Virginia Pearl (Southard) Peirce\n\nEXETER - Virginia Pearl Peirce, 93, passed away peacefully September 12, 2022 at Pleasant Meadows in Dover-Foxcroft. Virginia was born July 31, 1929 in Bangor, a daughter of Vernal and Velzora Southard. She was raised by Vernal and her loving stepmother Dorothy Southard in Bradford. She graduated from Bradford High School in 1947 and married Carl Peirce that same year. They raised 5 children in their Exeter home where she lived for 70 years.\n\nVirginia worked in retail many years to help provide for her family. She enjoyed trying her luck at the slots and was well known at the local Bingo games. She will be remembered for her mile high biscuits, baked beans, and a family favorite, blond brownies, Christmas dinners, her laugh and very honest nature. Among her many loves were Cardinals, old westerns, a good ole red hotdog, flowers, Christmas, and anytime spent by a lake.\n\nAbove all else, was the love she held for her family. This was evident through her home as photos of every child and grandchild were displayed on every wall. She was proud of her 8 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and 9 great great grandchildren. She could be found at every family function or special event. She had great pride in all of her family. She is also survived by a daughter Marcia and husband Dalton Meagher of Corinna; sons, Malcolm and wife Valerie Peirce, Mark and wife Gayle Peirce; and daughters in law Sheila Neal and Paula Peirce, all of Exeter; as well as nieces and nephews.\n\nVirginia was predeceased by her husband of 57 years; sons Michael and Marvin Peirce; siblings Arlene Shields, Shirley Southard, Wallace Blowers; great great granddaughter Korie Fleming; and her beloved horse Pal.\n\nThe family would like to thank the staff of Kindred Hospice and Pleasant Meadows for their care. Also special thanks to her roommate Louise Dulac who became close friends with her. Also they wish to acknowledge daughter in law Sheila who was a special friend and partner in crime, her granddaughter Laurie for the many all nighters spent with Virginia, and the family caretakers that allowed her to stay home as long as possible.\n\nA graveside committal service will be held at 1 P.M Sunday, October 23rd at the Crowell Cemetery, Exeter. A reception will follow at the Exeter School.\n\nArrangements are by Crosby & Neal.