Melba Leah Atwood Pierce

October 12, 1923 — April 24, 2016

Melba Leah Atwood Pierce

Melba Leah Atwood Pierce passed away April 24, 2016. She was born October 12, 1923 to Alonzo Joseph and Hazel Winnie Robbins Atwood. She was the third child of ten children. She married Rex Brandon Pierce on December 23, 1940 in Vernal, Utah. Sealed on April 22, 1999, together they had five children Darlene (Glade) Holmes, Connie (Kenneth) Holmes, Billy (Yoon), Wayne (Dove), & Blaine all of Vernal, 51 grandchildren and 45 great-grandchildren, 4 great great-grandchildren. She was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a member of the DUP, she was instrumental and helped in restoration of the first Ashley Valley Post Office. Melba was a friend to everyone she ever met, taking countless meals and visiting those in need. She is survived by her children, Darlene, Connie and Blaine; daughters-in-law, Yoon Preece of Vernal and Dovie Pierce of California; siblings, Wanda Lopez, Blaine Atwood of Vernal, Tommy Atwood of Phoenix. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Rex B Pierce, and Jack Powell; sons, Billy and Wayne Pierce and great grandson, Nolan Pierce; siblings, Melvin (Caps) Atwood, Stella Boren, Venus Workman, Olen Heddleson, Madge Briese, and Willie Clyde Atwood. Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 11:00 AM at the Uintah Stake Center (4080 South 2500 East). A viewing for Family and friends will be Thursday evening from 6-8 at the Blackburn Vernal Mortuary and at the Chapel one hour prior to the services. Burial will be in the Vernal Memorial Park. A special thanks to all her friends and family, The Collett family, the Maeser Beehive Center staff and Hospice care givers, under the direction of the Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.
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