Jean Pearce (1932 - 2018)

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Longtime Anchorage resident Jean Rodgers Pearce, 86, died on Aug. 5, 2018, in Spring, Texas, of natural causes.
Family members and friends will gather at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, at Evergreen Memorial Chapel at 727 East Street, Anchorage, Alaska. A procession will leave at 12 p.m. for a 1 p.m. graveside service at Fort Richardson National Cemetery. Mrs. Pearce was born on Feb. 23, 1932, near Continental, Ohio. She joined the U.S. Air Force in 1950, meeting her husband, Humbert L. Pearce, at Ellington Air Force Base, Texas. They were married on Sept. 6, 1952. The family transferred to bases in Libya, Calif., and New Jersey before moving permanently to Anchorage in 1971.
Mrs. Pearce has a long record of volunteering, including: Military Wives Group (Husbands in Viet Nam), Boy and Girl Scouts, Providence and Humana hospitals, Susitna Girl Scouts Council, Anchorage Community College's Fridays 10 to 2 program and Ushering in the Arts. She worked for Three Sisters Fabrics and Nerland's Home Furnishings. She was a member of the Forget-Me-Nots, a retired Girl Scout leaders group.
Mrs. Pearce enjoyed reading science fiction, mysteries and popular science. She liked needlepoint, embroidery and sewing when she was not camping and boating with her family.
The family wrote: "Mrs. Pearce was an early feminist, even before the Women's Liberation Movement. Although she couldn't continue her military career because of gender limitations of the time, she still supported women's equality throughout her life. She also loved to travel. "Faraway Places" was her favorite song.
Mrs. Pearce is survived by her son, Michael Pearce of Spring, Texas; daughter, Cathryn Pearce Boyd of Peacehaven, England; daughter-in-law, Yulia Ningsih Pearce; son-in-law, Robert Boyd; grandchildren, Joseph Michael Pearce and Nadia Yuliana Pearce; step-granddaughter, Maja Boyd Ohland-Andersen; brothers, Donald and Robert Rodgers and niece, Kathleen Ryan.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Humbert Pearce; sister, Mary Baltar and parents, Dale Albert Rodgers and Lucille Allspach Rodgers.
Memorials may be sent to Girl Scouts of Alaska, Boy Scouts Great Alaska Council or Bean's cafe.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on Aug. 12, 2018
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