Betty Reed Pierson, age 82, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 7, 2023 at her home in Landenberg, PA. She was the widow of the late James Robert Pierson (Bob), with whom she shared 57 years of marriage.
Betty was born December 25, 1940 as the daughter of the late Elwood M. and Ruth W. Reed of Chadds Ford, PA. She also had four sisters and one brother, all of whom she adored. Of her five siblings, Betty is survived by one sister, Shirley R. Day in Mason, MI.
After graduating from Unionville High School in 1959, Betty began her longtime career in the fine furniture retail industry as a secretary/bookkeeper for Charles K. Jerrehian, Inc Interior Designs in West Chester, PA. She was an extremely devoted employee, working there for 36 years, only leaving due to the closure of the business. At the age of 55, Betty wanted to continue working, but closer to home. That was not to be. Another fine furniture store owner learned that Betty was available for employment. After several attempts to say “no”, she gave in and began the lengthy commute to J.M. Walton Interiors & Furniture in Frazer, PA to work as the office manager/bookkeeper for another 10+ years, only leaving again due to that business’ closure. Betty also donated her time to keeping the books for her church for several years and for her husband’s business for decades.
In 1965, Betty and Bob were married at the Presbyterian Church of Kennett Square. They were faithful members of this church for the remainder of their lives. Later in life, their loving church family looked forward to seeing them as weekly greeters for many years.
In her pastime, Betty cherished her time playing Bridge every week with her Bridge group. No matter how many birthdays passed, she still referred to them as “the girls”. She also thoroughly enjoyed spending a week with them at the beach every summer for many years.
After retirement, Betty mostly enjoyed spending time at home with Bob, their Yorkies, and rescued cats, watching the Eagles and their favorite TV shows. In her last years, Betty especially enjoyed the company of her furry guardian, Peg, the cat that slept on her pillow with her every night.
Betty is survived by her children, Mark D. Pierson (Lenna) of Landenberg, PA and Lesa R. Simpson (Kirk) of Oxford, PA; her grandchildren (who lovingly called her Mommom), Heather Murphy (Sean) and M. David Pierson II (Monica), all of Oxford, PA; her great grandchildren (who always brought a huge smile to her face), Malcolm and Marcus Pierson and Hope Murphy. She is also survived by many wonderful nieces and nephews.
The family gives their heartfelt gratitude to Betty’s Hospice Team, who surrounded her with the best, most caring people for her last month and a half.
A visitation will be held on Sunday, November 19, 2023 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm with the memorial service starting at 3:30 pm at the Presbyterian Church of Kennett Square, 211 S Broad St, Kennett Square, PA 19348.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the Presbyterian Church of
Kennett Square (PCKS), Church Office, 213 S Broad St, Kennett Square, PA 19348. Checks can be
made payable to PCKS with ‘In Memory of Betty Pierson’ in the memo section.
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