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Marguerite Pearson
Marguerite Estelle (Lenwell) Pearson departed this life on February 27, 2015, after a few years of heart problems. She was born in Toledo, Ohio, on June 15, 1927, to Don and Christine (Milne) Lenwell. During the Great Depression, her parents decided to divorce. Margie and her brothers went to live with Mom and Aunt Marg (Milne) in Washington, D.C. Her father wrote two kind letters to her near the time of her high school graduation.
As a girl, Margie lived a block from Rock Creek Park with its zoo, and she could hear animals making their sounds from her bedroom at night.
Starting at age 10, she sang in her church choir and she kept singing for 68 years at her home church wherever she was living. She was glad her uncles and aunts lived nearby and visited her.
Beginning in childhood, she learned a great deal about movies and actors, especially from the 1930s and 1940s. Late in WWII, Margie worked as a clerk for the defense department.
She met her beloved husband, David Theodore Pearson, at a church basketball game in January 1946. In January 1947, they were married in a small chapel at the National Cathedral.
Their first son was born 17 months later in Washington, D.C. They moved to New Hampshire where Dave was attending college. There, Dave and Margie welcomed two more sons. The family moved to Utah with one van-body Studebaker truck full of belongings. Margie bore three more sons in Utah.
Mom was the official scorekeeper for Little League baseball games in Utah and Montana. Marguerite and the family moved to Billings, Mont., in 1960, and then Missoula in 1963. Margie and Dave helped establish the first program for deaf and hard of hearing children for the Missoula school district.
Then Dave was hired in Richland, Wash., and later by Columbia Basin College. While in the Tri-Cities, Margie sold Avon products and helped raise the children. She was a good cook and careful about nutrition. After a few years, Margie began to work as a secretary for companies at Hanford. She typed 80 words per minute and was skilled in shorthand. She was active in Toastmistress.
In the 1970s, she began her college career and then finished two bachelor's degrees at Central Washington University in Ellensburg. Then, Margie worked in the Tri-Cities as a substitute teacher, mental health staff person, and real estate agent. Margie and Dave bought land in Ellensburg in 1976 and moved here in 1988.
She loved music and played the piano and keyboard at home. She and Dave sang in the Community Chorus and the choir in Grace Episcopal Church. Together, they also traveled internationally. She learned to speak a few languages so she could make conversation in some countries.
She searched for her ancestors very tenaciously for 35 years and found many of them. She volunteered for years at the Family History Center and the F.I.S.H. Food Bank. She was part of a long-time group of bridge-playing friends.
Marguerite is survived by: her husband, Dave; and her sons David Jr., and his wife Mickey; her son Robert and grandson Nicholas; her son Richard; her son William and his wife Valerie and grandchildren Matthew and Amanda; her son Michael; and her son Thomas and his wife Rona and grandchildren Pauleen and Hannah; her nieces and nephews; her sisters-in-law; and some good friends.
A memorial will be announced later, to be held in the Spring in Ellensburg.
Online condolences to the family may be left at www.brooksidefhc.com
Arrangements by Brookside Funeral Home & Crematory.

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Published in Daily Record from Mar. 7 to Mar. 14, 2015
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