Anita Lou Pierce

November 4, 2022

Anita Lou Pierce, 85, of Lafayette, IN, died November 4th 2022 in the comfort of her home surrounded by family. She was born on August 13th, 1937 in Frankfort IN to Fay and Mildred (Woods)Thompson. Anita was a 1955 graduate of Frankfort High School.

In 1960 she married Gorman Pierce and moved to Lafayette IN where she has two children, Tari and Doug Pierce.

She excelled in and enjoyed her 28-year career in optical sales, and was consistently awarded top seller in her company. Her achievements granted her the opportunity to travel all across the world, including one of her favorite trips to Paris and other European countries. Her career also blessed her with many life-long friends who meant the world to her.

One of her greatest joys in life was her granddaughters, Hailey Pierce of Zionsville IN, and Alexa and Makayla Pierce of Lafayette IN. She was also blessed to have spent 6 years with her great-grandson, Jaxson Pierce Pontecorvo, who always brought joy to her heart.

After she retired, she enjoyed her many passions, including volunteering, Tai-Chi, gardening and keeping her yard pristine, playing card games including hand-and-foot with her friends, baking and cooking, visiting wineries, traveling, spending quality time with her granddaughters and great-grandson, and being the crazy cat lady of the neighborhood.

Visitation and Services

A memorial gathering will take place on Sunday, November 13, 2022 from 2-4 p.m. at Soller-Baker Funeral Home, 400 Twyckenham Blvd., Lafayette, IN 47909. Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association or the American Cancer Society.

Survived by:

Anita was the heart-and-soul of her family and will be dearly missed by her younger brother, Bill Thompson, of Frankfort, Ind., her two children, Tari and Doug Pierce, both of Lafayette, her three granddaughters, Hailey, Alexa, and Makayla, and her great-grandson Jaxson Pierce Pontecorvo.

Preceded by:

her parents, older brother, Gene Thompson, older sister, Mary Underhill, and sister-in-law, Jo Thompson.


Leave your Condolences

6 Condolences for “Anita Lou Pierce”

  1. Connie S. Skaggs November 7, 2022 at 3:48 pm

    Tari and Doug and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. She was my sister Shirley Skaggs Renfro’s lifelong friend. She was always there for her throughout life. She was always a kind and loving person and always thoughtful of others. You are all in my prayers.

    • Tari November 14, 2022 at 8:16 am

      Thank you Connie!
      I remember mom’s close relationship with your sister. Hopefully they have reunited and picked up right where they left off.

  2. Lisa Halsema November 9, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    I used to work at the Debonair in Lafayette where Anita’s best friend Leeta Maxy-Myers owned, so Anita would drop by often just to chat, or get here hair done, she was a very classy woman always dressed for success and had her appearance put together. She was very kind and spoke to all the employees like they were her family and customers as well. After the salon closed and Leeta passed away I would see Anita at Walmart stocking bread and she always remembered me and spoke to me like no time had passed. Prayers to the family and May Peace be with you all.

    • Tari November 14, 2022 at 8:23 am

      Thank you so much Lisa for sharing!!
      It’s always so special to keep hearing how kind, caring and loving mom was through her life. Mom always felt a hole after Leeta’s passing and never stopped missing her so her employees were always an extension of that relationship and she sincerely cared for all of you.
      Thank you again for sharing mom with all.

  3. Mike Thompson November 12, 2022 at 7:24 am

    Rest in Peace Aunt Anita. Thank you for the love and messages over the years. I know Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt Mary and Dad are with you now. Love you!

  4. Thomas Phillips November 12, 2022 at 7:47 am

    Anita worked for us at L’amy for over 20 years, She was always a consummate professional, a top performer and most importantly a terrific person. The relationships she built and maintained with her accounts was unmatched by anyone in the company. Anita was highly respected in the Optical Industry. Our heartfelt condolences go out to her family.

    Tom Phillips
    National Sales Director L’amy – Retired

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