January 9, 1924-February 21, 2011

What can you say about the woman who taught you how to fly? Evelyn Lucille Pierce was born a twin on January 9, 1924, to Glenn and Ethel Dickey, in Pomona, Calif. Her beautiful, huge heart finally wore out at Orchards Assisted Living, in Medford, Ore. A child of the Great Depression, she was raised in Toledo, Ore., with her three brothers. Evelyn

eventually moved to Illinois briefly, where she and her first husband lived, and had her first son, Michael. After her

husband's death, Evelyn returned to Portland, Ore., where she met and was married to Oscar "Gus" Gustafson, for 25 years, and they had two children, Jeff and Kathleen.

Evelyn worked in several capacities as an executive

secretary, while she excelled at and loved sewing, crafts, dancing, gardening, crab feasts with her family at the beach, and traveling with her beloved family. She moved to

Medford, Ore., in 1974, worked for the 3M Company, and married James Pierce, who predeceased her. Mom was brave, smart, classy, beautiful, fun, loved a good time, never had a complaint, and she set an example for her children, and grandchildren. She was a faithful member of Phoenix First Presbyterian Church.

Evelyn leaves behind two proud children, Jeffrey (Jennifer) Gustafson, of Shady Cove, Ore., and Kathleen (Roy)

Buffington, of Ashland ,Ore; five grandchildren, Mika

Buffington, Kami (Andrew) Persse, Tabitha (Grant)

Schneider, Michael (Breezy) Gustafson, and Danny (Summer) Gustafson; and had recently welcomed four great-grandchildren, Mia, Jullein, Sydney, and Lillian. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Richard, Albert and Frank; husband, Jim; and her beloved son, Michael.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 26, 2011, at 10:30 a.m., at the Hillcrest Memorial Park Chapel, 2201 North Phoenix Road, Medford, Ore. Memorial

contributions are welcomed at Providence Hospice, for the amazing gift of dignified life they give, and for the Phoenix First Presbyterian Church Community Supper. In lieu of flowers, hold each other close, celebrate life, and lift a glass in honor of this special woman. Many thanks to her dear friends, and the good care of Orchards Assisted Living, and from the

angels at Providence Hospice. Thank you for the gift of our mother. We will love you forever. Hillcrest Memorial Park & Mortuary, Medford, Ore., are in care of arrangements, 541-773-6162. www.hillcrestmortuary.com