New York, NY
- Esther Mumford Peirce, age 88, died quietly in her son's home on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Throughout her life, she was a spirited, compassionate, light of love for all who knew her and she will be sorely missed.
Esther was born in Louisville, KY, on April 1, 1929, and married Carey G. Mumford Jr. in 1952. Following their divorce, Esther raised her four children as a single mother, while attending graduate school at Atlanta, GA's Emory University School of Nursing to earn her master's degree in psychiatric nursing. She pursued a successful career in psychiatric nursing, initiating and directing the first Atlanta area Suicide Prevention Center into the late 1960s.
She was married to Dr. E. Converse Peirce II, M.D., in 1966, creating a combined family of eight children. They moved to Pelham Manor, NY, in 1970, where Esther continued her career in various roles supporting psychiatric nursing.
In their later years, Esther and Converse made their home in Hancock Point, ME, where they were both instrumental in community and county affairs for the remainder of their lives. Esther chaired the HPVIS board for some years and was actively involved in directing what was then the Maine Coast Medical facility in Ellsworth. Following Converse's death in 2003, Esther continued her active role the Hancock County community with charitable work, most especially the Hancock Women's Club Santa Fund. She relocated with family in NY in recent years as a result of her health.
She is survived by her brother, Ansel Worley; her children, Marjorie G. Peirce, Carey G. Mumford III (Chip), Edmund C. Peirce III (Ned), L. Catherine Mumford Wilson, Dr. James M. Mumford M.D., Elizabeth D. Peirce, George M. Mumford and George E. Peirce; as well as thirteen grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Those who loved her most can only say that Esther's greatest contribution to us all was intangible: Her kindness, her strength of purpose, her unflagging support of those in real need and most especially her unqualified love, are gifts that benefited everyone she knew. We hope these gifts will continue to give dividends for many generations to come.
A memorial service is planned at the Hancock Point Chapel on August 12, at 4 p.m. with reception to follow.
The family wishes to express their gratitude and requests that in lieu of flowers that donations be directed to: Maine Coast Memorial Hospital Foundation, 50 Union St., Ellsworth, ME 04605, mainehospital.org (donate link) or the Hancock (Maine) Women's Club Santa Fund, (207-422-9141).
Published on  June 24, 2017