Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home

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Barbara W. Pierson

November 16, 1926August 10, 2019

Barbara W. Pierson

On Saturday, August 10, 2019, Barbara W. Pierson of Silver Spring, MD passed. Beloved wife of the late Paul Ernest Pierson to whom she was married for 57 years; loving mother of Bruce (Elizabeth) of Stafford VA, Richard (Lisa) of Edgewater MD, and Vera (Tracy) of Laytonsville MD; cherished grandmother of Matthew, Cory, Amanda, Rachel, and Caitlin; adored great-grandmother of Ava; devoted daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin and Ada Vera Weston and dear aunt to many nephews and nieces.

Barbara is predeceased by siblings Frances Axtell, Vera Thomas, and Homer Weston. She was born November 16, 1926 in Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from Coolidge High School. She also attended Wilson's Teacher's College in Washington, DC. Barbara worked at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory as Executive Secretary in Laurel, MD where she met her husband Paul. They settled in Silver Spring, MD. A gathering will be held at the Christ Episcopal Church Kensington, 4001 Franklin St., Kensington, MD 20895 on Thursday, August 22 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. with funeral service to follow at 12 p.m. Interment at Cedar Hill Cemetery, 4111 Pennsylvania Ave., Suitland, MD. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, or Alzheimer's Association. Please view and sign family guestbook at www.hinesrinaldifuneralhome.com

Published in The Washington Post on Aug. 18, 2019


  • Gathering Thursday, August 22, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, August 22, 2019


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William Brooks

August 22, 2019

Bruce, Richard and Vera,
I don't know why but something told me today to Google your mom, when I did, I immediately learned of her passing. I am not sure if you remember me or not but our mothers were very close friends. Actually she was in my parents wedding. I am the son of Peggy and Howard Brooks. It was always a highlight going to visit with you all every summer when we came down to Maryland. Your mom was such a sweet person. I can still hear her greeting us all when we came to the door. I can't forget your dad too, he was great as well. Those memories will stay with me forever as I enjoyed them so.
I am so sorry to learn of her passing and my condolences to all three of you.

Carol Randolph

August 14, 2019

Barbara (and Paul) were dear friends of my parents for 49 years. We lived around the corner and down the street on Lillian Lane. Paul and Dad carpooled to Johns Hopkins APL, and Barbara and Mom were charter members of the APL Women's Club, often playing bridge together. Barbara hosted a baby shower for me when I was pregnant with my first child, now 31. I still remember the cucumber sandwiches! Barbara was warm and generous and always made people feel like she was so glad to see them, even toward the end. I will miss her smile. Hugs and condolences to Bruce, Richie and Vera.

Carole Burnett

August 13, 2019

It was a blessing to live next door to Barbara for 39 years. When my husband and kids and I moved into our house, she hosted a "welcome" reception for me to meet the neighborhood women. And she did it in the way that she did everything: with warmth, kindness, and grace. Later, when our beloved golden retriever died and I was in tears, Barbara came over with a plate of her delicious dessert bars, which our whole family enjoyed. She was a model of Christian womanhood, an example for me to follow.