Bethany Margaret Pierce Obituary, Death – Bethany Margaret Pierce passed away on January 7, 2023 in Rapid City, South Dakota. She was born on June 30, 1968. On January 7, 2023, while Bethany Pierce was at home sleeping, she passed away unexpectedly at the age of 54.
She was a beloved wife, mother, sister, and teacher. She is survived by her devoted husband, Kevin Pierce, who is 54 years old, her daughters, Hannah Flint (Michael), 30, Abby Pierce, 26, Bella Pierce, 14, her brother, Jason Verbarg (Laura and niece Kayla), 50, and her grandson, Oliver Flint, who is 4 years old.
After graduating from Pasco High School with the class of 1986, Bethany continued her education at Central Washington University, where she earned a degree in Elementary Education in 1991. After teaching for one year at St. Patrick’s School in Pasco, she went on to teach kindergarten at Columbia Elementary. Two years later, she moved up to second grade, where she would remain for the next 27 years.
Through her selflessness in advocating for the requirements of others and her unwavering commitment to the welfare of her pupils, Bethany established herself as a revered educator in the Burbank area, earning the community’s respect in the process. In 2009, the Mid-Columbia Crystal Apple Awards presented the Teacher of the Year honor to her for the Columbia School District. In addition to that, she was the president of the Columbia Education Association for a number of years and assisted on a great deal of different negotiation committees.
Throughout her entire life, she was an advocate for the teaching profession and was always proud of the contributions that she made to the advancement of that field. While attending Pasco High School, Bethany began dating Kevin, who would later become her husband of 32 years. The couple began dating during Bethany’s senior year at Pasco High School. After another four years, they tied the knot and relocated to Pasco. After another few years, they moved to Burbank, where they constructed a house just a block away from Bethany’s parents.
There, they began a family, and Hannah and Abby enjoyed a close relationship with their grandparents, Dave and Beverly Verbarg, which lasted until the grandparents’ deaths in 2014 and 2015. This close bond lasted until the grandparents’ deaths.
Although we are all going to miss Bethany more than words can express, we celebrate this incredible woman for her loyalty, tenacity, and dedication to her family, friends, students, and community. Although Bethany’s passing comes way too soon, and although we are all going to miss her more than words can convey, we celebrate this amazing woman for her loyalty.
We will never get over the loss of Bethany, and our love for you is and always will be unending. On the 21st of January, at one o’clock in the afternoon, a ceremony honoring the life of the deceased will take place in the gymnasium of Columbia High School. Everyone is welcome to attend the celebration to honor this extraordinary woman as well as the connections that she made and maintained throughout her life.