Phyllis E. Piercey died in Olympia, WA. on August 22, 2022. She was born in Fargo, North Dakota on
January 17 th , 1927, to Charles V. and Irene (Svoboda) Larson. Her father came to Hoquiam, WA. in July,
1929 and found work and settled at Polson’s Railroad Camp. Her mother and three siblings followed,
arriving by train in October, 1929.
Phyllis attended the first grade at Polson’s and when the school closed in 1933 she attended Hoquiam
Central Grade School, Junior High and High School, graduating in 1944 with the honor group. After
graduation she ventured to Monterey, California with her lifelong friend, Lucille Key Martin, where she
worked at the Fort Ord Army Base hospital and later for the Ford Motor Co. in Salinas, CA.
She returned to Hoquiam in 1951 and worked for W.K. (Jack) Routt Accounting from 1951 to 1953 and
Twin Harbors Lumber Office until 1967.
Phyllis married Robert J. Piercey, November 12, 1954 in Hoquiam. In 1967 he graduated from St.
Martin’s College at the age of 45 and they moved to Sequim. While there she worked for Larkin and
Baker Accounting in Port Angeles. They returned to Elma in 1969 and she worked at the National Bank
of Commerce for one year. In July, 1970 she went to work in the Grays Harbor County Auditor’s Office in
the bookkeeping department. She was appointed Chief Deputy Auditor on February 1, 1973. On
January 1, 1981 she was appointed County Auditor to fill the unexpired term of the former auditor. She
successfully ran for the position in 1981, 1982 and 1986, retiring in 1989.
After retirement, Phyllis volunteered for many organizations, including the Shiba Insurance Program,
RSVP, Income Tax Aide, Beacon School Passport Club, Westport Lighthouse, Elma Rest Stop, Central Park
School and the Grays Harbor County Fair. The 2001 Fair was dedicated to her.
She is survived by one daughter; Marlys Hamilton, three sons; Rick, Robert James, Jr. (Dona) and Gary;
four granddaughters; one grandson; four great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of
Phyllis was pre-deceased by her loving husband, Robert, in July 1980; her parents; sisters, Verna Martin
and Patricia Nelson; brothers E.F. (Oddie) Larson, Llewellyn (Louie) Larson, who was lost in the Battle of
the Coral Sea, May 8, 1942 while serving on the oil tanker, U.S.S. Neosho and a daughter-in-law, Debbie
She was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church, Montesano, Hoquiam Alumni Association, Tall Ships,
AARP, Washington State Public Employees Retirement Association, Polson’s Museum and former
Aberdeen Business and Professional Women and Zonta Clubs.
She enjoyed playing cards, traveling, swimming, digging clams and especially loved times spent with her
children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, relatives and friends.
The family would like to thank Steve and Jill (Anderson) Hulbert for their many hours spent with her and
for Jill’s special treats.
Per her request there will be no formal services
Memorials may be sent to the charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements by McComb and Wagner, Shelton
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We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at McComb & Wagner Family Funeral Home and Crematory - Shelton