Elizabeth W. Pierson, teacher, homemaker


Elizabeth W. Pierson, a homemaker who earlier in her life had been an educator, died Monday of complications from Alzheimer's disease at William Hill Manor in Easton. The former longtime Roland Park resident was 87.

Elizabeth Ives Wilcox was born in Baltimore and raised on Southway in Guilford. She was a graduate of Girls' Latin School.

After earning a bachelor's degree in the history of art from Goucher College in 1942, Mrs. Pierson taught school for several years at St. Leo Parochial School in Little Italy and at the Chimes School in Mount Washington.

She was married in 1945 to John A. Pierson, a World War II Navy bomber pilot.

The couple lived in Roland Park for more than 40 years before moving to Easton in 1988. Mr. Pierson, a Rouse Co. executive, died in 2001.

Mrs. Pierson, who had served on the Goucher College Alumnae Board, had been a member of the Junior League's Brighter Morning Club, Young Audiences, National Society of Colonial Dames in Maryland and the Woodland Garden Club.

She was also a member of the Gibson Island Club and the Harbor Club of the Eastern Shore.

She had been an active member for many years of Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Pierson was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing bridge and maintaining a correspondence with family and friends.

Services were held yesterday in Easton.

Surviving are a son, John B. Pierson of Baltimore; two daughters, Elizabeth P. "Liz" Freedlander of Easton and Ann A. Pierson of Annapolis; a sister, Joan Creighton of Baltimore; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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