Beverly M. Pearson, age 88, of Glenwood, died on Thursday, June 11, 2020, at the Glenwood Retirement Village.
A funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 16, 2020, at East Zion Lutheran Church in rural Starbuck. Interment will take place at the church cemetery.
The family would welcome a time of visitation for an hour prior to the service at the church. Due to COVID-19, please wear a mask and practice social distancing.
Beverly Marguerite was born on November 3, 1931, to Leo and Bernice (Mitchell) Hennessy in Danvers, Minnesota. She graduated from Benson High School in 1948 and continued her education at Normal Training in Glenwood. Following her education, she taught elementary in country schools. Beverly was united in marriage to Harold Pearson on January 12, 1952. Following their marriage, they farmed in the Morris/Hancock area where they also raised their two children. Following the diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis for her husband, Beverly returned to school to earn her Bachelor of Science Degree. She taught elementary in Appleton for a few years before they purchased their farm in Glenwood. Beverly taught first grade at Norgard Elementary School in Glenwood and during the summer months pursued a Master of Education Degree from St. Cloud State. She retired after 43 years of teaching and was always protecting and encouraging the overlooked student. She loved music and in her 60’s took piano lessons and in her 80’s, guitar lessons. Beverly was a consummate learner and earned her pilot’s license, flying solo and with her husband, Harold. She was a member of East Zion Lutheran Church where she sang in the choir, played in the bell choir, and served as a deacon. Beverly was a member of the National Education Association, Minnesota Education Association, Terrace Mill Foundation and Flying Farmers Club. She was a former secretary of Pope County Triad and a volunteer at the Starbuck Depot. She enjoyed going to auctions, braiding rugs, shopping for Christmas presents, flower gardening and keeping her yard well decorated and manicured. Beverly collected Watt Ware Pottery and over 2000 Golden Books. Her legacy will remain as an educational supportive grandmother and great-grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harold; siblings, infant girl Hennessy, Norma Jean Walquist, Lenore Nissen, Susan Jordahl and Marion Johnson; brothers-in-law, Glen Nissen, Alfred Pearson and Harold Flannigan; sisters-in-law, Josephine Hennessy and Gladys Flannigan; and son, David Pearson.
Beverly is survived by her daughter, Deb Pearson of Alexandria; two granddaughters, Kristen (Brian) Steen of Holmes City and Tiffany (Evan) Ranz of St. Michael; three great-granddaughters, Kalyn Rose Steen, Raegan Poppy Ranz and Bristol Hennessy Ranz; sister, Beatrice Pearson of Hancock; brother, George Hennessy of Melbourne, Florida; brothers-in-law, Robert Walquist, Dennis Jordah both of Willmar and Jerome Johnson of Watertown, Minnesota; and many nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are Peder Gerde, Nicholle Gerde, Sonia Casperson, Kristen Steen, Tiffany Ranz and Evan Ranz.
Memorials preferred to Pope County Hospice.