Aleita June Manson Pierce

| May 19, 2018

Aleita June Manson Pierce (“Lee”), age 89, died peacefully on March 20, 2018, at her home in Aurora, Colorado, surrounded by family.

Lee is preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Ed Pierce. She is survived by four children (Lynn Whitlock, Nancy Reid, Edward M. Pierce, Jr., and Katherine Schlimm), nine grandchildren (David Reid, Catherine Reid, Claire Schlimm, Robin Schlimm, Juliet Schlimm, Sean Whitlock, Ryan Whitlock, Shannon Pierce and Billy Pierce), one great-grandchild (Penny Mae Reid), her faithful and loving brother, Richard Manson, with whom she reportedly never had a cross word, and many nieces, nephews, in-laws, and friends, whom she loved dearly.

Condolences can be sent to the family in care of Nancy Pierce Reid, 3140 S Evanston Way, Aurora, CO 80014. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to your favorite charity in memory of Lee.

Lee was born on Valentine’s Day in the year 1929, in Oil City, Pennsylvania, to her parents, the late Herbert Manson (“Beanie”), and Hortense Peterson Manson. She grew up in Franklin, PA. Lee graduated from State Teacher’s College in Indiana, PA, where she met Ed on a blind date. Ed was a West Point graduate, and Army officer. They married, and Lee served our country as an Army wife. She and Ed moved frequently, sometimes every year, serving the country at domestic and foreign Army bases. The had four children in ten years, which kept Lee busy. Ed was stationed at the Pentagon in 1968, and they remained in Northern Virginia even after Ed retired in 1976. Ed and Lee ultimately moved from Alexandria, Virginia, to Davie, Florida, in 1990, where they lived for 25 years. Ed and Lee moved to Colorado in August, 2015, to be closer to family.

Lee was dedicated to her family, and will be greatly missed by those who love her so much. Lee will be laid to rest with Ed at Arlington National Ceremony at a time that will be decided at a later date.


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