Obituary of Mary Pierce
March 16, 1928 - June 16, 2017
Mary Patricia “Molly” (Brady) Pierce of Vancouver, Washington died
at Community Hospice, on Friday, June 16 at the age of 89. She was
born in Bayonne, New Jersey on March 16, 1928, daughter of the late
Alfred V. and Mary E.(Korbelak)Brady. She graduated from Bayonne
High School in 1945, and attended New Jersey College for Women of
Rutgers University. She completed her bachelor’s and master’s
degrees in Communications in 1981 at the University of North
Carolina at Greensboro.
Molly displayed a remarkable talent for the performing arts from an
early age, playing piano by sight and by ear, singing, and dancing
both tap and ballet. She sang with a college quartet, “The Sleepy
Time Gals,” with her sister Rosemary. In the early 1950s she modeled
in New York City, and sang with, “The Sunnysiders,” a quartet that
later became “The Manhattans.” The group performed across the
United States and Canada, recorded four singles, and joined a USO
tour of Europe in 1956. Molly also performed in college and
community theatre, including productions of “The Taming of the
Shrew,” “Once Upon A Mattress,” “Da,” and “The Trojan Women.”
On January 26, 1957, Molly married trumpeter Richard F. “Dick”
Pierce of Saranac Lake, New York. They shared sixty years of
marriage and a deep love of all kinds of music, especially classical
In addition to the performing arts, Molly was active in the several
communities where she lived(Riverdale, N.Y.; Bayonne, N.J.; High
Point, N.C.; Martinsville, Va.; Torrington, Ct.; Alpharetta, Ga.;
Cincinnati, Ohio; and Vancouver, Wa.), most notably on the parish
councils at the Catholic Church, in the YWCA where she instructed
swimming and water safety classes, and as a substitute teacher In
the 1990s she earned her credential as an ESOL instructor and found
a new passion teaching English to adults in Bayonne public schools
and as ESOL program director at St. Francis Catholic Church in New
A true “renaissance woman,” Molly took a keen interest in all aspects
of human endeavor, exploring world cultures, politics, and her Irish
and Slovak roots through travel, reading, film and theatre. She was in
one of the first tour groups to visit China in 1979.
She leaves her husband, Dick; daughter Jennifer “Jenny” Teppo and
son-in- law, Arnie, of Vancouver; son R. Andrew “Andy” Pierce of
Quincy, Massachusetts; granddaughters Kirsi Teppo, Senja Teppo,
Anika Teppo and Ilsa Teppo; sister Rosemary(Brady)Monagan of
Washington, D.C.; and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.
She is predeceased by brothers Alfred V. Brady and Harold J. Brady.
Services are private. Donations may be made to Phame Academy in
Portland, Oregon at their website phamepdx.org.
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