VERNA LOUISE PEARSON
Our artistic and independent
Verna Louise Pearson (Edwards) set sail on
her last journey Thursday, August 27,
one day shy of her 86th birthday.
She spent her last week at home, compassionately cared for by her loving son Stuart and his partner Brian, aided greatly by health professionals from Vancouver Island Health and We Care Health Services.
Verna was born in London, Ontario and spent many years in Southern Ontario raising her family, before venturing on an extended voyage through the Caribbean on her Nauticat 33.
She returned to Ontario in the early 1990s, packed up, and drove solo across the country to settle in her beloved home in Nanoose Bay, where she took an in-charge approach to home maintenance and landscaping. Her two plus decades on Vancouver Island were marked by a dedication to community service, from a lengthy stint volunteering for the Nanoose Public Library and many years at the SOS, where she also greatly enjoyed shopping for bargains, and Citizens on Patrol/Community Policing.
An avid amateur archivist, she set the same meticulous standards regardless of the task at hand: whether documenting the price of a loaf of bread in 1967 or for tracing and recording the family history. Her perseverance and make-the-most-of-life attitude were an inspiration to many.
She was predeceased by a dear son (Scott) and is survived by former husband Milt (Marianne), three sisters, Myrtle, Sylvia (Wilf), and Shirley, and many nieces and nephews. Service and cremation will be private. In honour of her love of a bargain, Stuart and Brian are scouring the SOS for an appropriate urn.