Mary Pearson

October 1, 2013

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Updated: Fri, 04 Oct 2013 03:27:20 CST

Memorial Services for Mary L. Pearson will be held on Monday, October 7, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Holdrege, Nebraska with Reverend Dr. W. Kirwin Stewart, Jr. officiating. Private inurnment will be held prior to the services at the Prairie Home Cemetery in Holdrege.

Mary L. (McElvain) Pearson, 89 years of age, of Holdrege, passed away on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at the Phelps Memorial Health Center in Holdrege. Mary and her twin sister, Margaret, were born on March 28, 1924 at Holdrege to Nicholas and Tressa (Overhulser) McElvain. They grew up on a farm in Phelps County and graduated from the Wilcox High School.

In 1947, she married Cecil L. Stephenson. Cecil passed away in 1975.

Mary was employed by Grainger Bros. for four years as office manager, before being employed by K-K Appliance Company of Holdrege in 1948, where she served as Corporate Secretary and Comptroller. She was also on the Board of Directors of K-K Appliance and R.W. Pearson, Inc., until K-K Appliance Co. was sold in 1993.

Community interests led Mary to become a life member of Phelps Memorial Health Center Service League and the Phelps County Historical Society. She served for six years as Director of the Phelps County Community Foundation, also six years as Treasurer of the Foundation. She was a member of the Holdrege Great Plains Art Guild, taking a course at Kearney State College in painting with water colors. Mary was also a Charter Patron of the Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA) in Kearney, Nebraska.

Mary was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, serving as Deacon, Elder and Chairwoman of the Session.

Her hobbies were traveling, seeing the world, knitting and watercolorist. She was an accomplished seamstress in hand work and tailoring.

In 2005, she was united in marriage to Roy W. Pearson, following the death of his wife. Roy preceded her in death in 2010.

Besides her parents and husbands, Cecil L. Stephenson and Roy W. Pearson, Mary was preceded in death by her brothers: Robert T. McElvain in 2005 and his wife, Inez in 2010, and William McElvain in 2013.

Mary is survived by her twin sister, Margaret Dyer and her husband, Daryl of Grinnell, Iowa; sister-in-law, Carolyn McElvain of Holdrege; three generations of nieces and nephews; her husband, Roy’s son, Michael Pearson of Shiloh, Illinois; Roy’s granddaughter, Michelle Suberly and her husband, Michael and their three daughters: Renae, Jessica and Elizabeth all of O’Fallon, Illinois; and many friends whom she enjoyed throughout her life.

According to Mary’s wish, cremation has taken place and a memorial book signing will be held on Sunday, October 6, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. with the family greeting from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege.

A memorial has been established in Mary’s honor and kindly suggested to Roy W. and Mary L. Pearson Regenerative Medicine Research Fund at the UNMC for macular degeneration research or the Roy W. and Mary L. Pearson Designated Fund at the Phelps County Community Foundation in Holdrege.

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The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements.