Shirley May Pearce, 88, of Marianna, formerly of Bureau, passed away Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at Washington Rehab and Nursing Center in Chipley. She was born May 10, 1924, in Hennepin, Ill., to Alfred and Julia (Henning) Morine. She grew up in Hennepin and graduated from Hennepin High School. She also graduated from Brown Business College. Shirley worked for Victory House in Seneca, and for the Boy Scouts of America during World War II. Shirley married Franklin Pearce on March 19, 1946, at the Methodist Church in Hennepin. She was a librarian in Bureau. Shirley was a Cub Scout Den Mother and started a troop in Bureau. Shirley was seamstress and made all her family's clothing. She and her husband were native to Illinois and moved to Marianna, in 1995 from Live Oak. She also started a library at Washington Rehab and Nursing Center where she resided in Chipley, Shirley taught Sunday school at her nursing home and was president of the residents association. Shirley also received the Hall of Fame award at her nursing home. She was a longtime member of the Bureau Congregational Church and the Grace United Methodist Church in Marianna.
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Mrs. Pearce was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, and one grandson in infancy, Micah Pearce.
Shirley is survived by her children, Bruce A. (Caroline) Pearce of Metamora, Carol Susan Labrecque of Seffner, and Nancy L. (David) Sandham of Marianna; three grandchildren, Robert Labrecque, Christopher Pearce and Michael Pearce; three great-grandchildren; three sisters, Marjorie (the late Bill) Bruer of Washington, Ill., Patricia (the late Edwin) Hank of Lacon and Nellie Ruth (David) Newburn of Bureau Junction; one brother, John (Patricia) Morine of Buda, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at the Bureau Congregational Church in Bureau Junction Ill., Pastor Jack Stites officiating. Burial followed in the Riverside Cemetery in Hennepin, Ill. There will be a memorial service at Grace United Methodist Church in Marianna, on Wednesday March 6th at 2 p.m. to honor Shirley. Memorials may be directed to Grace United Methodist Church in Marianna, or Bureau Congregational Church in Bureau Junction Ill.
Published in Washington County News and Holmes County Times-Advertiser on Mar. 6, 2013