Marva Lea Pierson

Marva Lea Pierson passed away at Jenny Ed Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Thursday, January 16, 2020, at the age of 77 years. Marva was born on August 10, 1942 to her parents, Harold Dean and Julia Maxine (Mefferd) Jenkins in Council Bluffs, Iowa and was raised all her life in Woodbine, Iowa. Marva graduated from Woodbine High School in Woodbine, Iowa. Her favorite subjects were English and bookkeeping and attending Glee Club. She married Norman Pierson on May 5, 1990, and moved to Neola, Iowa and lived there for 25 years before moving to Council Bluffs for a year and back to Woodbine, Iowa. Her memories with him included Norman playing the organ for her, taking drives and going to church and the Temple. Marva had attended one year of nursing as well as receiving various certificates in Health Care. Her work history included working as an excellent typist at North Western Bell in Omaha, Nebraska, typing at 95 WPM and no errors. She worked for 14 years before retiring as a Home Health Aide; worked at Bethany Lutheran Nursing Home; as well as other medical positions within Harrison County Iowa. When asked what her favorite job was, her reply was, “Home care for the elderly”. Marva belonged to the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints being baptized in 1954 at the age of 12 and then baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Some of her favorite things to do were caring for others, visiting with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren as well as gardening for her church and her home. She believed that trying to be like Jesus and following all His ways, was worth striving for in life. Her favorite Bible verse was Psalm118:24. . Marva is preceded in death by her husband, Norman Harold Pierson; parents, Harold Dean and Julia Maxine (Mefferd) Jenkins; sister Connie Jo (Jenkins) Peterson and daughter, Gaye Lynn Hanson. Survivors include Jeffrey Harold Jenkins and wife Kathy of Welch, Oklahoma; Lori Jean (Hanson) Hast and husband James of Minden, Iowa; David Allen Hanson and wife Amy of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Christine Kay (Hanson) Thailing of Omaha, Nebraska; Nancy Kay (Jenkins) Marshall and husband Paul of Woodbine, Iowa; Dan Peterson husband of Connie Jo (Jenkins) Peterson of Woodbine, Iowa; many grandkids and many great-grandkids. Visitation will be Sunday, January 19, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Logan Memorial Chapel, Logan, Iowa. Interment will be held at the Woodbine Cemetery, Woodbine, Iowa immediately following the services. The family would like to invite everyone back to the church for a luncheon for a time of fellowship and remembering the life of Marva Lea Pierson. In Loving Memory Of Marva Lea Pierson Born August 10, 1942 Council Bluffs, Iowa Entered into Rest January 16, 2020 Woodbine, Iowa Funeral Service 10:30 a.m., Monday, January 20, 2020 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Logan, Iowa

Officiating Bishop Bendorf Pianists Sister Hussing and Sister Dolan

Music Selection “We Shall Behold Him” Prayer Bishop Bendorf

Song “How Great Thou Art” Brother Seeley

Reading of Obituary Brother Yates

Song “Jesus Loves Me” Congregation

Testimony Sister Hast

Song “What A Friend We Have in Jesus” Brother Seeley

Speaker Brother Gardner Music Selection “I Can Only Imagine”

Closing Prayer Brother Cortez

Song “God Be With You Till We Meet Again” Congregation

Casket Bearers

Austin Hast Nick Leuschen Bret Richardson Christian Raya Jason Peterson Tim Marshall

Final Resting Place Woodbine Cemetery Woodbine, Iowa

I’m Free Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free I’m following the path God laid for me. I took His hand when I heard Him call, I turned my back and left it all. I could not stay another day, To laugh, to love, to work or play. Tasks left undone must stay that way, I found that place at the close of day. If my parting has left a void, Then fill it with remembered joy. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss, Ah yes, these things, I too, will miss. Be not burdened with times of sorrow, I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. My life’s been full, I savored much, Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch. Perhaps my time seemed all too brief, Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your heart and share with me, God wanted me now, He set me free. Author Unknown


  • Jan Soukup Posted January 17, 2020 10:53 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with each of you. Marva is not in pain any more. We have great memories of times we spent together. Wish I could be with you all at this time you are all close in heart. Love Jan

  • Leia Johnsen Posted January 17, 2020 8:19 pm

    Dear family
    Your mother was one of the precious prettiest ladies I Ever knew. I consider that I’m privilege to have her in my life. Her light shines on through all of you. Sweet dreams Marva.
    Love you Much

  • Lori Sears Posted January 18, 2020 1:05 pm

    She was a beautiful person and will be missed. I doubt you know this but she took me under her wing at a time when I really needed it. I’ve never forgotten her kindness. It may seem like such a small thing to everyone else, but a simple handmade stuffed chicken given to a little girl at a rough time in her life was such a special gift. One that could never be repaid. It was a privilege to have known her. Much love to all of her family. ~ Lori

  • Kristin Michael Posted January 22, 2020 11:32 am

    Your mom was a caring and kind soul. I am sorry for your loss.

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