Betty Pearce

Sunday, November 11, 2012

SIKESTON -- Betty Lou Cockman Pearce, 90, died at 3:58 a.m. Nov. 9, 2012, at the Clearview Nursing Center in Sikeston after a brief illness.

Born Oct.14, 1922, in the Millar community near East Prairie, the daughter of the late Clarence James and Fannie Breeding Fugate, she graduated from East Prairie High School in 1940. Before retirement, she worked for Brown Shoe in Charleston and J.C. Penney in Sikeston. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Morehouse.

On July 18, 1941, she married John Cockman who preceded her in death April 7, 1986.

In addition to her first husband, she was also preceded in death by four brothers and four sisters.

Survivors include: her husband, Devern "Dink" Pearce of Sikeston; and four nephews, Eldred Miner of Boulder, Colo., Dwight Fugate of Benton, La., Mike Fugate of Hot Springs, Ark., and Steve Fugate of Arlington, Texas.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Memorial Park Cemetery in Sikeston. The Rev. Randy Conn, pastor of First Baptist Church in Morehouse, will officiate.

The Ponder Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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