Minneth Anita Pierre
Jun 19, 1932 – Feb 19, 2017
Minneth Anita Morrell Silvera Pierre was born on June 19, 1932 at Gorgas Army Hospital in Ancon, Canal Zone (Republic of Panama). She was the only child of Claris and Sidney Morrell. Minneth grew up in La Boca, Canal Zone, and graduated from the Instituto Pan Americano (IPA).
While she was still attending IPA, Minneth met her future husband, Lloyd Pierre. She remembered the day well — February 22, 1948. Minneth was walking with a friend in the park when this handsome man approached her and asked if she had a boyfriend. Minneth replied, “No, but maybe I’m getting one now.” From that day forward, Minneth and Lloyd dated, with permission from her mother, Claris Morrell, who enforced strict dating rules.
In 1955, Lloyd moved to New York City to make a better living and ultimately joined the United States Air Force (USAF). After Basic Training, he called Minneth and told her to “get a wedding dress and send out wedding invitations.” On April 22, 1956, Lloyd and Minneth were married at St. Mary’s Mission in the Canal Zone.
Lloyd was first stationed at Ramey Air Force Base (AFB), Puerto Rico, where Lloyd Jr. was born in the adjacent town of Aguadilla in 1957. In 1958, they had a second son, Mark Anthony, who died tragically of unknown causes in the hospital three days after his birth. After moving to Camp Drum, New York in 1960, Minneth and Lloyd had their first daughter, Michele, who was born in nearby Watertown. Subsequently, they returned to the Canal Zone where third and last child, Laurence was born in 1963.
In 1968, Lloyd, Sr. was deployed to Vietnam. Minneth cared for their kids, trying to keep them busy so they would not miss their dad too much. Upon his return in 1973, Lloyd Sr. was stationed to Randolph AFB, so he moved the family to Converse, Texas, where they lived for the next three years. In 1976, Lloyd Sr. was again assigned to Panama, so they returned to their home country once more, where Lloyd Sr. retired from the USAF in 1979.
In 2001, after enjoying many wonderful years in Panama, Minneth and Lloyd decided to move Stateside, where their three children and eight grandchildren lived. They resided with son, Lloyd, Jr., and his family in Nebraska. Six months later, they travelled with them to Layton, Utah, where Lloyd, Jr., who was also in the USAF, was assigned. Upon receiving orders to Offutt, AFB, Nebraska, Lloyd, Jr., and his family moved, and Minneth and Lloyd, Sr. followed, ultimately moving into their own place—Tregaron Senior Apartments—about five blocks from Lloyd Jr. and his family.
Sadly, Minneth was diagnosed with breast cancer and Lloyd, Sr. with Alzheimer’s Disease. At this time, Lloyd, Jr. decided to retire from the military service to ensure good continuity of medical care. Eventually, Lloyd, Sr. was moved to a memory unit at a nursing facility due to the progression of the Alzheimer’s Disease. At this time, in September of 2008, Minneth moved in with Lloyd, Jr. and family. On April 2, 2010, Good Friday, Lloyd, Sr. passed into eternal life—Minneth and Lloyd had been married for 54 years.
Starting in 2014, Minneth had a few falls that resulted in back surgery; another fall, in February of 2015, left her on a ventilator for the remainder of her life. Minneth was moved to Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln in April of 2015, where she lived until her death on February 19, 2017. The staff at Madonna Rehab became like a family to Minneth, and we are forever grateful for the love and care they gave her during her time there.
Minneth was a faithful and loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She was known for her generosity and goodness—a woman of great faith and prayer. If you ever mentioned a problem to Minneth, she would always say, “All you have to do is pray to the Lord!”
Minneth was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Pierre, Sr. She is survived by her beloved children: Lloyd Pierre, Jr. (Deanna) of Bellevue, Michele Pierre of Atlanta, GA, and Laurence Pierre (Regina) of Sierra Vista, AZ.; wonderful grandchildren: Niccole Pierre Williams (Jeremy), Lloyd III, Celeste, Matthew, Alexander, Catherine, Christina, and Cecilia Pierre.
The family will receive friends Sunday, Feb. 26th, 3pm to 5pm, with VIGIL SERVICE at 5pm at the Bel Air Chapel. SERVICES Monday, Feb. 27th, 9:15am, Bel Air Chapel to St. Peter Catholic Church for MASS at 10am. Interment, Resurrection Cemetery.
Thank you for joining us to pray for Minneth’s soul and to celebrate her life!