Joellen McHenry Pearce, 82, passed away on March 25, 2013 in Virginia Beach. Born on November 29, 1930, in Greenfield, OH, she was the daughter of the late David McHenry and Opal Ryan Matlack. In addition to her parents, Joellen is preceded in death by her loving husband of 65 years, Dr. George F. Pearce and step-father, Floyd A. Matlack of Greenfield, OH. A graduate of the University of West Florida, she taught at Pine Meadow Elementary School in Pensacola, FL for twenty-five years. Joellen was a member of the Pensacola Running Association for over thirty years, and was known to win many medals in competition. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her son, Steve Pearce of Greenfield, OH; daughter, Karen Cagni of Virginia Beach; grandchildren, Stephanie Pearce Burke and her husband, Dennis, Carl Cagni and his wife, Brittany, Toni Cagni Cassell and her husband, Tim, and Angela Cagni Taylor and her husband, Steve; sister, Donna Nickerson of Chillicothe, OH; Charlene Kay Pearce of Greenfield, OH; great-grandchildren, Aiden Burke, Cy Taylor, Caitlin Cagni, Carey Burke, Kyle Cassell, Lindsey Cassell, Ashley Cassell, and Maria Burke; and a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 30th at 3 p.m. at Providence Presbyterian Church, 5497 Providence Road, Virginia Beach. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to “Team Phinz,” American Cancer Society, 4416 Expressway Drive, Virginia Beach, VA, 23452.
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Karen, Carl, Toni, Angie and family,
We are so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Thinking of all of you and holding you in our thoughts and prayers. May you feel God’s peace through your sadness.
Beth & Barry
I know this is tough. If you need anything…..thoughts and prayers….Sue
She will be missed. My condolences.
Dear Karen and the family – you have my heart and my prayers during this most difficult time. Please know that I’m here to help in whatever way I can and will keep you in my prayers. Hugs to all of you. Blessings.
Dear Steve and family,
Sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.
Karen I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom. Jo was such a pleasant lady and I enjoyed talking to her and your father throughtout the years. May God bless their souls, they are now together.
With Deepest Sympathy for you, and your family.
Karen, my heart goes out to you and your family during this difficult time. God grant her eternal peace .
Sorry for your loss.
Sincere condolences to you and your family.
Karen, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother!
I’m thinking of you and your family, and am so sorry for your loss.
You are in my prayers,
Keeping you in my prayers in this time of loss.
Please know our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Joe definitely lived life to the fullest in all the years we have known her. There is no doubt she will be missed. Karen, please know both Jim and I feel deeply for your loss and just know we are there for you. Love, Barb & Jim
Our sympathy and prayers are with you and your family.
Sorry for your loss.
We were saddened to read of Joellen’s death in this morning’s Pensacola News Journal. We were friends of both George and Joellen (the 2 Georges both taught at UWF many years ago). Please accept our sympathies and condolences on your loss.
Our daughter was blessed to have Mrs.Pearce as her first grade teacher. We were so pleased with her that we requested her for our daughter and our son for third grade. She was a wonderful teacher and our children benefited immensely from having her in their lives. Our condolences to the family.
We are very sorry to hear of Joellen’s passing. Virginia knew her while teaching 5th grade at Pine Meadow school and Ray knew both Joellen and George from the many runs they did together.
May The Lord be with you all during this time of loss. May He provide peace and comfort. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. I know she was loved dearly by all her family. Angela spoke very highly of her Grandmother – she was a very special lady and will be missed. Peace and love be with you all.