February 11, 2014
Grace Pierce Longton, age 86, died Jan. 6, 2014.
She was born in Worthington, Minn., on July 13, 1927, to Edith and Rev. Albert Dahlby. She was the youngest child and had three older brothers: Steve, Jack and Phil. Grace spent her childhood in Kansas City, Mo. until the age of 12, and then the Dahlby family moved to Elgin, Ill., and later moved to Seattle, in 1943, before settling in Issaquah, where her father served as the pastor of Issaquah Community Baptist Church.
After graduating from Broadway High School in Seattle, Grace attended the University of Redlands in California. She married Master Sgt. Roy Pierce in 1946, and lived in Hawaii, Oklahoma and Newfoundland before moving back to Issaquah, where she raised her children Karen, Steven and Marty. Roy died in 1978.
Grace was employed at Boeing for 32 years, first as a reference librarian, and later as a member of management. While at Boeing, she met Dave Longton, whom she married in 1991. Together, they have enjoyed an adventurous life, traveling extensively throughout Europe, Mexico and the U.S.
Grace is survived by her husband David M. Longton; children Karen Pierce, Steven Pierce and Marty (Rick) Steinmetzer; and grandsons Luke and Shane Steinmetzer. She is also survived by her brother Philip Dahlby.
Grace embraced life with enthusiasm. She enjoyed wonderful friendships at church, with “Group,” and meeting new friends in her travels near and far. She was a woman of faith, and always thankful, especially for Dave and his love for her.
There will be a memorial service for Grace on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at 11 a.m., at Living Hope Bible Church, 205 Mountain Park Blvd. S.W., Issaquah, WA 98027.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice.