Viola Mae Pierce, formerly of DowningtownViola Mae Pierce, 79, of Lancaster, formerly of Downingtown, passed away Friday, Feb. 1, at the Essa Flory Hospice Center of Lancaster.

She was the widow of the late Charles N. Pierce Sr., who passed away in 1990 after they had shared 48 years of marriage together.

Born in Lyndell, she was the daughter of the late Samuel W. and Marietta Lessig Burkey.

She was a resident of Downingtown for 68 years and was a member of the Wyebrook Missionary Baptist in Elverson.

She is survived by six children, Charles Pierce Jr., husband of Karen, Anna Dowlin, wife of Newton, Ralph Pierce, husband of Lori, and Lucy Cumens, wife of Dave, all of Honey Brook, Marietta Ware, wife of Gary, and Judy Pierce, both of Lancaster; two siblings, Patsy Christie of Honey Brook and Clarence "Sonny" Burkey of Tennessee; 19 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 6 at Wilde Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorial donations be made to the Wilde Funeral Home at the above address. www.wildefuneralhome.com.

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