Elizabeth Ihrie Pearce

Elizabeth Ihrie Pearce

Elizabeth Ihrie Pearce


Elizabeth Ihrie Pearce, 90, went home to be with the Lord Friday evening December 01 surrounded by her family. A native of Wake County, she was the daughter of the late John Haughton Ihrie Jr. and Mabel Clark Ihrie. After working with our dad for many years on the farm, she entered the public workforce with the N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles and later at the N.C. Cultural Resources, Archives and History.

Funeral services will be 3:00 p.m. Monday at Zebulon United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at the Town of Zebulon Cemetery.

Survivors include her children, daughters Patricia Pressley and husband, Tim of Chapel Hill and Bonnie Russ and husband, Mike of Durham; son, Donnie Pearce and wife, Tammy of Clayton; daughter-in-law Lisa Spivey Pearce of Garner. She was blessed with six grandchildren Perry Russ, Joe Russ, Megan Kornegay, Mary Somasundaram, Tyler Pearce, and Hunter Pearce. Her blessings continued with six great-grandchildren Caitlyn and Emma Russ, Ben and Hannah Russ, Liam Pearce and Piper Pearce.
Sibling survivors include Edward Ihrie of Wilson, Hazel Ihrie Horner of Raleigh, and George Pou Ihrie of Timmonsville, S.C.
The family is grateful for special friend and caregiver Estela Sandoval.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband James Leamon Pearce; sons James Leamon Pearce Jr. and Timothy Neil Pearce; grandchildren Timothy Jason Pressley and Hannah Victoria Pearce; siblings John Haughton Ihrie III, Margaret I. Crawford and Virginia I. Maxwell.

The family will receive friends Sunday December 03 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. at Strickland Funeral Home, Wendell and other times at the home.


  • Kay Perry Posted December 2, 2017 3:56 pm

    Donnie, so sorry to hear of the loss of your beautiful mother. God’s love will comfort you.

  • Jean Pressley Sparrow Posted December 3, 2017 8:21 am

    So sorry Pat. Now I know where you got your Beauty from. I know you will miss her. But now she is with Jesus, and seeing Colleen. What a beautiful thought.

  • John and Connie Middleswarth Posted December 6, 2017 5:06 am

    You were to us, a sweet, compassionate, gentle soul. Always quick with a smile and a kind words. Each time we met, I was the better for the meeting… You were loved by many and will always hold a special place in my heart and memories, as a life well lived, and as an example of Christian love. God rest you Miss Lib…

  • Stephen A. ‘Steve’ Stallings Posted December 6, 2017 10:43 am

    Trish, Donnie and Bonnie, I am so sorry to see Lib’s passing. I am living in Georgia now and totally missed the sad news. Lib was always the Star in the room whenever we had our Clark family reunion. She had some hard days but you never knew it. When I was around her I always went out feeling more positive than when I started my day. She was always a beautiful lady in features, but more importantly in personality. Her most important feature was her love for Jesus and that was the most beautiful feature she possessed. She had a beautiful life and brightened the way for others. What a wonderful legacy. I love you all.

  • Diane.. Posted December 6, 2017 8:40 pm

    It was a beautiful service for your Mom and I hope you and the rest of the family are pleased. Your niece had a wonderful expression giving her piece. Excellent presentation.
    I had never heard the poem that the pastor read . I even came home and found it on the computer and made a copy !
    Thanks for your family’s witness!

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