24, 1947 - October 9,
2005 Loving Wife,
Mother, Sister, Aunt and Friend Charley Myles' Memorial to Her Under
married Barbara Jean Pierce
Louis, MO. In a terrible blow to all who loved her, we lost
her suddenly on 10/9/05,
36 years of marriage. She was a
wonderful wife & a wonderful mother to my children, but she
was also my BEST
FRIEND FOR ALMOST 40 YEARS & was truly my LIFE
PARTNER in every sense of those words. A professionally constructed memorial
webpage in her honor is on the
link in the box with the black background above.
I met Barbara met on
a blind date on 1/29/66. She
was a St.
Louis native & a 1965 graduate
of Cleveland High
School. She was a very successful Avon
Sales person & sold their products for more than 27
years. She was heavily involved in several community and service
activities in Lubbock. These included
being a 38
Beta Sigma Phi
an international women's friendship & service Sorority. In 2005, she
was President-Elect of the Lubbock City Council (an
organization of many chapters) of ΒΣΦ.
well-known to those who know us well,
she was a co-founder of a Cancer Survivor's Support Group at the Joe
Arrington Cancer Center at Covenant Lakeside
Hospital. For the last few years of her life, she was active in the
Chapter of Team in Training, a fundraising
group for the
Lymphoma Society. In the past, she also had served as a
volunteer (coordinating the driving of cancer patients
to doctor appointments) for the Lubbock Chapter
We lived in St. Louis while I was in graduate
school. We left there in 1973, after
I finished my PhD.
Afterward, because I had three different temporary postdoctoral
research jobs, we moved around for 5 years.
(1973-1975: Columbus, OH. 1975-1977:Lausanne,
My vita has details of my jobs in these periods). We
moved to Lubbock, TX in 1978, when I
took my present job as faculty
in the Department of Physics
8-23-16: Today, I found a wonderful song which expresses the feelings I have now, almost 11 years after we lost Barbara. It's titled "Knowing What I Know About Heaven". It was written by country singer Sarah Darling. A video of her singing it in a duet with gospel singer Guy Penrod is on YouTube Here.