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Lois Pierson

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Lois E. Pierson, 91, died Sept. 11 in Surprise, Ariz.

She had Alzheimer’s disease.

Mrs. Pierson was an entertainer who, along with her husband Melvin “Willie” Pierson, was part of the Novelty Boys group that performed in Maine, Iowa, South Dakota and Kansas in the 1940s and ‘50s. As the only surviving member of the band, she was inducted into the Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999.

Mrs. Pierson also was featured as the Wonderful Witch in a daytime children’s show of the same name that ran on WIBW-TV in Topeka, Kan., during the 1950s.

A native of Essex, Iowa, Mrs. Pierson was a graduate of the American Institute of Business in Des Moines. After her entertainment career, Mrs. Pierson worked as an administrative assistant for public school systems in Topeka and Wichita, Kan., and for the Vitro Corp. in Oxnard, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her husband, and is survived by daughters Constance Hill and Nancy Daugherty, both of Sun City, Ariz., half-sister Carolyn Alexander of Salinas, Calif., and half-brother Gary Northwall of Wichita, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Services are pending.

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