Pierce nee Kimker, Laverne Amanda

Date: Friday, September 7, 2018
Time: 4:00 to 8:00 PM and after 9:00 AM on Saturday, September 8, 2018

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Date: Saturday, September 8, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM

Service Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Midlawn Memorial Gardens, Union, MO

Memorials / Donations:
May be made to First Baptist Church, St. Clair, MO


Laverne Amanda Pierce of St. Clair, MO, departed this life in St. Clair on September 1, 2018, having reached the age of ninety-two years, one month and eighteen days. Laverne was born in St. Louis, MO, on July 13, 1926, daughter of Albert Henry Kimker and Ida Amanda Augusta Kimker nee Meyer. On November 27, 1948, she was united in marriage to Robert Clifton Pierce, known to all as Bob, and five children came to bless this union.

Laverne is survived by three sons, Rohan Pierce and wife, Charlotte, of Schertz, TX, Clifford Pierce and wife, Zoe, of St. Clair, MO, and Jerry Pierce and wife, Andrea, of St. Clair; by her daughter, Julie Gordon of St. Clair; by two brothers, Alvin Kimker and wife, Gladys, of Sullivan, MO and Bob Kimker and wife, Sherry, of St. Clair; by three sisters, June Heimbaugh of Washington, MO, Sharon Roberts and husband, Dan, of Rogers, AR, and Karen Griemel of Bourbon, MO; by nine grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great, great-great and great-great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.

Laverne was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Ida Kimker; by her step-mother, Hortence Kimker; by her husband, Bob Pierce; by one infant son, Timothy Pierce, and by two brothers, Eugene Kimker and Richard Kimker.

Laverne was a Christian and long time member of First Baptist Church in St. Clair, MO. She was also a member of the Women’s Missionary Union and was a very active member of the church. During her working career she provided child care in her own home for many years. When her children were young she served as a girl scout leader and den mother for her children’s scout troops. She was a talented seamstress and enjoyed making many of her clothes and her daughter’s clothes. Laverne enjoyed playing piano, piecing quilts and tending to her flowers, both inside and outside. What meant most to her was time spent with her family. Her children and grandchildren held a very special place in her heart, as she did in their hearts.

A kind and loving mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great and great-great-grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, great, great-great and great-great-great-aunt, cousin and treasured friend, she will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved her.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 AM Saturday, September 8, 2018, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with the Rev. Jim Muir officiating. Interment was in Midlawn Memorial Gardens, Union, MO. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church in St. Clair, MO.