariner; grandson, Adam D Mariner; and great grandson, Christopher M. Mariner.

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