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Grace Pierce

March 16, 1926 — December 23, 2021

STURBRIDGE: Grace Pierce, 95, of Sturbridge, left us on December 23, 2021, passing peacefully in her sleep after a short illness. Grace was predeceased by her husband, William; her parents Raymond and Gladys Lillie, and her brothers, Raymond, Stanley and Curtis. She is survived by her sister Ruth Russo of Texas; her 2 sons William Pierce and his wife Yvonne of Bolinas, CA; Richard Pierce and his wife Geraldine of Boylston, MA; her daughter Elizabeth Ford of Egg Harbor City, NJ; her grandchildren Heather, Benjamin, Raury, Rebecca, Kelley, and William; her great grandchildren Leila, Kate and William; and her beloved and devoted furry friend, Buddy. Grace was born in Abington, MA and was one of five children. As a child, Grace helped on the family’s small farm, graduated high school and graduated business school in Boston. She then met her “Wild Bill”, a Marine returning from a tour in the South Pacific during World War II. They married shortly after the war. The couple moved to Virginia, had three children, then in the early 1960’s moved to Sturbridge, where Grace designed and decorated her dream home and lived there for the rest of her life. Grace was an avid gardener. She never met a lobster she didn’t love and was an amazing crafts-woman. Grace loved her family and relished her time with her children and grandchildren. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, January 6th from 4 to 6 PM at Belanger Bullard Funeral Home, 51 Marcy Street, Southbridge, Massachusetts. A private burial service will follow on Friday, January 7th at the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Agawam, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Grace’s name to: Big Hair Animal Rescue in Sturbridge, MA. at Belanger Bullard Funeral Home is directing arrangements. An online guest book is available at <iframe class="ts_player" allowfullscreen="true" allowtransparency="true" allow="autoplay; fullscreen" frameborder="0" height="330" scrolling="no" src="" width="512"></iframe>
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Thursday, January 6, 2022

4:00 - 6:00 pm (Eastern time)

Belanger-Bullard Funeral Home

51 Marcy St, Southbridge, MA 01550

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Friday, January 7, 2022

Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery

1390 Main St, Agawam, MA 01001

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