Helen Bernice Pearson, age 91, of Greenwood Court, Stratford and formerly of 124 Church Street, Stratford was surrounded by family when she passed away into splendor on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. Born in Caledonia, she was the daughter of the late Reginald Gillan and the former Priscilla Douglas.
Beloved wife of Vernon Lamont Pearson, whom she married at Park Baptist Church, Brantford on February 16, 1951 and who predeceased her on June 13, 2006. Dear mother of Judith Dawn Pearson of Burton, New Brunswick, Brian Craig Pearson and wife Cathy of Stratford, and Laura Christine Pearson of London. Cherished grandmother of Amber Pronski (Mike), Tonya Pearson (Kurtis), Rachelle Pearson (Justin), Dhana Pearson and Jorah Pearson. Loving great-grandmother of Adam Pearson Pronski, and Devonii, Brentley, and Jordan Pearson. Dear sister of Betty Ross of Brantford. Dear aunt of Bill Ross, Brantford, Leslie Ann Eaves (Terry), and Clifford Eaves (Debbie) all of LaSalle, Quebec and a niece Nancy Ross of Brantford. Besides her husband and parents, she was predeceased by brothers-in-law Ian Ross and Norman Eaves, sister-in-law Elizabeth (Betty) Eaves, nephew Jeff Ross and niece Diane Ross.
Helen was the constituency secretary for the Honourable Bill Jarvis PC MP and Dr. Harry Brightwell MP. She served as President of the Stratford Women’s Association of the Conservative Party. She was a proud member of First Baptist Church, St. Marys and a former President of the Baptist Convention of Ontario and Quebec and a former Vice-President of the Baptist Federation of Canada. Helen was actively involved in many volunteer roles with different groups and was nominated three times as Citizen of the Year for her volunteer endeavours. She received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for her work with Alcohol and Drug Concerns Inc. Helen could never understand why anyone would want a computer when you could pick up the telephone or sit down and write a card or note – she loved to send and receive correspondence. Her endearing laugh and stories live on.
Helen’s family is grateful for the excellent and compassionate care she received at Greenwood Court over the past five years as she transitioned from apartment, to assisted living and finally to the nursing home.
Cremation has taken place, with arrangements entrusted to Rutherford Cremation and Funeral Services. Family and friends may call at the Greenwood Court Chapel, 90 Greenwood Drive, Stratford on Sunday, March 4, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. until the time of the funeral service at 2:30 p.m.; a reception will follow. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church, St. Marys, the Stratford Perth Humane Society or a charity of one’s choice by calling the funeral home at 519-271-5062 or online at www.jarfh.com.