Alva Lou Pearson, 83, of Buckley, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017 in Traverse City. She was born on May 19, 1933 in Grant Township to Daniel and Carrie (Dixon) Harkins.
Alva was a 1951 graduate of Buckley High School and played on the girls basketball team, of which she was very proud.
On Feb. 20, 1954 she married Harold Junior Pearson at First Congregational Church in Traverse City.
Alva retired from the State Hospital in 1988 after over 30 years of dedicated employment.
Among many things, Alva Lou enjoyed reading, gardening, bird watching, dancing, sports, jigsaw puzzles, baking and crocheting, making many beautiful afghan blankets. Above all, Alva Lou enjoyed time visiting with family and friends.
She is survived by two daughters, Julie (Bob) Trudel, of Buckley, and Carolyn (Raj) Mangipudi, of Redford; four sons, Joseph (Lisa) Pearson, of Grawn, Sidney (Kelly) Pearson, of Buckley, Edward (Marcy) Pearson, of Kingsley, and Peter Pearson, of Traverse City; 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Harold Junior Pearson; a brother, Jim Harkins; an infant brother and sister; a son, Daniel L. Pearson; and a grandson, Charles Pearson.
Visitation will take place on Friday, March 3, 2017, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Covell Funeral Home in Kingsley. The funeral will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Covell Funeral Home in Kingsley. A private burial is planned for the spring at Downs Cemetery in Buckley.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Kingsley.
Published on March 2, 2017