September 27, 1932 - May 25, 2019
Janella Otzenberger Pierce, a resident of Sun, LA., passed away on May 25, 2019, at the age of 85, she was born on September 27, 1932 in Bogalusa, LA.
She was this woman of small stature that seemed to be in constant motion. Whether working in her numerous flower gardens, moving her various plants in and out of her house, serving with her beloved church family, or caring for her natural family in all capacities, she never seemed to tire. She thrived on activity and loved caring for others. Her heart was so much larger than the frame in which it was enclosed. In her later life she was recognized as the little lady who was a snappy dresser and enjoyed wearing all kinds of hats.
Janella is survived by her children; Belinda Kent (Burton) Edwards of Anacoco, LA, Robert Pierce Jr. (Nancy) of Ruston, LA, Bonny (Mike) Thompson of Rio Communities, N M; grandchildren Lauren Renee Lowry, Christina Anne Russell, Sarah Watts, Adam Kent, Casey Jean Cason, Clark Pierce, Jackson Pierce; great grandchildren Emily McDuffie, Taylor McDuffie, Alexis Mapes, Austin Mapes, Julianne Kent.; very special cousins; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. By most she was known as “Gran” … and in a very real sense, they became part of her extended family.
Ms. Pierce was preceded in death by her husband Robert Pierce Sr.; her parents John W. Otzenberger Sr. and Zula T. Thomas; her siblings Roger Dale Otzenberger Sr., and John William “J.W.” Otzenberger Jr.
Visitation will be held at Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home on Saturday June 1, 2019, from 12:00 noon until service time of 2:00 p.m. Rev. Stan Salassi and Rev. Alan Lorio will officiate the service and interment will be held at Emmanual Baptist Church Cemetery.