Mary Elizabeth Pierce Lipe, age 86 of Greenville, passed away 6:05 a.m. Tuesday, June 24, 2014 in Hitz Nursing Home, Alhambra, Illinois.
Funeral services will be held at 8:00 p.m. Saturday, June 28, 2014 at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. Saturday until service time. In Lieu of flowers the family request memorials may be made to Hitz Memorial Home in Alhambra, or Bond County Hospice at Donnell-Wiegand.
Mary Elizabeth Carpenter, the daughter of William Henry Carpenter and Blanche C. Wilson Carpenter was born on November 25, 1927 in Two Harbors, Minnesota, and was raised there.
At the age of 14 her family moved to Pittsburg, Illinois where she attended the one room schools and graduated from Mulberry Grove High School. Mary and Alois M. Pierce were united in marriage on April 19, 1946 in Pittsburg and they enjoyed just 18 years together before his death on April 25, 1964. They made their home in Collinsville and Granite City where Alois found employment. Mary raised their three children who survive: Bruce Randall (Marilyn) Pierce of San Tan Valley, AZ, Jacqueline Rae Wise of Mt.Olive, and Scott Douglas Pierce of Greenville. Mary is also survived by her brother David (LouAnn) Carpenter of Lima, Ohio, seven grandchildren:Craig (Sherri) Pierce, Jason (Angela) Pierce, Kevin (Holly) Wise, Robin (John) Wise, Jericho Pierce, Randall Pierce, Amanda Pierce, and seven great-grandchildren: Madison Pierce, Jasmine Pierce, Nathan Willeford, Dayan Willeford, Charlie Pierce, Randall Pierce Jr., and Macon Pierce.
Mary and Jackie Edward Lipe were united in marriage on November 27, 1976 and enjoyed over 35 years together before his death on April 7, 2012. They made their home in Sorento, moving to Greenville in 2006.
Mary is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Alois Pierce, Edward Lipe, and her brother Allen Ernest Carpenter.