Luanna A. Pearson, 63, of Chesapeake, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 23, 2012 with her son, husband, and loving family by her side. She was predeceased by her parents, Joe and Mildred Albrick. She will be greatly missed by everyone who had the privilege of knowing her.
Luanna was born in Washington, D.C. on June 7, 1949. She was a graduate of Annapolis High School and a self-taught electronics’ technician and assembler. She spent the majority of her career in the satellite communications industry for the likes of M-Acom Communications, Fairchild, DSI Defense, Inc., CTA Space Systems (a partner of NASA), and lastly for Orbital Sciences Corporation as an honored team member in the Satellite Division. Her team was responsible for multiple successful satellite builds and launches. Most notably; “Earlybird-1”, the World’s first commercial high-resolution surveillance satellite, and “Comet”, the first successful commercial experiment transporter.
She will forever be remembered for her passion of life, incredible personality, beautiful smile, an uncanny ability to make conversation with anyone, playing cards, coloring, a deep love of butterflies and the American Flag. Her strength, character, and never-ending words of support and encouragement were the foundation of the entire family.
Luanna is survived by her husband of 42 years, Joseph Lee Pearson; her son, CDR David John Pearson, USN and his wife Jennifer; her two beautiful granddaughters, Lauren Marie and Kate Alexandra; and five wonderful and caring siblings; Dee, Gene, Martee-Jo, Darla and Marcus.
A private Memorial service will be held Saturday, September 8 at 1 p.m. at her home in Chesapeake, VA.
The family would like to express its appreciation to the nurses and staff of Chesapeake Regional Hospice for their tender and kind care throughout her challenging illness. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Chesapeake Regional Hospice c/o the Chesapeake Regional Health Foundation. (www.chesapeakeregional.com)
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