From our October 26, 2000 edition.


Funeral services for Mary B. Pierce were held at 9:15 a.m. on Friday, October 13, 2000, at Southside Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mario Ramos, officiating.  Interment was held at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery under the direction of Southside Funeral Home in San Antonio.

Mrs. Pierce died on Saturday, October 7, 2000.  She was born April 2, 1913, in Gainesville, Texas.

Mrs. Pierce was the youngest of three brothers and two sisters.  She lived in Donley County where she met and married Guy S. Pierce, the Sheriff of Clarendon.  At the age of 17, Mary B. Pierce was the youngest jailer in the United States.  During their 10-year tenure as Sheriff, there were several occasions when Mrs. Pierce was instrumental in capturing runaway criminals.  During Mr. Pierce’s term, both children, Joy and Coy, were born in the jailhouse at the city square.  After the war the Pierces settled in Devine, Texas, where they operated a family lumber business.  Their move to San Antonio was in 1944.  Mrs. Pierce was active as a homemaker and was in retail sales.  Later she became a Real Estate Representative and spent her career working for Henley Realty.  Mrs. Pierce was active in South  San Baptist Church for the past ten years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Guy, and daughter, Joy. 

Survivors include her son, Coy and wife Mary; granddaughter, Sheri Maki and her husband Mark Maki; great grandchildren, Kerrin, Oriana, and Barrett Maki, all of whom live on the central coast of California; nephew, John Pierce and wife Evelyn of Boerne; and a host of family and friends from San Antonio and Clarendon.

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