Kathleen (Murphy) Pierce

March 28th, 2019

Kathleen (Murphy) Pierce, age 77, of Lady Lake, FL, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away on March 24, 2019.

Kathleen was born on July 7, 1941 in Lawrence, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late John M. and Helen (McAvoy) Murphy. Kathleen was raised in Lawrence as part of a loving family of five sisters.

Kathleen met her husband, William “Bill” Pierce, in 1958; the couple dated for a few years before getting married on August 7, 1960. Kathleen and Bill lived in Lynn before moving to Wilmington in 1963, where they raised their three children, Bill, Colleen and John.

Kathleen worked at J.B. Thomas hospital as a clerk; through her hard work and dedication to her job, Kathleen was promoted to a purchasing officer. She worked as a purchasing officer for many years before she decided to make a career change. Kathleen went to work at General Electric in Lynn as a fork truck driver. Kathleen loved her job and worked there for many years before she retired.

Kathleen and Bill loved to spend time at their homes in Wells, ME and Lady Lake, FL. They spent winters in Florida and summers in Maine before moving to Florida permanently. Kathleen loved the ocean and the sand. She enjoyed spending time with her sisters who also moved to Florida. In her spare time, she enjoyed relaxing and catching up on her latest television shows.

Kathleen will be remembered as a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother; she loved to spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Kathleen was the beloved wife of 58 years of William A. Pierce, devoted mother of William C. Pierce & his wife Lois of Jamestown, RI, Colleen Pettinati & her husband John of Canton, GA and John Pierce & his wife Kathleen of Wilmington, loving grandmother of Emily, Corey, Kyle, Michaila, Jonathan, Brendan and Shauna, cherished daughter of the late John M. and Helen (McAvoy) Murphy, dear sister of Michele Herrick & her late husband Allan, Helen Thomson & her late husband James all of Lady Lake, FL, Jacqueline Goodwin & her husband Ronald of Tewksbury and the late Patricia Peterson & her late husband Theodore. Kathleen is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62) on Monday, April 1st at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, March 31st from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Kathleen’s name may be made to The Children’s Health Defense, 1227 North Peachtree Pkwy, Suite 202, Peachtree City, GA 30269.


4 Entries in Guest Book for “Kathleen (Murphy) Pierce”

  1. janet manuel says:

    John, sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time. May she rest in peace.

  2. Cheryl and tom says:

    So sorry for your loss john

  3. Helen says:

    Sweet Kathy, i will miss you deeply, I love you and always will

  4. Gary S. says:

    Billy, Colleen, and John Michael… I was sad to see the story about your mom’s passing. I last saw her 20 years ago when I was walking through the old neighborhood. She gave me the biggest, warmest hug. I sat and talked with your mom and dad in the kitchen. It brought me back to those crazy childhood days, and it was nice to see them and laugh and reminisce.

    And Mr. P… I think about you every October 19… our shared birthday.

    Be well, and my thoughts are with you all.

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