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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