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Phyllis Pierce, secretary

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Saturday, March 5, 2011; 8:00 PM

Phyllis Pierce, 95, who was a secretary at the National Institute of Standards and Technology for many years, died Jan. 31 at the Springvale Terrace retirement community in Silver Spring. She had a heart ailment.

Mrs. Pierce came to Washington in 1940 as a stenographer. She worked for several federal agencies before joining NIST, where she spent more than 20 years. After retiring from the government in the 1980s, Mrs. Pierce continued working as a secretary for private businesses until she was 70.

Phyllis Marie Shaughnessy was born in Butte, Mont., and attended a secretarial school in her home town.

She lived for many years in Kensington, where she was a member of Christ Episcopal Church. She later was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Silver Spring.

Her husband of 44 years, Marshall Pierce, died in 1986.

Survivors include three children, Marilyn Boesch of Bristow, Daniel Pierce of Silver Spring and Donna Bejian of Rome, N.Y.; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

- Matt Schudel

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