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Pierce, Athel Ardis Dahlgren


Athel Ardis Dahlgren Pierce, of Canton, Texas, was born on September 14, 1933.  She entered the portals of Glory on October 1, 2021, at the age of 88 years, 17 days.

Athel was retired from Southwestern Bell Yellow Pages, but her talents were many.  She was a Sunday school teacher for many years, fostered 72 babies and young children, in addition to being a wonderful mom and grandmother.  She loved to garden, create beautiful quilts, work puzzles and made pillowcases for many a proud recipient.  She had a good ear for listening and fiercely loved her family and friends.

Athel is survived by her children, Gregory Pierce and wife Shelia of Hurst, Sarah Frazier and husband Donald of Dallas, and Stuart Pierce and wife Karla of Wills Point.  grandchildren, Christe Speir, Brett Pierce and wife Joanie, John Lanier, and wife Laura, Rianna Brite and husband Bobby, Jody Lanier, and Steve Pierce and wife Natalie.  great grandchildren, Aaron Gregory and wife Alexis, Victoria Medina and husband Christian, Skyler Brite, Joshua Gregory and wife Yasmin, Jacob Gregory, Maggie Brite, Darren Pierce, Riley Pierce, Zachary Pierce, Lee Pierce, Kyle Pierce, Jeremy Pierce, Layne Pierce, and Heidi Pierce; great-great grandchildren Bentley, Waylon and Kaysen Gregory; sibling, brother-in-law, Bob Carney and many nieces and nephews.

Athel is preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, Lee V. W. Pierce, parents Worth and Della (Hood) Dahlgren, sister Ruth Carney, grandson Stuart Riley Pierce and great grandson Yancey Sebastian Speir.

The visitation and viewing will be on Thursday, October 7, 2021, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Tyler Gospel Chapel, 10195 Hwy 31 E, Tyler, Texas 75705.  The Celebration of Life Service will begin at 1:00 pm with interment following at 3:30 pm at the Langley Cemetery, E FM 124 in Beckville, Texas.  If attending, please wear masks and practice reasonable social distancing.

“What shall I render unto the Lord for all His benefits toward me?  I will take the cup of salvation and call upon the Name of the Lord.  I will pay my vows unto the Lord now in the presence of all His people.  Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.”  Psalm 116:12-16

    Debra Session
    13 Oct 2022

    This is truly a hard pill to swallow but I know in my heart that you will always be with me. I would truly miss your infectious laugh and giggling at me just know you were truly loved rest in heaven.

    Mike and Claudia Givens
    13 Oct 2022

    Lee and Athel were longtime friends of my Dad and Mom and our family. My sister and I have always called Sarah our “other sister”. Athel was a lovely, gentle, kind and thoughtful lady…full of God given talents. Athel and Mom were close and shared so many interests. She changed my Mom’s life at 61 years by convincing her she too could go to work for SW Bell Telecom, but first and always they were Christian friends. Two lovely ladies who loved to sing and laugh and loved their families beyond measure. I went through the Death of my Dad and brother in 1994, my Mom in 2013, and my sister in 2021. I know the pain of loss, but the peace of their transformation from this life to a heavenly life. I am so thankful that Athel’s loved ones can all share in that peace and knowledge though they will miss her so much. She is home with Lee and her Lord and is healed from this earth’s affliction. God bless Sarah and Don, and the entire Pierce Family. We are so sorry for you loss. We will keep you all in our prayers, and we love you all. Mike and Claudia Givens and family

    Marie York
    13 Oct 2022

    I Loved how every year you called me to sing Happy Birthday to me. I miss you already and Love you very much.

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Dear John,

It was such a nice pleasure to meet you, and what you had planned for my father just took my breath away. It was so special to hear you tell us how he would just come over to talk with you. I think it brought him much comfort. Tha you for putting that Air Force article of him on your website. I am going to have a replica made of the painting of his plane to give you.

Thank you again for all you have done to honor our dad.

Love, The Gillilands


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