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UNKNOWN, July 1948
Obituary of William Cameron Pierce

William Cameron Pierce, the youngest of ten children of the late Mr. And Mrs. Martin Pierce, early Butler County pioneers, was born on the Pierce homestead in Fairview Township, June 18, 1875. He departed this life at his home in Wichita, July 16, 1948, at the age of 73 years, and 28 days.

His parents came to Fairview in a covered wagon from Bushnell, Illinois, in 1870, and courageously endured all the trails and tribulations of the pioneer of that era. His father died when he was five years old and from that date he helped to support his mother by herding cattle on the free range. It was at this home where William grew to manhood and where he lived for many years of his life.

On December 31, 1899, he was united in marriage to Edna Jane Alexander. To this union were born six children all of whom survive him. He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife Edna of the home in Wichita; two daughters, Mrs. Doris Morton of Farmington, New Mexico, Mrs. Marjorie Boucher of Augusta, Kansas; four sons, Wade of Topeka, Kansas, Wayne of Potwin, Earl of Chicago, Illinois, and John of Salina, Kansas; one sister, Emmogene Pierce Brady of Kansas City, Missouri; one brother, Charles E. Pierce of Billings, Oklahoma; 14 grandchildren, one great grandchild, and a great number of other relatives and friends.

William, or Bill as he was affectionately known to his many friends, was a successful farmer in Fairview Township for many years and took great pride and enjoyment in his work. He was a lover of the soil and spent many of his last days in his yard and garden of which he was very proud.

He had great affection for his children and grandchildren and always took a great interest in their activities and accomplishments. His full, healthful and vigorous life was an inspiration to them and they will greatly miss his presence in their groups.

Fond memories still remain and today they, along with his wife Edna, and many relatives and friends pay their tribute and last respects to his memory.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2:30 in the Towanda Methodist Church with Rev. J. K. Yoeman, and Rev. Ben F. White, officiating.

H. R. Hull, H. S. Marlet, Mrs. Harry Wilson and Mrs. Ben F. White sang "In the Garden," "Beautiful Isle," and "The Old Rugged Cross." Pall Bearers were: Robert Boucher, Clifford Boucher, Gilbert Boucher, and Russell Allison, grandsons; Robert Alexander, and Sam Ravenscraft, nephews.

Burial was made in the Towanda Cemetery. Downing Mortuary of Wichita was in charge.

Transcribed and Contributed by Richard K. Pierce, Grandson

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