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Winter Storm 2021

One of the hundreds of Texans who died in the 2021 winter storm was a Lubbock ex-hippie with a “brilliant, magical mind”

A year ago next week, a winter storm devastated Texas. The family members of one storm victim say her adventurous life shouldn’t have ended by freezing to death in an assisted living facility.

Beth Pierce keeps family photos, including one of her sister Cynthia Pierce, at her Austin home. Cynthia Pierce died of hypothermia during the February 2021 winter storm after the assisted living facility where she lived lost power.
Jo Carol Pierce says her sister Cynthia “was a real in-the-moment kind of person.”

Hippies in Lubbock

Jo Carol Pierce looks looks through family photos at her sister Beth’s home in Austin.

“She loved to learn”

Illness and loss lead to hard times

Beth Pierce looks out the window of her home in Austin.
A family photo sits on a table at the home of Beth Pierce in Austin. Cynthia Pierce, back left, died during Winter Storm Uri after the assisted living home she resided in lost power.

The hospital calls

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