Marianna (Marney) Ruth Pierson passed away June 20 to be reunited with her husband of 69 years, Charles.
She was born in 1919 in Dayton, Ohio. Her love for animals started with training horses to be trotters. In 1930, she began training Dogs for the Blind as well as Military Rescue Dogs. She married Charles Pierson in 1938, and they moved to San Diego in 1939. She started the "Palomares Collie Club" where she bred and showed collies.
In 1974, the family moved to Danville, where they started boarding kennels for dogs, Charomalee Kennels, which has served the community for 33 years and will continue.
She was the mother of 11 children, nine of them adopted: Ronald Pierson, Judy, Shelley Keesling, Scott Langly, Marie Pierson, brother and sister Freddie and Liz, Kim Montano, Kevin Pierson, Tracy Pierson and Eric Pierson. She is also survived by her brother, Walt Shelley; and 17 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.