Longtime Pacific Palisades resident Jean Pearson died peacefully in her sleep in the early morning hours of September 19 at her home on Tellem Drive; she was 94.
Pearson was born Jean Farmer in Corsicana, Texas, on January 31, 1925. She moved to California in 1946, eventually settling in Pacific Palisades in July of 1970.
The daughter of a wildcat oil driller, Pearson moved every six weeks as a child, residing in different parts of Oklahoma, Louisiana and East Texas. Her father died when she was 12 years of age, and her family settled in Longview, Texas, before eventually relocating to California.
The wife of theatrical agent Ben Pearson, she was not only known for entertaining casts and clients in their home on Altata Drive, but, more importantly, for her tireless community volunteer work.
She was Palisades Elementary PTA president from 1974-76, Ocean View Council PTA president from 1976-78, Palisades High School PTSA president from 1980-81, University Council PTA president from 1981-83 and served five years on the board of the Tenth District PTA during this period.
She was also active as a residential chairman for the American Cancer Society, as well as being engaged with numerous organizations, such as the March of Dimes, Los Doradas and the Pacific Palisades Woman’s Club.
In March of 1985, Pearson was honored by the Pacific Palisades Lions Club with the annual Community Recognition Award. This honor being bestowed upon a local resident who has volunteered extensive time and put forth unusual effort for the benefit of the community.
Husband Ben Pearson passed away in July of 1988. Jean Pearson is survived by her sons Michael Pearson, a psychologist and resident of Redondo Beach, and Anthony Pearson, an artist residing in Pacific Palisades, daughter-in-laws Bita Pearson, Ramona Trent and three grandchildren; Benjamin Pearson, Delphine Trent and Chantal Trent.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 26, at 3 p.m. at the home of Anthony Pearson and Ramona Trent in Pacific Palisades. Call 310-387-1311 for more information.
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