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Posted: 6/25/09

Wendy Pierson Passed Away

WENDY JO PIERSON HINESBURG - Wendy Jo Pierson, 53, passed away at home with the people she loved, on Thursday, June 25, after living life the past 18 months with brain cancer. Anyone who knows Wendy should know that her battle with the disease was courageous and inspiring. Wendy was born on Aug. 27, 1955, in Woodsville, N.H. She graduated from Oxbow High School in 1973. She attended the University of Vermont, where she played soccer, basketball and softball, Castleton State College, and earned her degree from Parson's School of Design in Manhattan, N.Y., in 1986. She also attended the Women's Small Business Project in Burlington in 1988. In 1989, with business partner Nancy Condit, Wendy opened Personal Fitness Interiors. Wendy oversaw every aspect of Personal Fitness, which was much more than a source of employment. She was devoted to fitness, and found deep satisfaction in helping people find ways to improve their lives through exercise and activity. Wendy and Nancy went on to open Women's Source for Sports in 1997, with the mission again, to help women specifically, find ways to pursue and better enjoy an active lifestyle. Wendy, an active participant herself, was naturally athletic and enjoyed many different sports. A true lover of the game of golf, Wendy was a member of the Rocky Ridge Golf Club. She was also a member of the Vermont Tri-State Golf Team. She played in many amateur tournaments and greatly enjoyed playing in State Days. But even more than the game, she enjoyed the people she met along the way, the stories of great shots and the ones that got away, and seeking tips on playing a better round. Wendy was also an accomplished badminton player. Just months before being stricken by her illness, Wendy and her mother, Peggy, won a silver medal in the National Senior Games, in Louisville, Ky. An avid hiker as well, Wendy enjoyed roaming the desert southwest and the high peaks of the Rockies. Wendy was truly one of the world's good people. She was a true giver. She freely gave her time, her resources, her expertise, her advice, and her big smile, to friends, customers, and strangers alike, and derived her deepest satisfaction in life from those contacts. For all who knew and loved her, her passing is a profound loss. Wendy was predeceased by her father John Pierson Jr. and is survived by her mother Peggy of East Corinth; her very best friend and business partner, Nancy Condit of Hinesburg; sister Kaye and husband David Leonard of Maine; brothers Alan and his partner Angie Jacobs of Richmond, Stephen and his wife Robin of Stowe, and Wade and his wife Terri of East Corinth. She also leaves many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and a grand nephew. A short graveside service will be held at the East Corinth cemetery on Tuesday, June 30, at 3 p.m., with a reception at the East Corinth Church following. A memorial celebrating Wendy's life will be held on Wednesday, July 8, at 6 p.m., at Rocky Ridge Golf Club. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the WP Brain Cancer Research Fund, 8153 Rt. 116, Hinesburg, or to the charity of one's choice.

Obituary from the Burlington Free Press, June 29, 2009