Ruth M. Pierson passed peacefully on Oct. 9, 2019, at Scripps Hospital, Chula Vista at age 98. She was a 67-year resident of San Diego, 17 years in Coronado and 50 in Bonita.
She was born in Colfax, Washington to Fred and Clarisse Marler, and was one of five siblings. Educated at St. John’s Academy, Washington State University (WSU) where she was an Alpha Chi Omega, a Spur, and soprano in the WSU Operatic Quartet. She graduated from Eastern Washington University with a degree in Education. Ruth met and married Leo R. Pierson, a naval aviator. Ruth taught 23 years in Imperial Beach, most of them as a sixth grade teacher at Harbor View Elementary.
Her passions were her family and her love of music. Her great love of music led to season tickets to the S.D.Opera and Guild (40years), S.D. Symphony, Lambs’s Players Theatre, S.D. Pops, and Lyric Opera.
Celebrating the holidays with her family was the highlight of her year with a Christmas tree filled with ornaments made by her students. She was an accomplished seamstress, upholsterer, drapery maker, afghan knitter (one for each member of her family) and story teller. Who can forget the wood and coal stove she cooked on in Fallon, Nevada during World War II?
Surviving Ruth are her daughter, Catherine, and her son, Leo, Jr. (Snapper); her four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and her youngest brother, Martin Marler of Colfax, Washington.
Ruth was greatly blessed in her final years by caregivers Gia, Briza, Blanca, Maria and Corina.
Services will be held at 10am on Saturday, Dec. 21 at Corpus Christi Church, 450 Corral Canyon Rd, Bonita.