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MURPHYSBORO — Lela M. Pierson, 90, passed away at 10:20 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

Lela was born Dec. 9, 1927, in Murphysboro, to Leonard Elmore and Mary (Cripps) Elmore.

She was a homemaker and had worked at various places including at SIU-Carbondale in food service.

Mrs. Pierson had attended Mount Carbon Christian Church in Murphysboro.

She was a member of VFW Post 7190 Ladies Auxiliary.

Lela married Clayton H. Pierson on Feb. 26, 1945, in Murphysboro, and he preceded her in death on March 16, 2003.

Survivors include five children, Lynn Bonner and her husband, Ray Bonner, of Frost Proof, Florida, Lela Park of Las Vegas, Nevada, George C. Pierson and his wife, Maryjo Pierson, of Sandridge, Jerry Pierson and his wife, Betty Pierson, of Jackson, Missouri, and Roger Pierson of Murphysboro; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Viva Cripps of Murphysboro.

She was preceded in death by one granddaughter; and three half brothers, Ray Varner, Charlie Varner and Woodrow Varner.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, in Pettett Funeral Home, with the Rev. Tim Olson officiating and visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, in Pleasant Grove Memorial Park.

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