February 11, 2013

She’s dedicated to volunteering

Joan Pierret stays busy helping out in some manner

February 11, 2013 By Cathy Spaulding Phoenix Staff Writer

— For all the things that keep Joan Pierret busy, one thing you can say is that she’s involved.

She’s involved with raising money for EASTAR Health System’s auxiliary.

She’s involved with cooking for bereaved families at her church.

She’s involved with making the best bid in a bridge game.

About the only thing Joan Pierret wasn’t involved with was milking the cows on the Iowa farm where she grew up.

“I wasn’t what you’d call an outdoor person,” she said. “My mother, she’d milk the cows. I still don’t like to go outdoors to work.”

Pierret grew up on a 240-acre farm near Jefferson, Iowa.

One thing that did keep Pierret and her family busy was church.

“My mother was in Catholic Daughters, and Dad was in the Knights (of Columbus),” she said. “That was your social life in that day and age.”

After high school, she got a job at Iowa State University in nearby Ames, where she met her future husband, Jim Pierret. After they got married, they moved to Libertyville, Ill.

In 1967, the Pierrets and their six sons moved to Muskogee, where Jim Pierret became a tech manager for Fansteel.

Joan Pierret stayed home to raise the boys.

“They were all very involved in sports,” she said. “They all played Little League baseball, and most played football in junior high.”

Pierret said her two oldest sons went to the state high school championships in tennis, and the two youngest sons went to state championships in wrestling.

The boys were a handful, she said. “But they all turned out well.”

Meet Joan Pierret

AGE: 78

HOMETOWN: Jefferson, Iowa.

CAREER: Volunteer and homemaker.

EDUCATION: Jefferson High School, class of 1952.

FAMILY: Husband, Jim; sons, Mike, Charles, Steven, Jim Jr., Peter, Brian.

CHURCH: St. Joseph Catholic Church.

HOBBIES: Cooking, bridge, knitting.

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