Jean Ellen Brooks was born May 23, 1946, at Lake Andes, SD, to Darald and Lillian (Jones) Brooks. She grew up and attended schools at Lake Andes, Mount Vernon and Letcher and graduated from Letcher High School in 1964. After graduation she was employed at the Davison County Court House in Mitchell. On November 12, 1966, she married Doug Pierson at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Mitchell. From 1970 until 1983, she enjoyed being a stay at home mom. She was employed by the Mitchell School District from 1983 until 1996. She resided in Winner for ten years then returned to Mitchell where she was employed at LifeQuest. She was a longtime member of New Home Lutheran Church where she served as church secretary. She enjoyed ceramics for many years and was very active with her children in the Mitchell school system.
She is survived by four children: Wade Pierson and his wife, Mary of Carson, ND and their daughters Marlee and Cassie; Staci Binde and her husband, Jason of Scotland, SD and their daughters: Isabella, Natasha, Katerina, Addison and Olivia; Stephanie Smith and her husband, Jeff of Mitchell and their sons: Logan, Dylanger, Wyatt, Colton, and Dawson; Erika Ellwein and her husband, Jason of Mitchell and their sons: Tate, Brok and Denen; one brother, David Brooks and his wife, Penny of Letcher, and many nieces, nephews and other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents.