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Cleo Irene (Pierson) Altman was born on April 1, 1916, in a one room sod house southeast of Beaver, the third daughter of Lewis Garfield Pierson and Lela America Susan (Pinnell) Pierson. She left this earthly life for her home in Heaven on Sunday, October 2, 2016, at the age of 100 years and 6 months.
Cleo had responsibilities on the farm, learning to milk cows at age 5, herding cows, gathering eggs, topping maize and slopping pigs. She attended school at Como, Garrett and Beaver, graduating from Beaver High School in 1933. Cleo started working at age 17, with her first job being with Kay Meese, who had an office in the Beaver courthouse. She worked for Perry Robinson and Otto Barby, both being County Judges.
Cleo Pierson and Burl "Chalk" Altman were married by the Justice of the Peace on June 1, 1935, in Beaver. To this union were born Jacque Lou, Joe Bill, Jane and June. Joe Bill died shortly after birth.
In 1955 Cleo starting working for Beaver County Farm Bureau. Chalk became a Farm Bureau agent in 1957. Cleo always said she talked him into it. They both retired in 1984. After retirement, they enjoyed spending time in Arizona with friends, old and new. Cleo also enjoyed ceramics and quilting, making many quilts for children and grandchildren. She was an active member of the First Christian Church, and was also a member of the Iris Garden Club in Beaver.
Cleo was predeceased by her parents, her loving husband, Burl, son Joe Bill, daughter Jacque and husband Bob Adams, daughter Jane Altman, sister Virgie and husband Herman Altman, sister LaVera and husband Laverne Henson.
Cleo is survived by daughter June Ballou and husband Gary; Grandchildren: Jason Keltner, his wife Julia, and their sons, Luke and Liam; Wendy Isom, her husband Micheal, and their sons, Hank and Harlan; Derrick DeWitt, his wife Christi, and their daughter, Ella; Dalas Warr, her husband Rex, and their sons, Aaren and Arden; Diana Claypool, husband Shawn and their children, Amanda Johnson and husband J.J.; Michael Claypool and wife Nina; Kaci Shepherd and husband Michael; Pam Schmidt, husband Mike and their children Matthew Schmidt and wife Rachel; Veronica Sulzen and husband Chris; Johnny Schmidt; and Christopher Schmidt; Colby Ballou and his children Taylor, Colton and Tanessa; and several great, great grandchildren and many much loved nieces and nephews.
Cleo loved her family - and her family loved her so very much. She will be remembered for her loving and caring nature, and her ever present sense of humor. She was a wonderful wife, Mother and "Momo." She had many physical limitations in her final years, but her strong faith in God gave her the strength and courage to face those without complaint. She was an inspiration and a wonderful example to her family and those who knew her. She will be missed, but her hardships are over and she is now in the arms of her Savior.
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