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Virginia Frances (Gilbreath) Pierce

Virginia Pierce

Virginia Frances (Gilbreath) Pierce

April 26, 1936 – March 23, 2019

Virginia’s parents were Edmond and Virginia (Rasdall) Gilbreath, wonderful parents.  She had a loving relationship with them both and cared for them until their deaths.  After Mrs. Gilbreath passed on, Virginia and her father traveled to London several times.

It was a special time for them both.

After Mr. Gilbreath died, Virginia moved back to her roots and Kansas City was forever her home.

Virginia was a beautiful and thoughtful person and friend to many.  We lost our dear friend the morning of March 23, 2019.  She faced a hard battle with strength and courage.

In 1996 she married her teenage sweetheart, John Byron Pierce.  They had dated when Virginia was 16 and John was 17 but as many youthful romances, it lasted just a few years and they went on to marry others.

Later in life they reconnected and were married.  Their life together was full, fun and wonderful until John’s death in 2007.

After John’s death, Virginia filled her days with friends, reading and caring for her little canine friend, Rosie.

“Say not in grief she is no more

But live in thankfulness that she was”

– Hebrew Proverb


A small private celebration of life is planned.  A later date will be set when she will be laid to rest. She will be laid to rest with her late husband, John Byron Pierce, in Leavenworth, KS at Leavenworth National Cemetery on April 8, 2019 at 12:30 p.m..

Memorial Contributions

The family request in lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to KC Pet Project (a no kill shelter) or to Evergreen Hospice in Olathe, KS.




  1. La Doris Henley Langley on March 31, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    Virginia was a lovely lady. I graduated with her from Wyandotte High School in 1954 and have remained friends through the years. She was always fun to be with, and I didn’t have to see her often to remain friends. Thankful she and John are together again, and share each other’s love. I will miss you Virginia.

  2. Barbara Masters on March 28, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    To enjoy a friendship that spans over 75 years is special indeed..thats what Virginia and I had.

    This woman was thoughtful..articulate..and had humor that absolutely cracked me up..We told the same stories to each other over and over and laughed like it was the first time we had ever heard that particular tale…and I will miss that part of my life.

    But Virginia entered her last year full of pain and doubt and Im sure times of fear like a trooper..but with all she went throught she always said…”so tell me about your day”

    She was my friend..and my “sister”..and i will always love her and miss her

    • Shannon Pierce on March 29, 2019 at 11:31 am

      Barbara, she always spoke so fondly of you and how fortunate she was to have such a friendship as you two did. She will be missed, but remembered for many things, including her smile and laughter, humor, and fun-loving nature!

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