Mary Sue Pierce Boesinger, 93, died in Greenville, S.C. Wednesday, July 22, 2015. She was born in Welch, West Va. on March 7, 1922, the daughter of the Methodist Minister Rev. L. W. Pierce and Pearl Grace Riley. As a minister's child, she attended school in many small West Virginia and Virginia towns. Mary Sue graduated from Emory and Henry College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1943. During the 1940's as a recent college graduate, Mary Sue was proud of her contributions to the war effort as a laboratory worker at the Hercules Powder Company in Radford, VA. She continued her career as a gifted high school and middle school teacher of English and Mathematics.
With her marriage to Julien "Boes" Boesinger in 1947, she began her new career as a mother of two beloved daughters, Margaret Lewis born in Harriman, TN in 1949 and Emily Grace in Nashville, TN in 1953. She and Boes moved from Nashville to Sylva N.C. and then to Cincinnati, Ohio in 1959 with the Mead Pulp and Paper Corporation. During their fifty years in Cincinnati, Mary Sue was instrumental in establishing the nursery care at Armstrong Chapel United Methodist Church. As a substitute teacher for the Madeira Public School system, Mary Sue found the opportunity to share her lifelong love of learning and her love of children with her community.
She was an active member of the Salvation Army and a supporter of the fine arts in her community. Mary Sue was also an accomplished weaver who attended the Penland School of Crafts and became a member of the Cincinnati Weaver's Guild An avid reader even after losing her vision to macular degeneration, Mary Sue would advise her children to never be caught without something to read. She often said that the Library for the Blind saved her sanity and that her insight was better than her eyesight. She loved mathematics, the stock market, crossword puzzles, acrostics, sewing and knitting. Her grandchildren became one of her greatest joys. Those closest to her remember "Mama Sue's summer camp" at her home in Cincinnati, her uncanny ability to quote poetry, and her fried chicken, which was unequaled.
Mary Sue is survived by her daughters, Margaret Sjoberg (Eric) and Emily Holloway (John): loving grandchildren Abigail, Sarah, Michael and Pierce, special friend Maggie Kornreich Glazer (Richard) and many nephews and nieces.
A celebration of her life will be held in the mountains of Virginia at a future date. To honor her memory, donations may be made to Read and Feed, 193 High House Rd, Cary, N.C. 27512 or the Fuquay Emergency Food Pantry, 216 W. Academy St., Fuquay Varina, N.C. 27526.