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Phyllis J. (Dodge) Pierce

Phyllis J. (Dodge) Pierce, 93, formerly of Broadway, Ipswich, and wife of the late Arthur S. Pierce, died Saturday March 29, 2014 in the Blueberry Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Beverly following her long illness.

Born in Everett July 4, 1920 daughter of the late Charles and Florence (Holbrook) Dodge, she was a 1939 graduate of  the Augusta, ME public schools. She was married in 1943 in LosAngeles,  where for several years she was employed long distance operator. The Pierces soon came to Ipswich where they  made their home and raised their family.

She was an avid reader of fiction and will  fondly be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church in Ipswich.  

She is survived by a daughter, Nancy L. Saco of Danvers; two sons, Keith D. Pierce of Gloucester and Kevin C. Pierce of Ipswich; five grandchildren, Wendy Pierce and  Tammy Pierce both of Amesbury, Carla Saco of Beverly, and Tony Zane and  Wesley Pierce both of Salem; seven great grandsons and several nephews and nieces. She was the mother of the late Raymond F. Pierce formerly of South Boston; and sister of the late Howard W. Dodge formerly of NY and Charles Dodge formerly of Lancaster.

Her funeral service will be held graveside 11:30 am Saturday, April 5, in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Town Farm Road, Ipswich. Family and friends are cordially welcomed.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in her name may be made to  the Alzheimer's Association MA/NH, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472.

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