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Gladys Rose Zielinski Pierce

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 22nd, 2013

Gladys Pierce
Gladys Rose Zielinski Pierce, 82, of Newport, Ore., died Jan. 17, 2013 in Newport.

She was born Aug. 25, 1930 to Joseph and Matilda Zielinski in Salem, Ore. Gladys earned her Bachelor of Nursing degree from the University of Portland in 1952. That same year, she married Charles Richard Pierce Sr. in Salem.

Together they raised a son and a daughter. Gladys moved often with Charles during his military career. They lived in Asia, Europe, and several places in the United States.

She specialized in maternal/child care and as a nurse, she impacted many families around the world teaching childbirth and parenting classes.

Gladys was an avid golfer and spent many happy times with friends on the greens. She recently discovered her “creative” side and began designing jewelry around her love of agates that she found combing beaches in the Newport area.

She is survived by her spouse and best friend of 60 years, Charles Pierce of Newport; daughter, Janine Drake of Henderson, Nev.; son Charles (Karen) Pierce Jr. of Henderson; sister, Gertrude Zielinski Crary, of Salem; grandchildren, John Drake, Jessica Ann Pierce, Carlye Rose Pierce and Richard Dean Pierce; and one great-grandson.

Per her request, there will be no services. The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Pierce Nursing Scholarship through the University of Portland.

Bateman Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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