MARIANNA, Fla. — Shirley Mae Pearce, 88, of Marianna, Fla., formerly of Bureau, passed away Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at Washington Rehab and Nursing Center in Chipley, Fla.
She was born May 10, 1924, in Spring Valley to Alfred and Julia (Henning) Morine. She grew up in Hennepin and graduated from Hennepin High School. She also graduated from Brown Business College. Shirley worked for Victory House in Seneca, and for the Boy Scouts of America during World War II. Shirley married Franklin Pearce on March 19, 1946, at the Methodist Church in Hennepin.
She was a librarian in Bureau. Shirley was a Cub Scout Den Mother and started a troop in Bureau. Shirley was seamstress and made all her family's clothing. She and her husband were native to Illinois and moved to Marianna, Fla., in 1995 from Live Oak, Fla. She also started a library at Washington Rehab and Nursing Center where she resided in Chipley, Fla. Shirley taught Sunday school at her nursing home and was president of the residents association. Shirley also received the Hall of Fame award at her nursing home. She was a longtime member of the Bureau Congregational Church and the Grace United Methodist Church in Marianna, Fla.
Shirley is survived by her children, Bruce A. (Caroline) Pearce of Metamora, Carol Susan Labrecque of Seffner, Fla., and Nancy L. (David) Sandham of Marianna, Fla. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Robert Labrecque, Christopher Pearce and Michael Pearce; and three great-grandchildren. Surviving as well are three sisters, Marjorie (the late Bill) Bruer of Washington, Ill., Patricia (the late Edwin) Hank of Lacon and Nellie Ruth (David) Newburn of Bureau Junction; and one brother, John (Patricia) Morine of Buda. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Pearce was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and one grandson in infancy, Micah Pearce.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Bureau Congregational Church, Pastor Jack Stites officiating. Burial will follow in the Riverside Cemetery in Hennepin.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Norberg Memorial Home.
There will be a memorial service at a later date at the Grace United Methodist Church in Marianna, Fla., to honor Shirley.
Memorials may be directed to Bureau Congregational Church or Grace United Methodist Church in Marianna, Fla.
Online condolences may be left at www.norbergfh.com.