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Melana “Loni” Marie Pierce

Melana “Loni” Marie Pierce

Melana “Loni” Marie Pierce, age 51 finally let go of this earthly fight after many years of being ill and bed ridden. She passed away peacefully in her sleep November 27, 2022, in Tooele Utah at Rocky Mountain – Willow Springs Care Facility. She was born on January 27, 1971, in Murray, Utah to Sherry Eilene (Caldwell) and Donald Jerry Pierce. She graduated high school at Tooele High School in 1989. She went on from graduation to raising her two children, working at American Express as Customer Service Representative in Salt Lake City, Utah.  She absolutely adored kittens and puppies and babies. But her greatest joy were her children and grandchildren, she loved to video call and just watch them.

Melana was the sweetest, kindest, most loving and forgiving person we ever knew. Even when life dealt her a crappy hand, she stayed positive. She smiled and made you believe everything was going to be alright. Even when she was lying in bed, her body all twisted in pain. She would aways tell us she was going to get better so she could go home. She finally went home, Sunday November 27, 2022, heaven gained another Angel, and she got her wings, she is no longer in pain or suffering. She will be able to join us this year as we celebrate the holidays and remember all the fun times we had. Fly sweet spirit Fly until we meet again, we love you so much.

We will be planning a celebration of life July 8, 2023 at the Dow James Building in Tooele, Utah when Justin’s family are home for summer vacation. Loni spent the last years of her life on full disability bed ridden, no insurance or extra money to speak of, if you would like to contribute to help her parents with her final expenses and celebration of life, Missy has setup a GoFundMe , or contact any of her siblings or parents to contribute. Thank you in advance for any contribution every penny makes a difference. We will make public the details once they are confirmed for all of those who would like to come and share their memories of “Loni”.

She was greeted in heaven by high school sweetheart Douglas Todd Smith, granddaughter Nathaira Rayne McKee, grandparents Robert & Inez Caldwell, Uncles Allen and Val Caldwell, Aunts Dottie & Carol, and beloved fur babies Tinkerbell, Cinnamon, and Jody. Rest in peace sweet girl, until we meet again, we love you!

Melana is survived by parents, Sherry Eilene (Caldwell) Pierce and Donald Jerry Pierce of Tooele, Utah who did everything in their power to keep her safe and well cared for throughout her entire life. Daughter Dacia Eilene McKee, grandchildren Lily Marie Whitesides, Fia Brielle McKee, Akira Rose McKee, & Ozias Nathaniel Wolf McKee of Stansbury Park, Utah. Son, Dustin Michael Pierce, grandchildren, grandchildren Braxtin Raymond Pierce, Emberlyn Ann Noelle Pierce, & Liam Michael Orion Pierce of Tooele, Utah. Surrogate daughter, Brandy Lorraine Stevens, and grandson Gabriel Stanley Stevens of Tooele, Utah. Sister, Melisa “Missy” Inez (Pierce) Walton, nephew Colby Lawrence Walton & Joclyn Mae Skoglund, great niece Everlee Beth Louise Walton of Tooele, Utah. Brother, Raymond Jerrod Pierce & Polliann (Russell) Pierce, niece Shontae (Pierce) Vowles & Preston Rick Vowles, great niece Haizlee Beth Vowles, great nephews Corbin Odell Vowles & Riggs Montgomery Vowles, niece Brook Ashlie (Pierce) Broadhead & Jacob Dalton Broadhead, new baby niece or nephew Broadhead due to arrive May 2023, and niece McKell Rae Pierce, great nephew Graysen Craig Pitt of Rush Valley, Utah. Brother, Justin Donald Pierce & Dori Lin (Cederlof) Pierce, nephew Gabriel Lance Pierce, nieces Olivia Raquel Pierce, Aubrey Camille Pierce, & Vanessa Lin Pierce of Woodbridge, Virginia.

Many Aunts, Uncles, and cousins scattered about the country too many to name, but one Special Aunt Natalie Dawn (Caldwell) Johnson of Evanston, Wyoming and Cousin Eric Mertin, who always did everything they could to support her parents and sister in caring for Loni. Her best friends Brenda Stevens and Nicole Anderson, who absolutely adored her.

Melana was adopted at about 8-9 years old, but later in life she reconnected with her biological father Joe Severson and his family; Joe, Sandy, Kelly, Craig, Tye, Bree, Shelby, Drew, Connie, Luke, Tycie, and half-sister Brandie (Severson) & Shaun Hansen, her children Kortland and Makyla, granddaughter Monroe.

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