Ruth LaVon Pierson

December 15, 2009

By Contributor

Ruth LaVon Pierson, of Issaquah, died Nov. 21, 2009, surrounded by family. She was 82.

Ruth Pierson

Ruth Pierson

Services will be at 2 p.m. Dec. 27 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 3030 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue.

LaVon was born June 7, 1927, in Davenport, Iowa, to Conrad and Ruth Johnson. She lived her early years in South Dakota, in Stockholm and Watertown. She graduated from Watertown High School in 1945 and Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., in 1949.

She married Paul Branstad Pierson on July 16, 1950. They lived in Germany and Minnesota prior to Paul’s first call as a pastor in Lead, S.D. In 1959, they moved to Bellevue when Paul was called to serve as pastor at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church.

LaVon has been an active member of St. Luke’s for the past 50 years. LaVon taught piano and guitar for 17 years and was a member of the Washington Music Teachers Association. She shared her talents as both organist and pianist for the churches they served. She is also a lifetime member of the American Association of University Women.

LaVon leaves behind many friends. She had a gift of graciousness, a generosity of spirit and a deep faith. LaVon had the ability to connect and appreciate anyone she met, via church, community, travels, support of the arts and charities, and in her day-to-day interactions.

One of her favorite quotes was, “Forgive everything, remember the best,” by Gerhard Frost.

LaVon is survived by three of her children and their spouses: Gerhard and Valerie Pierson, of Powell, Wyo., Kristine (Pierson) and Ken Matthews, of Puyallup, and John and Gaye Pierson, of Connell, Wash. She has seven grandchildren. She also leaves behind two great-grandsons.

She was preceded in death by her husband Pastor Paul B. Pierson, son Paul Conrad Pierson, and daughter Ann LaVonne Pierson.

LaVon requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to St. Luke’s.

Arrangements are entrusted to Sunset Hills Funeral Home, Bellevue, 746-1400.

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