Lessie Jewell Pierce, 92

Lessie Jewell Pierce, 92 of Gainesville, Missouri went Home to be with her Heavenly Father and her Lord Jesus Christ on March 13, 2019 at the Gainesville Healthcare Center. 

 She was a devout member of the Gainesville Church of Christ and was extremely proud of the fact she joined the church while it met over the Amyx Garage during its formation. She was born on October 9, 1926 at Kennett, Missouri.   

 Lessie never had an easy life, however she thanked God for being so good to her. She picked cotton as a child, helped raise her siblings, was widowed at the age of nineteen, worked on a farm, babysat for many children which was her passion, served the citizens of Ozark County by answering phone and radio calls while cooking for “the guys in jail” while her husband served as sheriff. When asked what she fixed for them she’d say, “Well, they ate what we ate.” She opened her heart and home long before there were any services for foster children, battered women and families, those returning from prison without homes or family to return to. She fed their bodies and souls alike. She was a quiet, kind unassuming soul. She retired from Baxter Lab. 

 She adored her family and friends and was cherished by them as well. She enjoyed keeping a clean house, gardening, canning, cooking, quilting and countless other things that make a house a home. Lessie liked attending bluegrass festivals and especially enjoyed going to country music concerts. She always found time to visit the sick and elderly. She was kind, quiet, humble and easily embarrassed by praise.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Onis and Drucilla Robbins, her twin brother Leslie Robbins, brother Herbert Robbins, sisters, Christine Grisham, and Fern Hambelton and daughter in law Denise Hambelton, as well as husbands Ted Hambelton and Herman Pierce.

 Survivors include: Ronnie Hambelton of Gainesville and his daughters Sarah and Kayla, Sid Pierce and wife Brenda of Kimberling City, Missouri and his daughter Brooke, and Beth Baker and husband Bart of Kiowa, Colorado, along with their son Hobey and daughters Asherlee and Ashley; she loved her nine great-grand-children.  

 Funeral services were held at the Gainesville Church of Christ with visitation at 1pm and services at 2pm on Monday, March 18, 2019 with burial at the Patrick Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Patrick Cemetery Fund or Hospice Compasses of Mountain Grove.  

 The family would like to extend a sincere expression of thankfulness to the staff at the Gainesville Health Care Center for the care and compassion they provided. We love our Aunts and Uncle who spent countless hours supporting us while caring for our mom in her final days. We love Mary Lou Snelson, Bob and Peggy Robbins as well as so many others who sustained us physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, MO. 

This paid obituary is published as submitted by family.

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