Elsabeth Port Pierre passed away at home in the loving arms of her children at the age of 91 on August 9, 2016.
She was born in Chicago and immediately adopted by the Lincoln and Ellen Clark family of nine natural born children; eight boys and one girl, thereby becoming their tenth and last child. She was the last surviving child of the Clark family.
Her mother and several of the sons moved to Michigan after WWII. Elsabeth earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1948. After completing her R.N. examination, she worked as a pediatric nurse in Michigan.
Many of Elsabeth’s eight brothers attended the University of Chicago. One weekend they invited a fellow student friend for a weekend visit to the Lake Michigan home. That friend was Glenn LeRoy Pierre, her future husband. She was happily married to him for 66 years.
Elsabeth and Glenn raised a family of four children in Arlington Heights, Illinois, near Chicago. Her capacity for love and kindness, generosity and unselfishness was legendary to her family and everyone she knew. She devoted her existence to the happiness of her family and others.
Elsabeth was raised in the Catholic Church in which she remained devout throughout her life. She practiced her faith compassionately with a gentle, sympathetic and tender heart.
She will be remembered by all remaining family members as having never expressed an ill word toward or about anyone. She faithfully sought the best in every person.
Elsabeth’s family was her greatest pride and joy. She is survived by her four children: Susan Pierre Stone, Glenn N. Pierre, Wayne F. Pierre and Lynn Pierre Huffstutler as well as four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Our family extends special appreciation to the staff of Right At Home home care services and Pikes Peak Hospice for their compassionate care of Elsabeth during her greatest days of need.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 18, 2016 at St. Paul Catholic Church, 9 El Pomar Road. Interment will take place in Plummerville Cemetery in Fennville, Michigan.
In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated, in her honor, to Catholic Charities of Colorado Springs, 228 North Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903.