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Mary Catherine Grier Pierce Spencer was born March 28, 1932 in Gaston County, North Carolina to the late Leland and Pearl Stowe Grier.  She was the fourth child born of this union.  She departed this life Friday, December 16, 2016 at CaroMont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, North Carolina.  

“Cat” as she was sometimes called, accepted Christ at an early age.  Her spiritual journey began at the tender age of ten years old and continued throughout her life as she worked in various ministries.

Catherine was united in Holy Matrimony to Alfred Pierce, Jr. (a.k.a. Speedy) from this union she was blessed with three sons, Tony, Ricky, and Tyrrell.  Later in life she was joined in marriage to LJ Spencer.

In her professional life, Catherine worked and retired from the North Carolina School System as a kitchen supervisor.  After retiring she began her new role as a caregiver for family member and friends.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Alfred Pierce, Jr. and LJ Spencer; son, Tony Pierce; two brothers, Odell Grier and Robert Grier.

Those left to mourn and cherish her memories includes two sons, Ricky (Rhonda) of Tampa, FL and Tyrrell, Sr. of Gastonia, N.C.; daughter-in-law, Virginia Pierce of Gastonia, N.C.; three granddaughters, Chaunta of Tampa, FL, Tonya of Gastonia, N.C., Lacresha of Atlanta, GA an adopted granddaughter, Nikole of Cleveland, OH; five grandsons, David (Tahirah), Marlon, Michael all of Cleveland, OH, Tyrrell, Jr. and Chris both of Gastonia, N.C.; sister, Helon (Willie) of Gastonia, N.C.; brother, James of Gastonia, N.C.; a host of great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives, church family and friends.
 

Funeral Arrangements

PLACE OF SERVICE
Center Baptist Church
3301 S. New Hope Road
Gastonia, N.C.

DATE and TIME
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 @ 2:00 P.M.

VISITATION
The family will receive friends at the church for thirty minutes prior to the funeral
(1:30 until 2:00 P.M.

BURIAL
Church Cemetery
 
 

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  • Monday, December 19, 2016
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Costner Funeral Home
  • Tuesday, December 20, 2016
    Family, you all have my deepest sympathy. I was saddened to here of, as we called her Cat's passing. In times like these we have to find comfort in HIS word, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Believe and trust HIM to lift our hearts. Love and blessings to All of you, ITMNOJ.
    ~ Reever White   Cramerton, NC
  • Tuesday, December 20, 2016
    I will miss my Aunt Kat. I will miss the conversations and all the laughs we've shared! I value the relationship we had. I know I will see her again so I won't be sad.. And I know she wouldn't want me to be sad.. Instead I will be joyful. She will always be in my heart.
    ~ Tonya Brown   Stone Mountain, GA
  • Tuesday, December 20, 2016
    I will miss my Aunt Kat. I will miss the conversations and all the laughs we've shared! I value the relationship we had. I know I will see her again so I won't be sad.. And I know she wouldn't want me to be sad.. Instead I will be joyful. She will always be in my heart.
    ~ Tonya Brown   Stone Mountain, GA
  • Tuesday, December 20, 2016
    I will miss my Aunt Kat. I will miss the conversations and all the laughs we've shared! I value the relationship we had. I know I will see her again so I won't be sad.. And I know she wouldn't want me to be sad.. Instead I will be joyful. She will always be in my heart.
    ~ Tonya Brown   Stone Mountain, GA
  • Friday, December 30, 2016
    So sorry for your loss. Death can be very hard for all of to go through. God does provide us with some comfort and hope. Psalm 34:18 says Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted.
    ~ Lisa L