Feb. 6, 1922-June 16, 2022
Virginia Lou ‘Gingie’ Trieschmann Pierson, 100, died Thursday, June 16, 2022.
Born Feb. 6, 1922, in Little Rock, Ark., to John Werner and Cora Watson Trieschmann, Gingie graduated from Little Rock Central High School and attended Hendrix College in Conway, Ark. She met the love of her life, Ed Pierson, in Little Rock in 1942, when Ed was a soldier stationed with the U.S. Army at Camp Robinson. They were married March 6, 1943, in Little Rock. When Ed returned from his tour in France during World War II, they moved to Ed’s hometown of Natchitoches, which has been her hometown since 1945.
“Gingie,” as she is known by all her friends, is survived by her children, Mary Lou Pierson Brown (Phil) of Natchitoches, J. E. “Jay” Pierson Jr. (Connie) of Shreveport, Patsy Pierson McAlpine (Roddy) of Kingwood, Texas; daughter-in-law, Michele Loe Pierson of Shreveport. She is “Mamoo” to her grandchildren, Phillip Brown (Ann) Prince Frederick, MD, Juliana Sheffield of Natchitoches, Jason Pierson (Shelby) of Katy, Texas, Tim Brown (Jessica) of Covington, Ed Pierson (Anne) of Duluth, Ga., Ronald Pierson (Shelley) of Madisonville, Greg Pierson (Angela) of Baton Rouge, Ashley Shevchek (James) of Humble, Texas, Whitney Barker (Will) of Kingwood, Texas, Adam McAlpine (Audrey) of Kingwood; 25 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; sister-in-law, Margaret Barnes Pierson of Natchitoches; and she is “Aunt Gingie” to her many special nieces and nephews.
A truly gracious southern lady, Gingie has served Natchitoches in many ways. She was a Charter Member of the Natchitoches/Northwestern Symphony Board, past president of Natchitoches Service League, Board of Directors member for Association for Preservation of Natchitoches, member of Natchitoches Historical Foundation, past president of M.R. Weaver Elementary PTA and member of Geronimo Book Club. She was a member of First United Methodist Church since 1945, where she taught Sunday School, and was the founding teacher of the FUMC Nursery School/Kindergarten. She taught there for 26 years, many of those with her dear friend, Charlsie Coker. She loved to point out all the children who went through her kindergarten over the years. Of great importance to Gingie were her years in the P.E.O. sisterhood, which assists women with their education pursuits. She was a member of Chapter I, and then a charter member of Chapter AP, where she served as president. Having been a member of P.E.O. for 75 years, she was the longest-term member in Natchitoches. After beginning her higher education at Hendrix College in Arkansas, she completed her education (B.S. in Education) at Northwestern State College in 1957.
Preceding her in death were husband, J. Edgerton “Ed” Pierson; son, James Werner “Jim” Pierson; half-brother, John Werner Trieschmann III; brother, the Rev. Robert Watson Trieschmann; sister, Mary Helen Trieschmann Henry; parents, John Werner and Cora York Watson Trieschmann; brothers-in-law, Henry Pierson, Milling Pierson and Joe Pierson Sr.; mother and father-in-law, Ruth Williams Pierson and G.H. “Doc” Pierson; and grandson-in-law, Ron Sheffield.
A service to celebrate Gingie’s life will take place Saturday, June 25 at 1 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Natchitoches, with the Rev. Gary Willis officiating. Visitation will be at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary.
Burial will be in the American Cemetery beside her beloved husband, Ed.
Honored to be her pallbearers are her grandsons, Phillip Brown, Jason Pierson, Ronald Pierson, Tim Brown, Ed Pierson, Greg Pierson and Adam McAlpine.
Her favorite phrase was: “My family is my legacy.”
The family wishes to express sincere thanks to Dr. Cissy Picou and Dr. Mary Long for their special care and attention, Hospice of Natchitoches for their continuous care, and appreciation especially to her devoted caregivers who helped make her life so much more comfortable during the past few years; Debra, Dynasty, Angie, Amie, Donna, Ruby and Joanne.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to First United Methodist Church, 220 Rue Amulet, Natchitoches, LA 71457; the Methodist Children’s Home, 904 DeVille, Ruston, LA 71270; the Ed and Virginia Pierson Scholarship at NSU Foundation, Natchitoches 71497; or the charity of choice.