Joellen Pearce

Joellen McHenry


1930 - 2013

Joellen McHenry Pearce, 82, of Pensacola Beach, passed away on March 25, 2013 in Virginia Beach, VA. Born Nov. 29, 1930, in Greenfield, OH, she was the daughter of the late David McHenry and Opal Ryan Matlack. In addition to her parents, Joellen is preceded in death by her loving husband of 65 years, Dr. George F. Pearce and step-father, Floyd A. Matlack of Greenfield, OH. A graduate of the University of West Florida, she taught at Pine Meadow Elementary School in Pensacola, for twenty-five years. Joellen was a member of the Pensacola Running Association for over thirty years, and was known to win many medals in competition. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by her son, Steve Pearce of Greenfield, OH; daughter, Karen Cagni of Virginia Beach, VA; grandchildren, Stephanie Pearce Burke (Dennis), Carl Cagni (Brittany), Toni Cagni Cassell (Tim), and Angela Cagni Taylor (Steve); sister, Donna Nickerson of Chillicothe, OH; Charlene Kay Pearce of Greenfield, OH; great-grandchildren, Aiden Burke, Cy Taylor, Caitlin Cagni, Carey Burke, Kyle Cassell, Lindsey Cassell, Ashley Cassell, and Maria Burke; and a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 30th at 3 p.m. at Providence Presbyterian Church, 5497 Providence Road, Virginia Beach, VA. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to "Team Phinz," , 4416 Expressway Drive, Virginia Beach, VA, 23452. Please share memories with the family at

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Published in Pensacola News Journal on Mar. 29, 2013