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Annie Ruth Pierce Collier, age 82, died peacefully with her family by her side on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

Annie Ruth was born on Aug. 14, 1936, the youngest of 10 children. She was a native and lifelong resident of Mathews. Annie Ruth worked at Hudgins Pharmacy and later Richardson’s Drug Store on Main Street in Mathews. She loved going to auctions, working in her flower beds, playing cards, going on bus trips and most of all spending time with her family. Annie Ruth was a member of Gwynn’s Island Baptist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star of Virginia Oriental Chapter No. 30.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Rubin Samuel and Eva Foster Pierce; sisters, Elva Dize, Doris Edwards, Mabel Simpson, Josephine Clark; brothers, Henley Pierce and Jack Stillman.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Clarence W. Collier; daughters, Tenna Safrit (Steve) and Cynthia Dorsey (Glenn); grandchildren, Allen Safrit (Becky), Eric Safrit, Grace Dorsey; two great-grandchildren, Reagan and Jase Safrit; two sisters, Margie Snow, Frances Ward (Jack); brother, John Robert Pierce (Peggy), and sister-in-law, Mildred Stillman.

A graveside service for family and friends was held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2019, at Gwynn’s Island Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mathews Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 723, Mathews, Va. 23109 or Gwynn’s Island Baptist Church, P.O. Box 26, Gwynn, Va. 23066.

The family would like to thank the staff of Riverside Convalescent Center-Mathews and Hospice for their compassion and support.

Services under the direction of Hogg Funeral Home.