Esther Pearson, 78 - September 05, 2013Esther Carolyn (Foster) Pearson, 78, of Brady passed away Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at her home in Brady following a courageous battle with cancer.
Services will be conducted at the Evangelical Free Church, 1721 Lake Ave., Gothenburg, on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Robert Litzenberger officiating. Interment will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell.
Pearson was born July 4, 1935, to Benjamin and Carrie (Hoff) Foster at Benkelman. She grew up on the family farm near Benkelman and graduated from Benkelman High School in 1952.
Following graduation, she attended McCook Junior College and then began her teaching career. She taught in near-by rural schools, Cozad and North Platte. She graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in education from Kearney State Teacher’s College in 1959.
On Aug. 7, 1960, she was united in marriage to Willard Pearson at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman. To this union, four children were born. She and her husband lived in Wild Horse Valley north of Brady for over 50 years.
Pearson was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother, family members said. Holidays were a special time for her to show her love for her family by creating favorite dishes and decorated birthday cakes.
For many years, she enjoyed growing large vegetable and flower gardens. She was also active with her children’s 4-H projects. She cherished being a grandmother and attended her grandchildren’s activities whenever possible, family said, and made and embroidered a baby quilt for each grandchild.
?One of her favorite pastimes was reading her Bible which brought her joy and comfort, family said. She faithfully attended church and was active teaching Sunday School, Bible School and AWANA classes. She also participated with the women’s mission organizations.
Pearson was preceded in death by: her parents, Benjamin and Carrie Foster; sisters—Dorothea Foster and Bernice Jensen; brothers—Harry, Lloyd, Donald, Leonard Foster, and three infant brothers; a sister-in-law, Marjorie Foster; niece, Carrie Gallington; nephew, Leonard Malm; brothers-in-law—Duane Malm and Robert Jensen.
Survivors include: her husband, Willard Pearson of Brady; her children—Mary (Douglas) Hartman of Omaha, Richard (Sharon) Pearson of Brady, Edward (Catherine) Pearson of Seward, and Ruth (Toby) White of Des Moines, IA; grandchildren—Joshua and Brooke Hartman, Trina Pearson, Aleah, Calia and Zakary White; a sister-in-law, Hildur Malm of Maxwell; nieces and nephews.
Memorials are suggested to the Central Plains Hospice, P.O. Box 108, Cozad, NE 69130, the Gideons International, P.O. Box 133, Gothenburg, NE 69138, and the Evangelical Free Church Missions.