Life Story / Obituary


Juanita May Nickerson Pierce

Juanita gained her heavenly wings on Sunday, April 23, 2023, in the loving care of her family.

She entered this world on Christmas Day 1930, a true gift to her parents Revella (Lalone) and Edwin Nickerson.

Juanita graduated from Kingsley High School. She was proud to be a member of the National Cherry Festival Queen’s Court and told her sons of how she traveled as a youth to Washington D.C. where she met the President.

While at a local social dance, Juanita met Marshall Pierce who she would marry in 1949. They had two beloved sons together, Gary and Michael, whom she was very proud of.

Juanita wore many hats during her lifetime. She worked at the counter at Kresge’s 5&10 on Front Street, as a secretary for Comstock Park Middle School in Grand Rapids, at Consumers Power and Osteopathic Hospital in Traverse City. Her most successful career was as a realtor. She sold many homes for Century 21 Northland and Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors. She was a top seller for many years. Juanita also volunteered her time at the Traverse City Visitor Center.

Left to share loving memories are her two sons Gary (Terri) Pierce and Michael (Sharon) Pierce. Her seven grandchildren; Nikki Sue, Shasta, Justin, Chellsie (Johnathan), Kirstin (Corey), Cale and Jessica (Nick) will miss her cookies, oatmeal pancakes and sitting with her on the porch swing. She was blessed with nine great-grandchildren Takanna, John Jr., Trinity, Cameron, Emmett, Joshua, Matthew, Xavier and Josh will miss her dearly, as well as many nephews and nieces.

Juanita is also survived by her sister Linda (Ross) Williams and her special friend, Bob Farrell, who loved and cared for her for over 30 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Amos and Andy Nickerson, sisters Donna Weber and Dorothy Biegler, and her boy’s father, Marshall Pierce.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Life Story Funeral Home located at 400 Hammond Road on Saturday, May 6th at 1pm. The family will hold a visitation starting at noon.

Memorials can be made in her name to the charity of one’s choice. You can also celebrate Juanita by spending time with family and friends over a cup of coffee.

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