On a beautiful sunny morning after the winter snows had ceased, Elaine M. Peirce, 94, passed from this world to the next peacefully from causes incident to age on 22 February 2019 in Logan, Utah. She was born 30 September 1924 in Springville, the eldest daughter of Floyd and Adelia Kindred McPherson. She lived in Springville and Provo, was educated in Springville schools, and loved the city of her birth throughout her life. She met, courted, and married Robert W. Peirce on 16 July 1943 in Corvallis, Oregon, as Bob was preparing for military service in Europe. The marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple on 25 June 1952.
Together they raised a family who now rises to call her blessed, and taught them to work, to be faithful, and to be grateful for the blessings they receive. She was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in Young Women, Primary, and Family History callings. She was a true friend to many in Springville who knew her from working in retail shops downtown and at several dental offices.
Elaine and Bob adopted the maddening game of golf and spent many wonderful days strolling in the beauty of manicured lawns and woodlands. When Bob passed in 1974, she continued to live and work in Springville, keeping her meticulous yard filled with beautiful flowers and well-trimmed hedges, and enjoyed a round of golf with family members. Her home was immaculate and nothing was ever out of place. Having learned from her mother and mother-in-law, her cooking was legendary and dinner with Elaine was always a treat.
In 1989, she moved to Logan and began wonderful associations with newly met friends, but always kept in touch with friends in Springville. She was promised to let peace, love, and harmony abound in her home and be loving, kind, and understanding, and by so doing she would have the constant companionship of the Spirit and no blessing would be withheld. Her doors were always open, as was her heart, and she was loved in return. She was quick witted, happy, loved to laugh and play cards, joyful, and a bit mischievous, which was a blessing to our lives. She was active in the local chapter of the DUP and loved a good book.
She was a member of the Fifth Ward in Logan and in 1992 was called to serve a mission in Bristol, England, which she fulfilled with honor and integrity, becoming an example of devotion to the Lord to her grandchildren. Her service was exemplary and her reach extended to all. She never slowed down and after her return home in 1993, she cared for her yard as well as the lawns and flowerbeds of the little neighborhood where she lived. She loved entertaining in the warmth and beauty of her backyard which was carefully tended and well managed. She always had a ‘job’ for a visitor to accomplish but the reward was being able to spend some time with her. She was interested in people and doted upon her family, especially the little ones who knew her as Grams or Grandma the Great. Slowed by age, her mind was sharp and lucid, she had her opinions and an uncanny intuition about people and character, but conversations were always pleasant.
Elaine is survived by a sister, LaRae Gluch, of Meridian, Idaho, two sons and a daughter, Gary (LaRene) Peirce (Midway), Diane Robbins (Logan), and Russ (Aloha) Peirce (Kaysville), fourteen grandchildren, and 39 great grandchildren who all adore her and will miss her kindness and affection. She was preceded by and now joins her husband, parents, a sister (LuAnn Witt), a precious daughter-in-law (Judy Peirce), a special son-in-law (Gordon Robbins), and two great-grandsons (McKay Peirce and Jaxon Fonnesbeck).
Friends may call Friday evening, 1 March, from 5:00 to 7:00 at Allen-Hall Mortuary (34 East Center), in Logan as we celebrate her life and gracious influence.
A graveside service will be held Saturday, 2 March, at noon at the Springville Evergreen Cemetery where she will join those she loved who have gone before. A family reminiscence and celebration of life will be open to friends and visitors at the LDS Church building at 2575 Dalton Drive in Springville after the interment.
We express our thanks to those who cared for Elaine over the past year and allowed the family to enjoy spending time with her and bringing peace to our minds and hearts. Mom was a blessing to all of us; we will miss her but we are confident in the promises of the Lord and rejoice in knowing we will see her once again.