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PEARSON, Shirley Lee
Beloved mother, grandmother and great- grandmother, passed away peacefully on Oct. 23, 2012. Mother was known and loved for her wonderful interest in everything, for her love of learning, her charm, graciousness and elegance. Born in Winnipeg, on Feb. 25, 1919 to Amy Lee and William Ewart Parnum, Shirley's family moved to West Vancouver and eventually Ottawa during the war. Here she met and married John Warren Pearson with whom she celebrated 62 years together. They lived in Portland Oregon, Cleveland Ohio, and Memphis Tennessee, until moving to Sarnia in 1957 where John continued his career with Swift Feeds Co. Shirley was a devoted wife and mother, raising 3 wonderful children. She was a quintessential self taught person who could successfully turn her hand to anything, including sewing, oil painting, and playing piano. She was a great lover of the country, beach, water, birds, her gardens and all gentle natural beauty. Our ever independent dearest Mother was given the opportunity to live exactly as she had wished until her last moments. Shirley is survived by her children, John (Marilyn, Marianne), Lee Ford- Jones (Anthony) and Brian (Lesley). She was very proud of her 6 grandchildren, Emily and Madeline, Carrie (Jeff Butt) and Polly (Omar Tayara), Jennifer and Michael as well as her great grandchildren Dylan, Carys and Philippa Ford- Jones. She will be sadly missed by all. Thank you very much to the skill, kindness and diligence of the Lambton Paramedics, Kevin and Dan, and the wonderful Bluewater Health Emergency Department and 4th Floor Telemetry Medicine Unit Nurses and Physicians in Sarnia, all of whom were deeply appreciated by Shirley and all her family. A Reception will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at SMITH FAMILY CENTRE, 1576 London Line, Sarnia from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Donations may be made in memory to the local Rotary Club or the charity of your choice (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Nov. 10, 2012