Audrey Smith Pierce, 93, of Mathews, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. She was born on April 19, 1927 on Gwynn’s Island and grew up during “The Great Depression.” She shared many stories about those times on the Island and it was a real history lesson. Audrey studied at Virginia Wesleyan College and was a graduate of Mathews High School Class of 1944. She completed 30 years of government service as a civil service employee, finishing her career as the Base Librarian at Dam Neck Naval Base, Virginia Beach, Virginia. She loved cooking, sewing, crafts, Scrabble and spending time with her family and friends. She was a charter member of New Town United Methodist Church, Williamsburg, Va.
Audrey was predeceased by her parents, Aubrey D. Smith and Virginia Dare Ashberry; her baby sister, Shirley; her brother, Thomas W. “Dickie” Smith, and her sister, Minnie Palmer Hubbard.
She is survived by her son, James E. Cole IV and his wife Nell; her daughter, Virginia Carol Cobb and her husband Russell; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to New Town UMC, 5209 Monticello Ave., Williamsburg, Va. 23188. Faulkner Funeral Homes, Foster-Faulkner Chapel, Mathews, is assisting the family.