Kelene Pearson

Kelene Pearson

Kelene Kay Pearson of Pine Lake passed away Thursday, January 17, 2013 at her home. Kelene was born January 30, 1961 in Plainwell, the daughter of Allen and Jo A.(Bradshaw) Robinson. She graduated from Plainwell High School in 1979 and for over 10 years, she was employed at the Doster Country Store. She enjoyed reading, fishing, pontoon rides and loved her animals.

On October 10, 1986 she married George W. Pearson, who survives. Also surviving are a daughter Sara; a son, Drew; a sister, Jenann (David) Pearson; a brother, Douglas (Sarah) Robinson; several nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her maternal and paternal grandparents, Roy and Eloise Robinson and June (Archie) Bradshaw and a paternal aunt Cheryl Chapin.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 2:00pm at St. Timothy Episcopal Church, 9800 East BC Ave.,Β Richland, MI 49083, Fr. Terry Haughn officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice or the Barry County Animal Shelter.

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  1. Vicki Kooistra says:

    An angel was called home today..I can’t say it any other way… She fought the fight, but still worried about everyone else but herself. She loved life and looked for the best out of it. Always insisting that we all be happy. I loved her very much and she will always be with me…as with so many others she held dear to her heart.
    In sadness and love

  2. Katelyn Darling says:

    Hi, I didn’t know Kelene well but I know that she was very special to my mom (Christine Warner-Darling) and that they were very close when they were kids. I just wanted to say that I’m really sorry to hear this! I truly feel for you all. Love, Katelyn

  3. Jerry and Judy Shumaker says:

    Our thoughts are with your family. We are so very sorry for your loss. May your memories bring you comfort.

  4. Kathy Arehart Luster says:

    My heart is so heavy, Kel. I will miss you. You are now in His loving arms, with no more pain. Praying for strength for the entire family.

  5. Mike and Connie Booth says:

    Our thoughts are with your family.

  6. Alisha Chase says:

    My heart is broke….please know I love you guys with all my heart and your family is in my prayers. Sincerely, Alisha Chase.

  7. Matt Block says:

    Im so sorry for your loss. Kel was such a great person who will be truly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family.

  8. Michelle, Robert and MaKayla says:

    My prayers are with you all. We are but a phone call away if you need anything.

  9. Alexandria says:

    I am so sorry George, Sara, and Drew……your mom was/is a remarkable person and will forever be missed. πŸ™ Don’t hesitate to reach to those who love you for comfort….that’s what we are hear for.

  10. Denise and Gary coombs says:

    We are so sorry about your lose of your sister. You are in our prays.
    Gary and denise

  11. Jeff Swoboda says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  12. Matt Weaver says:

    My heart felt thoughts and prayers go out to the Pearson and Robinson families. Kelene is a wonderful person and will be sadly missed by all.

  13. Danene & David Gless says:

    So very sorry for your loss. Many, many heavy hearts in the wake of Kelene’s passing. Great lady! Great family!

  14. Barbara Warnez Brenner says:

    George, I was so sorry to hear of your loss. I remember Kelene as a very bubbly, happy person who always had a smile on her face. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Barb

  15. Debbie Rantz Stone says:

    Thinking of all of you. Kel will be deeply missed, she could always make you laugh.

  16. Diane Warnez Davis says:

    I will never forget Kel and my heart goes out to her family. She will truely be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Diane and Jason Davis

  17. Katie Lebeck says:

    I’m very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. I have never personally met her, but she must have been amazing to be your mom! Take care.
    Aunt Katie

  18. Jim Danhoff says:

    Very sorry just doesn’t say enough but wanted family to know they were being thought about !!

  19. Nancy Green says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I know you will miss her terribly. I hope that by knowing she is in heaven enjoying the view from there, it will bring you some comfort.

    And who knows, maybe there is a pontoon in heaven. πŸ™‚

    Let us know if we can help with anything,
    Gary and Nancy

  20. Jan Sell-Kimble and Michael Kimble and family says:

    Georgie, Sara and Drew,
    My heart is heavy with sadness yet full of wonderful memories of Kelene. I am honored to have known Kel as long as I have. She was full of spirit~that of which I will always remember!!
    I have so many fond memories, too many to name. However, my most favorite memory was Kel’s “million dollar leg.”
    I love you Kelene Kay Robinson Pearson!!
    Rest in peace, my dear friend!! May the angels dance with you in heaven!!

  21. Connie Edwards says:

    Sorry for your loss. Sounds like Kelena has a daughter, Sara, who is a special as her Mom. Didn’t know Kelena, but Sara is everything that is being said about her Mom. And I will be praying for the family. Know she is in a better place now. And think of all the special memories of her.

  22. Lesa (Williams) Sanchez says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. Rest in peace Kelene.

  23. Carl Walker says:

    George, Drew and Sara;

    Please know that the thoughts and prayers of myself and family are with you through these difficult times. May you take comfort in each other and your many friends and family.

  24. Stacey Steiner Phillips says:

    Very sad to hear about Kelene. I knew her for a short time at Plainwell High. She was a good friend for a short time and have thought about her often. All my best to the family. Rest in peace Kelene.

  25. Don and Joanna Haneckow says:

    A wonderful lady will be missed. We can not imagine how the family will move ahead without Kel, but know you will and pray that you will find peace and keep all the wonderful memories close to your hearts. If there is anything we can do, please let us know.

    Sincere sympathy to the Pearson family.

    Don and Joanna

  26. Stacey Cooper says:

    The angels looked down from Heaven one night they searched for miles afar, and deep within distance they could see a Shining Star. They knew that very instant that the star was theirs to gain, so they took you up to Heaven Forever to remain. Look down on us from Heaven keep us free from hurt and pain, you’ll always be FOREVER within my Heart until we meet again “My Friend” I Love You Soooo Very Much!
    George, Sara, Drew, (Colby, Deege, Ripper) & Family your in my prayers we loved her so much!!! I love You Guys!!
    All my Love,

  27. Peggy Rizzo says:

    Jenann, Doug, Al and Jo,

    Although I haven’t seen you all in years, great memories of your family remain. It broke my heart today when I heard the news. I haven’t seen Kel since she was the neighborhood babysitter. She seemed to be watching someone’s kids all summer. I pray for you all, and I pray for Kel’s family. My heart goes out to her children and of course, George, God give you strength.
    Peggy Rizzo

  28. Karl B. Wallace says:

    George, Sara and Drew

    Scripture says; “Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted”

    May the God of all comfort be with you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Karl B. Wallace

  29. Jennifer (Chappell) Mitchell says:

    Thinking of you all and wishing you peace.

  30. Robin Hutchinson Courts says:

    Kelene will live on in our hearts and memories always . . . her bright smile, warmth and compassion will never be forgotten. Sending heartfelt love and prayers to her family. Please know I am praying for peace for all of you . . .

    Robin Hutchinson Courts

  31. Mike & Chris VanDenBerg says:

    Our thoughts and prays are with you.

  32. John Northrop says:

    George, Sara and Drew,

    I’m sorry for your loss, my family and I have you in our prayers.

  33. Lauri Rantz Stone says:

    Another Angel has gone before us to ensure our next reunion will be one of peace, love and no pain. It saddens me to hear this new on one hand and blessed news for her on the other. Kel gracefully fought this battle to the very end, and that alone says it all. I am so very sorry for the loss these two families have endured. Kel was one hell of a women, one that always had a smile, a hug, a sincere “how are you”, a laugh, a story, and a memory of a day gone passed. I am so glad I had one of those encounters this past summer when we moved our “Girls Week” to Pine Lake in lieu of South Haven. My love, hugs, thoughts and prayers are with these two wonderful families..I love you all….P.S. I know there was several Special Angles there to great her…

  34. Kaiti (Niedzielski) Mackenzie says:

    To the Pearson and Robinson families;
    No words can convey my sadness on your loss. Please know that you are prayed for and loved by your friends; and may you always be bathed in the love that Kel has for you.

  35. Pat (Sibbersen) and Jim DeDoes says:

    Jo, Allen,Jenann, Doug, George and family, and both Pearson and Robinson families:

    I just can’t find words to express my sorrow for all of you in your loss.
    Hug each other closely and my prayers are for God’s love to sustain you as you mourn, you will be comforted.

    Cannot help but roll the calendar back to 1959. Jo, you were such a good friend, and comforter.

    Bless you all,
    With love, Pat

  36. Renee (Lukins) Callahan says:

    To Kel’s family,

    I am so saddened at this loss – too young. Although, I know there was suffering & she is up there now, at peace. I have so many good memories of Kelene in HS and some years after, We had a lot of fun. I am so happy she and I were able to talk & catch up at the hospital a few years ago. I have prayed for you all since her diagnosis, and will continue. Rest in peace Kel.

  37. Sherri (Mathews) Kuiper says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I have very fond memories of Kelene. My thoughts and prayers are with the families.

  38. John Menzie says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time….I will always smile when I think of Kel. She was awesome.

  39. Nancy (Sell) Worrell says:

    Even ‘tho I havn’t seen Kel in over 30 years, I will always remember her cheerful spirit. She spent a lot of time at our house and seemed like a 3rd sister to me many moons ago. Thank you Jesus she’s with you. Take good care of her until we see her again.

  40. julie shannon says:

    I’ve known Kel since 1983 and she was always genuine and kind. In the past two years I’ve been blessed with working with her sister Jenann and since I Iost my neice to cancer we have been able to have lots of talks about life, sickness, and matter what it sucks to loose someone that young and that close to you, but the memories Are what we are blessed with. My prayers go out to everyone that loved Kel she will be truly missed, but is now free from that miserable crap called cancer!!

  41. Beth McCann says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Rest in peace Kel.

  42. Becca (Haas) Wilson says:

    My heartfelt sympathy to your family. There are so many wonderful memories I have growing up with Kelene. She will be deeply missed.

  43. Leo and Nancy Moran says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  44. Ken and Cheryl Brussee says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  45. Joseph Dolhay says:

    George, I’m so sorry for your loss my friend. I pray God comfort you and your family in these most difficult times. Peace be with you

  46. Matt and Kerri Haist~ Pine Lake Grocery says:

    George, Drew, Sara, Jenanne and family:

    We love you guys and are praying for you! We will miss Kel dearly! She was definitely our favorite customer with all her hugs, smiles and wit. We will cherish all the fun memories! May god bless you and keep you.

    “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matt.5:4

  47. Penny Thom says:

    To the Pearson & Robinson Family
    May all the wonderful memories you have of Kelene comfort you.
    you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  48. sheri deMink says:

    Wow, cannot believe this sad news. Have’nt been in touch for awhile but have such fun memories. From the cottage at Gull lake, working at the Unwinder, a day at the beach, all laughs all the time. Sorry for the loss of your daughter, mom, sister, aunt, niece and happy friend.

  49. Judy (Hodges) Harmon says:

    Having moved out of state many years ago I hadn’t seen Kelene in years, when I got the heart wrenching news of her I death I was suddenly taken back to the days of working with her at the Unwinder, sunbathing together at Jensen’s pool and many, many fun filled memories. She was such a joy to be around with her radiant personality and I am so thankful I was able to call her my friend. I know she will be missed terribly but I’m sure she leaves a loving family that she was very proud of.

  50. Dan, Grace Greene & Family says:

    I’ve worked with George for close to 35 years & my wife worked with Kel @ Doster store for many years.Kel was known as the “”Kitchen Master”-a great cook @ Doster as @ home. She was a wonderful mother @ wife with a great sense of humor-she had to have living with George!! She had many friends & will be missed but rembered by all…Our heartfelt sympathy & prayers to all the Pearson family!! Respectfully Dan, Grace Greene & Family

  51. Arthur and Joanne Nintzel says:

    We are so sorry for your loss George, Drew and Sarah. The deeper the love, the deeper the loss and the deeper the loving memories that will remind you of the love you all shared. We hope those memories will comfort you and replace the grief you feel. Love, Arthur and Joanne

  52. Bill and Sandy Burdick says:

    to Kelene’s Mom and Dad, Aunts and Uncles, children and husband,. We have been following Kelene’s process through prayer and send our love and sympathy for the life and struggle of a beautiful, vibrant young woman who fought a good fight. May the Lord surround you with His comfort and His people at this time. Your neighbor from Bridge St and 2nd Avenue. Love, Bill and Sandy Burdick

  53. Don & Sherri Ferguson says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you

  54. Lory Foran says:

    My heart is sad and so very heavy. Since I have heard of Kelene’s sickness and her passing I have relied on the beautiful memories of my friend to bring a smile to my face instead of tears. George, Sara, and Drew…..embrace the memories to carry you through in this time of sorrow and the years to come.
    Love, Lory

  55. Ronda Nowakowski says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Robinson and Pearson Families:
    My heart aches in hearing the news of lost of your family member. Kelene and I spent some fun times working at Wesco. She had a heart of gold and the ability to put a smile on a grumpy face. She just brighten the room with her humor and wit.Just loved being around her. May God bless the Robinson and Pearson Families and comfort you through this time of lost ,

  56. Stephanie, Jeff, Alex, Seth and Katy Lawson says:

    I have been searching for the right words and realized that simplest was best. I love you all so very much and wish I was there to give you a hug in person. You have been in our thoughts and prayers and will continue to be there. Remembering Kel and her beauty, kindness, and laughter.

  57. Rob and Claire Milne says:

    Jenann and David- You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers every day. Knowing that Kelene’s suffering is over and that she is in a better place does not make your pain any less. In time, that will be a comforting thought, but God understands the tears, the doubts and the anger. Don’t be afraid to feel those things, and know that God is with you, at all times and in all moods. Your friends are with you too. God bless,
    Rob and Claire

  58. Laurie Day says:

    I haven’t seen Kelene in years but my prayers and thoughts go out to both families and all the countless friends Kelene had. Rest in Peace Kel.

  59. Randy & Julie (Desness) Bushee says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. The Robinson & Pearson families are in our thoughts and prayers. Kelene’s smile will never be forgotten.

  60. Steve and Ruth Beem says:

    May God be with you during this time and always.Kelene is resting and at peace now.

  61. Frank & Bobbi Hofacker says:

    George, we will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Please know you are surrounded by the love of our little city of Plainwell.

  62. scarlett & jim Bird says:

    Our thought’s and prayers go out to the Robinson’s & Pearson’s.
    But now she is safley home with are Lord and Savior.

  63. Terry and Lori Steele and Bill and Gretchen Himmelien says:

    George and Family, Robinson and Pearson Families,

    Our prayers and thoughts go out to you at this time. Kelene will be missed.

  64. Lynne Wellington Kelsey says:

    Words fall short of expressing my sorrow for your loss. May the comfort of God bring you peace, comfort, and strength. Her beautiful smile will continue to shine down on all she loved.

  65. Paul & Judy VanDenBerg says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your families.

  66. Gary Sandy & Hailee says:

    George, Sara and Drew our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to you. She was an amazing woman and she will truly be missed. I can still see her down at the lake enjoying the sun finding glass in the water. We love you.

  67. Pam McQueer(De Bruyne) says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Robinson’s and the Pearson’s.Kelene ‘s strength has inspired so many and her smile would light up a room. Your absence will leave a void, however your wonderful spirit will live on in all of us whom you have loved. I will miss you my beautiful cousin and until we meet again, hug Grandma June for me.I know thay God will give your families the strength to get them through these times. God Bless you all

  68. Denise Dalman says:

    I shocked to hear about Kelene. I am so sorry for your loss and understand the pain you are going through. I remember that Kelene always had a smile on her face and her bubbly sense of humor. I have only seen her once since high school, but she hadn’t changed at all. I won’t forget the pre-high school years when she took the greyhound bus with me a couple of times to visit my grandmother in East Lansing. Seems like a lifetime ago. Rest in peace Kelene and know that you were and are loved.

  69. David & Claudette Fergusson says:

    We didn,t know she was ill,We were so shocked to here about keleen. We can,t tell you enough how sorry we are for your loss.You never know what life is going to through at you. Getting back up is the hard part. But with Gods help and time your families will get through this very painful time.

  70. Sherry and Marlin Kleckner says:

    We were so sorry to hear about Kelene. Our thoughts and prayers go with her family during this difficult time.

  71. Roxann (Gruber) Volosky says:

    To the family of Kelene,
    I am another classmate of Kelene’s from PHS and I just wanted to let you know I am so sorry for your great loss and that you all are in my prayers. May the God of comfort encourage you at this time of sorrow and unrest, knowing Kelene was a sweet and caring person who was loved by all who knew her. Look to the Lord above for strength and guidance; He will give all that you need.

  72. JoAnn Smith Vasau says:

    I will remember Kel best at the Un-Winder with her kicky hat and sexy black jumpsuit but most of all her smile. I am sad for you all.

  73. Diane Hammond Quarry says:

    I worked with Kel at the Doster Store and we shared so many laughs! She made me laugh at myself and her! I will always cherish those times we had together. Peace and love I want to send out to her family from the God above. My prayers go out to you….and Kel, I will see you in Heaven, Girl!


  74. Denise Allers [VanAtter] says:

    To the Family of Kelene; I went to school with Kelene and remember her always smiling no matter what i remember she loved to ski. Our thoughts and prayers are with you everyday.Lance and Denise Allers we will miss her but know she’s in God’s hands now with Angels to comfort her. Take Care.

  75. Cindy Howrigon Nyberg says:

    I’m so very sorry. I have a lot of great childhood memories of our trips to Florida together including snow in Georgia which caused long traffic jams, swimming in the Robinson pool and family gatherings.

    My thoughts are with you.

  76. Michael W. Chase says:

    To George Pearson & The Robinson Family,
    I’m very sorry to hear about the passing of Kelene. I remember her from high School, she was always a happy person. My thoughts & prayers go out to you George and the Robinson family. Take Care and God Bless. Michael Chase

  77. Barbara Monk says:

    About 30 years ago on Mother’s Day we were having dinner at Red Brick Inn in Plainwell. Earlier it had been raining, but it had stopped and everything looked so very green outside. Our waitress came to our table, and my husband and I both thought how beautiful she was. We also were intrigued with her name. She told us that her parents couldn’t decide between Kelly and Colleen, so they came up with the combination of Kelene. We immediately fell in love with that name, and decided if we ever had another daughter, for we had two sitting at the table, we would name her Kelene. On April 30, 1985 our Kelene was born. Yes, she is named after the beautiful girl who waited on us that rainy Mother’s Day. I wish I would have gotten in touch with Kelene Kay to tell her this story, but something tells me that she now knows of it.

  78. Lisa (Niedzielski) Smith says:

    To the Pearson and Robinson Families,
    I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

  79. Tom and Mary Loughead says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  80. Roger and Juli Currie says:

    We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family.

  81. Linda Meyers says:

    Wow, Where do I start Kelene????

    What a beautiful service, and as Cathy, Shanon and myself sat there, we tried to think of even one of our stories that we could share with everyone, while at church….and of course, there were none that were appropriate! LOL! (I am sure George was sweating , just the thought that one of us would stand up and share even one of “our stories”!) So much laughter, so many good times. We smile every time we think of all those good times with you girlfriend, sometimes even gut laugh like we used to, there was never a dull moment whenever we all got together. You laughing so hard at Doster Store that you would squirt water out your nose and mouth, the baby shower at the Coopers house (one of Shanon’s and my favorites,. we still almost pee ourselves when we relive that night!),our wonderful trip up north to see the beautiful fall colors….wonderful memories, which we will cherish, and share over and over again..but as we know, when the Lord calls you home, it is your time, your celebration in HEAVEN, no matter the sorrow here on earth….. sometimes… it is a blessing in disguise:

    God saw Kel getting tired and a cure was not to be, so he wrapped his arms around Kelene and whispered “COME TO ME”. With tearful eyes they watched you, and they saw you pass away, and although they loved you dearly, they could not make you stay.

    A golden heart stopped beating, caring, loving hands at rest, God broke your hearts to prove to you, he only takes the BEST.

    Till we meet again in the glorious destination that is ours girlfriend, save us a spot on your pontoon boat up there, you are at peace my friend, no more pain….fly like the ANGEL that you are….I feel blessed that another ANGEL walks with me, blessed to have known you and to have had you as a friend….to George, Sara, Drew, Kobe, Ripper and DJ…..your ANGEL walks with you now and always…Open your hearts to what is around you, there are no such things as coincidences, Kelene will let you know that she has found peace, and then you will be able to find peace in your hearts once again…………..p.s. We were always called “The Doster Girls” for we worked hard while at work and worked even harder at enjoying life when we got out of work, those were the days, those were great times…funny how the Lord brought us together then friend…..and now, he brings us together once again….RIP my Friend…….When I think of you Kelene, all I can do is smile, as there were so many great times, so many great memories! Thank you my friend ………LOVE ALWAYS KELENE……LINDA πŸ™‚

  82. Lin Lukins ( Bluegrass) says:

    We have lost a kind and gentle soul. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  83. Tracey (Jockus)Goodwin says:

    I was shocked to hear we lost a classmate from PHS. I will always remember that beautiful smile Kel had. My prayers are with her family and close friends. Living so far away has made times like these hard.

  84. Shelly Edgerton says:

    To the Pearson and Robinson families – My thoughts and prayers go out to you during this time. Kel was a beautiful person. While I hadn’t seen her in some time, I have a lot of fond memories of us -Kel, Jenann, and Doug growing up in the neighborhood. She will be missed but free from pain. Take care and God Bless.

  85. Trudy Drenth-Prieskorn says:

    Jo…I never knew Kelene, but I know you and how your heart must ache to lose a beautiful daughter. You and all your family have my deepest sympathy and prayers.

  86. Analytical Testing and Consulting Services Inc. Plainwell Michigan says:

    George, Drew & Corey, & Sara…….The Robinson Family….The Pearson Family……Kobe, Ripper, & DJ…….

    Our hearts, prayers, hugs and love to all of you at this time. Kelene was a great gal with a beautiful personality and smile. We will remember all the laughs we had together while getting our lunches at the Doster Store. So many great smiles and memories for us, we will treasure them always…….hang onto your memories and pictures, and smile when you look towards the sky……..Sympathy and Friendship……Love and Prayers….She will be missed dearly…
    Doug, Tyson, Dave, Linda, & Shelly

  87. Damon Williams says:

    My condolences to the Pearson family. May the God of all comfort be with you at this difficult time. (2 Corinthians 1:3,4) My prayers are with you.

  88. Merilee and Steve Lovelace says:

    Kelene we will miss your smiling face at Doster store…you always brought sunshine to everyone you touched. We still remember dancing to Billy Idol at your wedding, and having a blast…I know that you are in a much better place now, without pain. Have fun in heaven, its a great place.

  89. LINDA, SHANON, & CATHY says:





  90. Linda Meyers says:

    Happy Birthday Kelene!!!

    You said you would come back as a butterfly, I saw this today and instantly thought of you and your day <3!

    Keep smiling down upon us my friend <3

    Linda, Shanon & Cathy <3

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