Margaret Pierson

Margaret Pierson


November 7, 1934 - February 19, 2023


Margaret Pierson, 88, of Mitchell, SD, died Sunday, February 19, 2023, at Edgewood Assisted Living under hospice care in Mitchell. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 AM Saturday, February 25, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell. Burial will be at Hillcrest Cemetery in Ethan. Visitation will be Friday from 4-6:00 PM at Holy Family with a 5:30 PM prayer service. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

A live stream of the funeral service can be viewed at:

Margaret Johanna (Sibson) Pierson was born Nov. 7, 1934, to Limbert and Johanna (Rankin) Sibson, on the family farm near Artesian. Margaret attended grade school in Artesian and graduated from Notre Dame High School, Mitchell, in 1952 before attending Nettleton Business School in Sioux Falls.

On Nov. 24, 1952, she married William “Bill” Pierson at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell. Margaret worked as a secretary for an architect until March 1953, when she and Bill committed their lives to their crops, cattle, and children on his family farm east of Ethan. While Bill tended the farm, Margaret kept the home in order, and even in her final hours of hospice care, she instructed her children to “get things tidied up so we can go.” The Pierson home, whether that be in Ethan, Mitchell, Arizona, or the camper, was always open and ready for company, and she always had time for a couple of hands of Pinochle. Since 2012, Margaret has missed her lifetime dance partner, who loved to take her out for a night of square or ballroom dancing.

Margaret’s faith and family were her greatest treasures. She was an active member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and its Altar Society in Ethan. She sang in the church choir and taught CCD. Margaret was delighted that all seven of her children continue to be active in their Catholic parishes. In recent years, as her family grew larger and more widespread, Margaret embraced Facebook and often said their adventures were “good to see.”

She enjoyed traveling – especially when those travels led her to a new church or to see family. Together, Bill and Margaret enjoyed nearly 30 winters in Arizona and traveled much of the year, exploring places such as France, Germany, Canada, Alaska and Hawaii. Margaret continued to winter in Arizona and travel following Bill’s death, and in 2014, she attended Pope Francis’s first Midnight Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome with Rich and Kris, their son, Michael, and his family.

Margaret was blessed with good health until 2021, when she was diagnosed with leukemia. That summer, she called her family together for a weekend enjoying what she and Bill had loved most – camping, card games and time outdoors – by the river in Chamberlain. Although the effects of chemotherapy were strong, she was able to enjoy time with nearly all of her descendants during the reunion before returning to Arizona for one last warm winter. In late 2022, Margaret asked to move to Edgewood Assisted Living in Mitchell. In her final six months, she enjoyed a flurry of activities, companionship and assistance. As a member of both a card club and a hobby club, Margaret loved to play host to family and friends new or old, and she was known in Arizona and in Mitchell to be the “activities director,” keeping friends, neighbors and anyone who stopped by entertained with games.

Margaret died Sun., Feb. 19, 2023 at Edgewood Assisted Living, under hospice care. She is survived by seven children: Rich Pierson of Washington, Iowa; Deb Jennings of Lead; Dan (Mary) Pierson of Merrill, Iowa; Dean (Nancy) Pierson of Brandon; Denise (Mike) Royston of Mitchell; Rod (Lisa) Pierson of Madison; and Ray (Ann) Pierson of Sioux Falls; 23 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; brother, David (Joyce) Sibson of Mitchell; and sister-in-law, Delores Sibson of Mitchell.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Bill, in 2012; her parents; son-in-law, Al Jennings; daughter-in-law, Kris Pierson; brothers, Leo Sibson and Herb Sibson; sisters, Elsie Hemmer and Jean Danielson; and several in-laws.


Friday, February 24, 2023
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
5:30 PM Prayer Service

Holy Family Catholic Church
222 N Kimball St
Mitchell, SD 57301


Saturday, February 25, 2023
10:30 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church
222 N Kimball St
Mitchell, SD 57301


Hillcrest Cemetery
Ethan, SD

Posted by Pat Wurster on March 1, 2023
Debbie, I'm so sorry of the loss of your mother, my deepest sympathies to you and your family.
Posted by Pat Wurster on March 1, 2023
Debbie, I'm so sorry of the loss of your mother, my deepest sympathies to you and your family.
Posted by Gary & Julie Kunkel on March 1, 2023
Sincere sympathy in the loss of your Mother. We were up at Cow Creek camping next to them & remember their love of camping & fishing. Wonderful people.
Posted by Greg Sibson Family on February 28, 2023
I spent a lot of summers at the Pierson farm. Margaret ran a very tight ship. I always appreciated her sense of humor and she always made me feel like part of the family. She taught me so much. I will miss her!
Posted by Colleen Stadlman on February 27, 2023
Deepest sympathies to the Royston Family. May you remember all of the great memories.
Posted by Celia Burkinshaw on February 25, 2023
My deepest sympathies to the families. I totally loved Margaret as my neighbor!! Celia. 🙏🏻🙏🏻
Posted by Jim and Bernice Houska on February 25, 2023
Deepest sympathy for all her family. May warm memories forever remain in your heart. She was a special lady. She would come and sit by our waterfall when she was out for her walk. We enjoyed seeing her there and getting to visit with her.
Posted by Julie and Karl Krueger on February 25, 2023
Our sympathies in the loss of your mother. I have so many wonderful memories growing up across the road. One memory is of the occasional sleep over. I woke up early to hear the sound of the Rosary coming from the radio below. Her faith showed in how she started the day. Well done good and faithful servant.
Posted by Mary E. (Baxter) Schiefen on February 24, 2023
Pierson family. We were sorry to see that your mom passed away. Now your mom and dad and my brother, Pat, can have a good visit. The Baxters certainly enjoyed having the Piersons as neighbors on the farm.
Posted by Michele Linneman on February 24, 2023
I have so many wonderful memories of Aunt Margaret and I hope the precious and happy memories you all have of your Mom, Mom-in-law, and Grandma help you through this difficult time. She left an imprint on many hearts. So wish I could be there to celebrate her life with you. Sending love, hugs, and prayers to you all.
Posted by Gary & Kay Shafer on February 24, 2023
We are sending our condolences to the families of Margaret (Sibson) Pierson.
We know that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought, and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love. We wish you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead, and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. 

May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families during this very difficult time. ✝️

We regret we can not attend Aunt Margaret's funeral. We are currently in California. We were in Hawaii with our 4 daughters and 3 son-in-laws when Margaret passed, unfortunately because of the snowstorm our daughters are stuck in Phoenix waiting for connecting flights, now scheduled for Sunday, so they will not be there for her funeral either.

We will miss our Aunt Margaret, but she is now in no pain, and with her beloved husband, Bill & families.
Posted by Chuck and Pat Hohn on February 24, 2023
So sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Posted by Sher and Bill Mueller on February 23, 2023
Our deepest sympathies to you, Mike and the rest of your family.
Posted by Denny and Janice Welch on February 23, 2023
Sending our thoughts and deepest sympathy to all her family. May she Rest In Peace.
Posted by Joe and Helen Puetz on February 23, 2023
Our deepest sympathy to all of your family. Always enjoyed visiting your parents and camping back when!!
Posted by Jamie Petrick on February 23, 2023
Margaret was a wonderful person! Lots of good conversations and laughs over the years. I will miss her. My sympathy goes out to the family.
Posted by Kathy Remund on February 22, 2023
My sympathies to the families
Posted by Alvin and Shirley Sibson on February 22, 2023
So sorry to hear of the loss of Margaret. Always enjoyed our visits with her, such a vibrant and fun loving lady, never at a loss for words. She will certainly be missed at family gatherings! May she rest in peace.
Posted by Lee Rosa Kurtenbach on February 22, 2023
So worry to give up this lady. It is like the end of an era for me. She always set the very best example and was someone you could truly count on.She was also very happy living at Edgewood.
Posted by Marilyn Gunnare on February 22, 2023
Our sympathy to the family of Margare, as you say your goodbyes, keep the memories alive.
Posted by Nancy and Randy Poos on February 22, 2023
So very sorry for your loss. Margaret was one of the nicest people we have ever met. She will be deeply missed.
Posted by Kathy (Kelly) Metzinger on February 22, 2023
Deepest sympathy. Sending prayers to all the family!
Posted by Maywin Thoreson on February 22, 2023
What an amazing lady and Mom. No doubt she is in the arms of Jesus. I am very sorry for her passing. Prayers and hugs of comfort to your family.

Posted by Larry and Cathy Sibson on February 21, 2023
Margaret was loved and will missed by many people. She always had a smile and hug when she saw you. She was a great lady.
Posted by Russ and Judy Cross on February 21, 2023
Denise, Mike and family our deepest sympathy for your loss may God bless you all in your time of need.
Posted by Gary and Mary Stadlman on February 21, 2023
Margaret’s family, We are so very sorry to hear of the loss of Mom/Grandma. What a lady, we were fortunate to know her from church and the community. She always had time for a visit, had not seen her for awhile, will think of her and Bill with pleasant memories. May God keep you in His Care. RIP Margaret
Posted by Dan & Betty Mostek on February 21, 2023
Dean Nancy and extended family,
Condolences to you and to all of your family as you mourn the loss of your mother. She sounds like an amazing lady who touched many lives with patience and unconditional love. She will be in our prayers.
Posted by Joan Putzier Kerns on February 21, 2023
Mom and I are saddened to hear of this. Our sympathy is with you.
Posted by Jack Earl on February 21, 2023
Your mom was such a neat lady. I am so glad I got to visit visit with her last summer. My sympathy to her family, especially to you kids.
Posted by Karen Miiller on February 21, 2023
Sending Prayers for your family. Margaret always had a smile on her face and I remember her helping with our religion classes. God Bless your family.
Posted by Tammie and Brad Pearson on February 21, 2023
Pierson Family! We are so sad to hear about Margaret‘s passing. SShe welcome everyone who came into her life with open arms. I will miss her fun spirit.
Posted by Joyce and Terry Woodbury on February 20, 2023
Deepest sympathy.
She was a great lady and will be missed.
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