The Woodward News

April 22, 2013

Cockie Pierce Peoples

Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — Cokie Pierce-Peoples 83 year old Woodward resident died Thursday April 18, 2013. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am on Monday April 22, 2013 at Crown Heights Baptist Church with Reverend Steve Bearden officiating. Interment will follow in Elmwood Cemetery with the Billings Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Visitation will be held on Sunday April 21, 2013 from 12:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the funeral home.

Velma Ruth "Cokie" (Benson) Pierce-Peoples was born on September 19, 1929 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma the daughter of Lloyd Cecil and Helen Ruth (Manning) Benson. Cokie spent most of her childhood in Oklahoma City. In 1944 she and her family moved to Long Beach, CA but returned to Oklahoma City in 1945. Cokie graduated from Capital Hill High School with the Class of 1947. Cokie was united in marriage to Leslie Calvin Pierce in Oklahoma City on January 24, 1947. Cokie and L.C. were blessed with four sons. In the fall of 1976 Cokie and L.C. made their home in Woodward.

Cokie enjoyed crocheting and knitting, baking wedding cakes, playing bingo and reading her Bible. She was active in the Woodward Senior Center. She loved to spend time with her family, and especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

While in Oklahoma City she was a member of Brookline Baptist Church and Bible Baptist in Edmond. Upon moving to Woodward she became a member of Crown Heights Baptist Church, where she was an active member and devoted much of her time.

Cokie is survived by her son’s, Jack Pierce and wife Pam; Ron Pierce all of Woodward; Terry Pierce of Enid; three grandchildren, Steve Pierce and wife Carlee of Stephenville, TX; Jacklyn Pierce of Duncan; and Dillon Pierce of North Dakota; three great-grandchildren, Kale Pierce, Makala Pierce, and Jacy Pierce; one brother, Leon Benson and wife Myrna of Santa Clara, CA; several other family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, L.C. Pierce, and Estel Peoples, son, Dale Pierce, grandson, Shane Pierce, sisters, Neva Salinas, Eva Raymond, and one brother, Kenneth Benson.

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