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PIERCE, Nancy Granieri Willford


Nancy Granieri Pierce, 77, of Phoenix, passed away September 5, 2004. Nancy was raised in the eastern Arizona town of Clifton. She was born to Joseph and Helen Swain Granieri in San Pedro, California during a summer vacation on August 15, 1927. She finished grade school and most of her high school in Clifton - ultimately graduating from Tucumcari, New Mexico high school. Nancy was precocious as a child and was intellectually exceptional throughout her lifetime. She led the life of an eclectic, pursuing a range of personal interests in arts, drama and a continuing lifelong love of education - amassing hundreds of hours of university credits. She earned a B.S. degree in Psychology from Arizona State University in 1954. She was a voracious reader - sometimes reading 3 or 4 books a day. She was perhaps best described by her friends as "cosmopolitan". She had an outstanding alto voice and was a member of the Bach and Madrigal Society, the St. Stephens choir, Christ Church of the Ascension choir, Cantemus and several other singing groups. She was a member of the Cultural Committee of the Governor's Arizona-Mexico Commission. She was the Librarian for Scottsdale Loloma school. She wrote self-teaching texts for Learning, Inc. of Scottsdale. She accepted a position of Supervisor of Programmed Instruction and Evaluation for Honeywell, Inc. in Massachusetts and developed training texts for the Cobalt language. She belonged to the Phoenix Little Theater, the Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Young Audiences - and did public relations work for most of the organizations she supported. She worked for the US Air Force Dependents High School in Dreux, France - acting as a teacher of Speech and Public Speaking, librarian, editor of the school yearbook, and created a Drama department which presented the first play ever done at the school. And, she was a continuing "Friend of PBS" Channel 8. Nancy led a rich and rewarding life. Her many friends will miss her warm and unselfish contributions to the groups with which she belonged. She is survived by her brothers, Joe and Charles Granieri, her half-sister Mari Markey, her niece Candis Wattis and her nephews, Swain, Duane and Charles Granieri. Her husband John Pierce preceded her in death in 1995. Services for Nancy will be held at Christ Church of the Ascension, 4015 E. Lincoln Blvd. at 11 A.M. on Saturday, September 11, 2004. Interment will be at St. Francis Cemetery. Arrangements by Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home. Published in The Arizona Republic from 9/9/2004 - 9/10/2004.