Erma J. Pearson

Erma J. Pearson

Erma passed away Thursday, September 28, 2017 at Life Care Center in Plainwell.

She was born September 18, 1931 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Reverend Allen and Rosa (Campbell) Rice. Erma was a Registered Nurse and had worked at Bronson Hospital and DeLong Ambulance Service for many years. She then went on to work for the Eaton Corp until her retirement. In her spare time Erma enjoyed fishing, especially for blue gill.

Surviving are her children, Mary (Rick) Beauchamp of Otsego, Chuck (Nancy) Pearson of Kalamazoo, Susan Joliss of Indiana, Cathy (Steve) King of Galesburg, Bob Pearson of Arizona and Mary (Bill) Allen of Alaska; 14 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and special friend, Marcia Stafford.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ray Pearson; daughter, Claudia and son, Tom.

Friends may visit with Erma’s family from 11:00 A.M – 2:00 P.M., Sunday, October 1, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Monday, October 2, 2017 at the Otsego United Methodist Church with Pastor Joe Shaler officiating.

Burial will take place at 2:30 P.M. at Portage South Cemetery on Westnedge Avenue.

Contributions in memory of Erma may be made to Wishbone Pet Rescue, Great Lakes Caring Hospice or to the family for expenses.

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  1. Tim and Laurie Andrus says:

    Mary – our hearts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. You have been a wonderful daughter taking care of your mom like no other could. She is at peace with Jesus and you can rest in knowing that.


  2. Gary and Kathy Leiter says:

    I deepest sympathies for your loss. May God hold you in his loving hands and help you get through this difficult time. Just know we are keeping you and Rick in our prayers and inour hearts.

  3. Tammi Lamper says:

    Harriett and I want you to know that we are here for you. We love you and rick.

  4. Theresa Sours says:

    My sympathy to Mary Beauchamp and her family. So sorry you have to feel the pain of losing your mother. May God comfort you.

  5. Harlene McKinney says:

    So very sorry for your loss. Erma was a special friend and neighbor to me many years ago. She will be missed so much by so many. May God be with you, Mary and give you peace and strength through this sorrowful time.

  6. Melissa wingler says:

    Such a sweet loving lady I was happy to know you ❤️ May you Rest In Peace love and prayers to the family for peace and comfort during this sad time

  7. Penny Saline says:

    My heart and prayers go out to the family. Erma was the sweetest lady ever. She would sing all the time and loved her Daughter,friends and family so much. I took her a pretty Blue bear and flowers and made her smile so much. She is Beautiful. I remember her loving to be at Mary’s . She loved her fish. Mary fixed a lot of fish I didn’t think we would eat it all. Erma said oh yeah I’m eating all of it and smiled. She was the sweetest we will all miss her. The Angels are taking good care of her I know it Mary was the best Daughter she would say and she’s right. Mary was always there for her sweet MaMa. Mary is an amazing person inside and out

  8. stacey proctor says:

    RIP Grandma Erma, you were an energizer bunny that enjoyed life, friends, animals and all the other joys of everyday life, I’ll cherish your memory forever

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