Fannie Lou Ben Pierite, age 95 and long-time resident of Kenner, Louisiana, left her earthly life on Saturday, October 20, 2018, and began her eternal life in the care of her Heavenly Father and her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This humble Christian lady brought joy to all who knew or met her. She met life’s challenges with grace, with quiet strength, and with unwaivering faith in God.
Fannie was the first of five children born to Tom and Gladys Comby Ben of the Standing Pine Community of the Mississippi band of Choctaw Indians near Carthage in central Mississippi. She attended Standing Pine Indian School where she played center on their basketball team. The team went on to win the state championship. Later, Fannie graduated from Chilocco (Oklahoma) High School and attended Clarke Memorial College in Newton, Mississippi. She graduated in 1952 from Blue Mountain College in Blue Mountain, Mississippi, the first of her tribe to graduate college. Fannie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Bible and a minor in English. She also served as Secretary of the Tribal Council.
In 1953, Fannie married Joseph A. Pierite, Jr. of Marksville, Louisiana. Fannie met Joseph while she was serving as a Missionary on the Tunica-Biloxi Reservation. The couple briefly lived in New Orleans before settling in Kenner.
Fannie is survived by her daughter, Jo Ann Pierite Miller (David); her son, Michael Ray Pierite (Donna); her granddaughter, Elisabeth Pierite Mora (Hixson); grandson, Jean Luc Pierite; three great-grandchildren, Judith Ann Lites, Gabriel Joseph Lites, and Leilani Mora; and two brothers, Thomas Ben and Henry Ben (Nancy). She is also survived by beloved nieces and nephews: Terry Ben (Barbara), Pam Moberg (Don), Jerry Ben (Kasey), Kevin Ben (Tracey), Stephen Ben (Deanna), Larry Ben (Tammi), Cheryl Hamby (Bret), Paula Miller (Terry), Brenda James, Marty Johnson (Rosemary) and Andre Gallardo (Linda).
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joseph A. Pierite, Jr.; her brother, Hubert Ben; her sister, Helen Marie Ben Young; sister-in-law, Beverly Ben ; and granddaughter, Rachael Ann Lites.
Pallbearers will be Bret Miller, Terry Ben, Marty Johnson, Hixson Mora, Jean Luc Pierite, and Dennis Flores. Honorary Pallbearers will be Thomas Ben, Henry Ben, and Gabriel Lites.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Williams Boulevard Baptist Church, 3000 Williams Boulevard, Kenner, Louisiana 70065.