MONTE VISTA—Florence Roberta Pearcy, 97, was born Dec. 13, 1916 to William L. and Agnes M. Jones in Morley, Colo.
She grew up in Florence with seven brothers and sisters in the “big house” now known as the Florence Rose Bed and Breakfast. While working there as a telephone operator she met and married Earl Andrew Pearcy from Canon City. They had two sons, one of whom died in infancy. She was known to her extended family as “Toots” and her immediate family as “Granny.” She and her husband worked hard together throughout their lives, primarily in the lumber business.
After moving to Monte Vista in 1953, she worked for JC Penny’s and then managed the Montgomery Ward catalog store until retiring early, so she and Earl could spend the winters fishing in Texas. Fishing was always a passion and for many years their place at Santa Maria Reservoir was a favorite destination for grandchildren and extended family. For both of them family togetherness was the greatest priority and they worked hard to insure that their son and grandchildren had good lives.
Florence was an active member of the Monte Vista First Methodist Church for over 50 years. After her husband died in 2001, she continued to live in her beloved little red house until health issues prompted a move. For four years she enjoyed the company of new friends at the Pueblo Regent until illness forced her transfer last August to the Villa Pavillion. There she was a favorite of the excellent nursing staff until she died, surrounded by her loving family, on Oct. 5.
“Granny” still lives in the memories of her son William (Jane), granddaughters Judy Kane (Kevin) and Susie Smith (Ray), grandson Cliff Pearcy (Gene Shumar) and great grandsons Ryan Smith, Chris (Deborah) and Kyle Kane as well as of numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held at the Imperial Funeral Home on Friday, Nov. 29. For the complete article see the 10-17-2013 issue.