Gladys Jane Craven Pierce July 29, 1927 - August 25, 2013 MOORESVILLE - Gladys Jane Craven Pierce, 86, of Mooresville, died peacefully on Sunday morning, August 25, 2013, surrounded by her family at the Gordon Hospice House in Statesville, NC. She was born July 29, 1927 to the late Arthur Floyd Craven and Willie Elizabeth Poston Craven in Mooresville, NC. Gladys was a graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, NC where she was voted most witty in her class. She taught high school business classes, raised her family, and later worked as a mail carrier. She was a lifelong member of Triplett United Methodist Church where she was active in choir, Sunday school, and United Methodist Women. She was a 4-H leader, Cub Scout leader, Iredell County Homemaker's Club member, and United Daughters of the Confederacy member. Her hobbies included travel, letter writing, gardening, reading, cooking, hosting parties (especially her annual Christmas party) and journaling. Gladys' focus in life was her family and friends, and she loved welcoming people into her home In 1953, she married Charles Herbert Pierce who died in 2007. They were married 53 years and lived all their married life in the same Victorian house on their farm in the Mazeppa community, where she had grown up. She is survived by two sons, Charles LaMont Pierce and wife, Beverly Partin Pierce and her daughter, Nicole Johnson, and Andre Craven Pierce and wife, Rosemary McNiel, and their two sons, James Murray Pierce and Walter Blythe Pierce. The family will receive friends on Friday, August 30, 2013 at Cavin-Cook Funeral Home in Mooresville, NC from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Her funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 31 at 11:00 am at Triplett United Methodist Church in Mooresville, NC with burial immediately following in the church cemetery. The family requests memorials be made to Triplett United Methodist Church, 838 Mazeppa Rd, Mooresville, NC 28115, or to the Gordon Hospice House, 2347 Simonton Rd, Statesville, NC 28625. The family extends heartfelt thanks to her friends in the church and the community, and to the staff of Summit Place of Mooresville and the Gordon Hospice House.