Mary Lou Pierce

Mary Lou Pierce, 60, Lawrence, passed away Saturday, April 5, 2014, after her fight with cancer.  She was born in Lawrence on Oct. 16, 1953, to Frank and Lazara Romero. In 1971, Mary Lou married Kerry Pierce, and together they raised their son Kevin and daughter Amanda.  Since 1988, Mary Lou owned and operated Pierce Day Care, where she touched the lives of countless children and their families.

She is survived by her husband Kerry, her parents, Frank and Lazara, and her children, Kevin, Amanda, and son-in-law Tom de Man. She is also survived by her siblings Anna & Eric Dawson, Diana Romero, Mark & Lori Romero, and Amy & Gabriel Chavez.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Mary Lou Pierce Memorial Fund, in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.  A private memorial service will be held at the funeral home.

Messages & Condolences

From Karla Wallace...

My condolences to Mary Lou’s family. I worked with Mary Lou at the School of Business. She was a very nice and caring person. My thoughts and prayers are with you. – Karla

From Gloria Ramirez Riley...

Madrina, Padrino, and family,
I am so so sorry for the loss of your daughter, sister, wife, and mother. There are so many children she touched as there daycare provider. I know she is in heaven and God has given her the chance to come home and take care of his children. May you all find comfort in knowing she is in good hands and Gods loving areas. No more pain for her. Love you all.

From Lisa Zwiener...

Mary Lou participated in the Food Program at DCCDA for many years. She was very nice and we enjoyed working with her. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all.


From Tammy Barta...

When our daycare provider had to quit unexpectedly, we were desperate to find someone for our son, but were very nervous about finding someone from the paper. After interviewing with Mary Lou, we knew this was the place he should be. Mary Lou was an angel and Timothy adores her to this day. I truly believe his love for the Spanish language came from her and he continued taking classes through high school and still loves to speak Spanish today. That was you, Mary Lou, making a lasting impact on our son and in so many other ways – he has such fond memories of his daycare years. As Jon and I usually see Mary Lou and Kerry at Walmart getting groceries, I was absolutely shocked when Jill contacted me. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Mary Lou was a wonderful person and will truly be missed by everyone she touched.

Jon, Tammy, Timothy & Tia Barta

From Jill Lavin...

So very sorry for your loss. Mary Lou was my daycare provider for my oldest son who just turned 23. She was an amazing women who taught him a lot and he always had fun at her house. It was nice to feel comfortable with the person who was watching and teaching your child. You all will be in my prayers!!! Jill


To Kerry, Lazara, Frank and Family, our thoughts and our prayers our with you all…May Mary Lou rest in peace….Mike Hadl

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