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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The Boyd family would like to send our condolences and prayers to all of you. May she rest in peace and know that Heaven received another Angel…You might be gone, but will never be forgotten.
Angie, Todd, Tyler & Brandon
She was a second Mom to me and I loved her very much.I miss her chasing David and I around the house when we did something wrong.I will truly miss her and will never forget what she did for me.
I Love You sleep well Mom.
Our deepest love for our sister.
My dearest younger sister. Once bitter enemies (born 14 months apart)age brought us together to become best friends. You will be remembered as the most loving person and only seeing the good in all people. You are a Christian more then most. You will be missed, what am I going to do on Saturdays and Sundays now??? You will be missed so much. I love you my sister, Martee-Jo
Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Gonna miss those many meals we shared on weekends with you an joe.Also our midnite conversations.Alot of great memories.Rest in peace sweet Lu.
I was so sad to hear about Luanna’s passing. Although I haven’t seen her in many years, I remember that she always had a smile and kind words for me. My thoughts and prayers go out to David, Jenny, and the whole family.
I love you very much!
I miss you very much!
I think about you everyday.
I always enjoyed having the “Cool” Mom. You were the foundation of the our family, and for that, I will forever be grateful. I hope to be as strong as you, and will do my best to make you proud!
With Love Always, Your Son David John
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Stay strong.
I know as you face Our Dear Lord, you will be singing one of your songs of joy!!
Thank you for all the love that you gave so freely and unconditionally. I will miss you, dear Sister. Dee
My dear sister,
What a joy you were to all of us! You were always yourself and never tried to be someone you weren’t. You were sweet, kind, childlike and positive. You always saw the best in people and brought out the best in each of us. I will miss your messages in song and the way you always called Mom “Mommy”.
My life is better having you for a fun big sister. You taught me much (like how to do cart wheels and not to let you have a pair of scissors around me!) and to always look for the good in others. I love you dear.
L – Loving
U – Understanding
A – Adventurous
N – Nurturing
N – Nanny Girl
A – Authentic
Thank you so much for all the love you gave. You were a special mother-n-law and friend and the best Nanny Girl to your granddaughters. I will always cherish the loving, giving person you were–thank you so much for everything you taught me. I know you are still watching out for us kids from up above. Until we meet again–rest in peace Nanny Girl.W I love you!
My deepest sympathies go out to Luanna’s family. I couldn’t help but cry because of the loss of such a wonderful person. Our contacts were few over the years but they were always heart warming. She was so proud of her family. God bless you. She will be missed so much.
I’m sorry to hear this sad news. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this trying time. I was good friends with Luanna while she was at Orbital. She will be missed by all.
Dearest Darla….We are so sorry for your loss. Although we did not know her personally, we know you and are sure she was just as sweet and loving as you are. There never seems to be enough words to express sympathy in such a difficult time, but please know you are in our prayers and that we love you. John and Lory
I love you Darla! I am so very sorry for your grief and loss!! I am praying for you and your family!!
I worked with Luanna at both Fairchild and Orbital. She was very good at fabricating spacecraft harnesses. A lot of her handiwork will be in space forever. She also had a beautiful smile and a positive attitude. We’ll miss you Luanna.
Very sorry to hear of Luanna’s passing. She was a very sweet and kind person that I had the honor of knowing while she was at Orbital. My sympathies to the family for your loss.
I love you, Nannygirl. You will be missed.
You had the biggest heart of anyone I have ever known. You always made everyone around you feel loved and treated them as if they were a part of your own family. You always had a smile on your face and a hug for us every time we saw you. You will be missed, but never forgotten. With much love, Roland and Michelle
With such an interesting background I wish that I could have met you at least once! Your sister, Darla, is a very special friend and her love for you has been so evident. You made a lovely impact on her life.
“…concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe tht Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.” I Thess. 4: 13b,14AB9
David and family,
We are so sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. Our thoughts are with you.
Dave, your Mom will continue to bring you and your family lasting memories until you are all joined again. God bless.
I had the wonderful priviledge of living next door to Luanna for several years. I was excited each time I was able to sneak away from the chaos of my home to visit with her. I was captivated with her warmth and honesty from the very beginning. She had such good advice and I always walked away a better person. Her conversations were so interesting and had me coming back for more! She had her priorities straight and loved her family with every ounce of her being. Oh what I would give to have one more chat about what it was like the moment she met her sweet Jesus. May she rest in peace…John 14:1-4. My most sincere condolences to you – Joe, David, Jenny, Lauren and Kate
Having known Luanna for 20 years, she was a very loving and caring person. I will greatly miss our telephone conversations.
When I first read the email of Luanna’s passing my heart was filled with so much sadness. Then a flood of fond memories began to console my soul. I began to remember the wonderful lady who cheered for us at every baseball game and made sure we had a soda and a hug after each game!! The Lady who stayed up with my parents all night long playing cards at our undefeated baseball season pool party at Tom Sherrif’s house. Then the final time I spoke to her at her townhouse in Germantown Md. What a wonderful lady who was always so proud of her “David John”!! May she forever rest in peace.
For Luanna and Family –
Sometimes nature bestows superior qualities on an individual. Luanna was one of those persons. She was the richest with these qualities of any person I have ever had the privilege to know.
She was very dedicated and talented in her work – a perfectionist by all means.
She had old fashioned, exquisite manners and was loyal and generous to both family and friends alike.
She loved everyone equally and spoke no ill of anyone (all though some may have deserved). Once she befriended you – there was no turning back.
We will miss Luanna greatly and I personally will carry all the great memories of the times we had together with me for the rest of my life.
We should all rest assured that she is at peace with God and will always be looking over us, in the caring way she always has.
We love you Luanna and god bless you, your family and all your friends. May God help all of us to manage though these difficult times without you.
Dear Friends and Family of Luanna-
I was a coworker of Luanna’s at DSI, CTA and Orbital. Our paths crossed many time during the days at DSI and CTA, and, it was such a pleasure to work with and know Luanna. Even more, she was such a great person – one of those people who just made you feel good inside after you saw and spoke with her. I am so sorry to hear of her passing and please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
I had the privilege of working with Luanna for so many years, at DSI, CTA & Orbital. She was such a wonderfully upbeat person. The world was always a sunny place for her. It couldn’t help but flow around her. She always had a shoulder for us to lay our troubles on, and warm advice to go with it. Her love for her family was always a favorite topic. I know you all are hurting form this loss. Please know we all share, in some small part, the pain you are feeling. God bless.
Caring, loving, giving, funny, sweet, supportive and beautiful are just some of the words used to describe such a wonderful woman. I still have the scrapbook cover she made me for my trip to Spain in 1984. I will never forget her welcome embrace and opening her home to us crazy kids! I know she is happy, healthy and smiling down on all of us. Thank you David & Jenny for hosting her memorial. It was beautiful!