Elizabeth Applewhite Pearsall (1926 - 2018)

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ELIZABETH APPLEWHITE PEARSALL Elizabeth Applewhite Pearsall died peacefully at home on August 7, 2018. She is survived by four children, William Pearsall SJ in Edinburgh, Scotland, Melva Pearsall Calder (husband, Robert Calder) of Wilmington, Alice Pearsall Pleasants (husband, James Pleasants) of Rocky Point and Horace Hall Pearsall, III (wife, Karen) of Paso Robles, California. She is also survived by granddaughters Rachel Pleasants DeLise (husband, Douglas DeLise), Nikita Kinsell, grandsons Richard Blake Pleasants, Jesse Kinsell (wife Suree) and great-grandson Brycen Thomas DeLise and great- granddaughter Sharon Kinsell. She was married for sixty-eight years to Horace Hall Pearsall, Jr., who preceded her in death, 2014. Mrs. Pearsall was born in Wilmington on November 24th, 1926, daughter of Blake Applewhite and Elizabeth LeGwin. She graduated with English and drama majors from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (with a brief period of journalism studies at Columbia University) and went on in later life to earn a Master's degree at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Even while raising a large family she was devoted to her calling as a teacher and over many decades, first in secondary schools and later as a faculty member of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, she enriched the lives of hundreds of students with her educational skills and her personal interest in their welfare. She served as Education and Arts Chairwoman of the Wilmington Junior League, especially active in promoting programs for special needs children, and was a Board member and officer of the Family Service Association. In 1974 her name was published among Outstanding Educators of America. She also found time to appear on stage as a leading player in the Thalian Association and to enjoy bridge games and family trips. Mrs. Pearsall was on the planning and design committee for St. Mark's Catholic Church and lived to see the parish grow from its origins as a plot of pine forest off Eastwood Road to the thriving center of Christian life that it is today. Her friends and family have all been blessed in the course of her long life to enjoy her love, her patience and her Southern graciousness. To these beautiful qualities was added, especially in the last years, an uncomplaining fortitude in the face of decreasing mobility and independence. At the end there was also a deep peace and a sweetness of disposition which affected all those around her. May she enjoy now and for eternity a place of light, happiness and peace. A family service is planned at St.Mark's Church. In lieu of flowers, you are cordially invited to donate to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice or a . Online condolences may be made at www.andrewsmortuary.com
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Andrews Mortuary & Crematory - Market Street Chapel
Wilmington, NC 28401
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Published in the Wilmington Star-News on Aug. 10, 2018