Fran Pierce, 78

Fran Pierce, 78, of Columbia City, died at 4:15 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010 at her home.She was born March 21, 1932 in Arkansas, a daughter of John and Clemmie (Lumpkin) Petty. As a young girl, her family moved to Pendleton, Ind. She graduated from Pendleton High School.On May 15, 1952 she was united in marriage to Norman N. Pierce. They made their home in Columbia City. Mr. Pierce died March 26, 1988.She was employed in the guidance and business offices of Columbia City Joint High School, as well as the gift department of Keltsch Pharmacy and later Dorothy’s Hallmark.Her church of membership was Oak Grove Church of God. She was a member of the Beta Upsilon Chapter of Delta Theta Tau for over 40 years holding many offices and served as Beta Province Chairman.Surviving relatives include two daughters, Nancy Buss of Indianapolis and Sandi (Ron) Wasson of Columbia City; four grandchildren, Kerrie Peck, Tim Buss, Ron K. Wasson Jr. and Brie Wasson; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister, Roxie Bingaman of Pendleton.In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, John Petty, Monroe Petty and Mart Petty; and a sister, Virginia Wiggins.The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. The burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery. The visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.A Delt Service will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.Preferred memorials are to Oak Grove Church of God or Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home.Condolences may be sent to