Julia Louise Pearson, 89, of Lexington MA and formerly of Waban MA passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on October 2, 2021 following a brief illness. Born in Newton MA on January 8, 1932 she was the daughter and only child of Paul E. Butler and Kathryn (Veinot) Butler of Newton MA. She was pre-deceased by her husband Arthur L. Pearson. Julia, who many knew as Louise, grew up in Newton and Waltham graduating from Waltham High School in the class of 1949. She had a storied and varied career working first for Shell Oil Co, prior to taking on her full-time job as mother and mentor to her children. She later returned to the workforce, working as a senior executive assistant at Thermo-Electron Corporation for over 20 years until she retired. Never one to sit idle, Julia then trained to be a floral designer and worked for many years in the field for Leiby’s Garden & Flower Shop in Weston and Garden on the Square in Lexington.
Julia was active in all facets of her life. She was heavily involved in her Waltham High School Class of 1949 Reunion Committee and the planning of many reunions where she looked forward to connecting with old friends. She was a past member of and active in the Windsor Club in Waban and both the Union Church in Waban and the Hancock United Church of Christ in Lexington. She was passionate about and greatly enjoyed figure skating for many years, first taking lessons with her daughters and then going on to teach figure skating at the Metropolitan Figure Skating School and Skating Club of Boston. She enjoyed ice dancing as a skater and enthusiastic fan. She was an avid organist and music aficionado, playing violin in her younger days before taking up playing the organ, which gave her hours of enjoyment. She was involved in the North Shore Hammond Organ Society and enjoyed attending their concerts. She was also a talented artist, putting that gift aside to pursue music, she never stopped dabbling in it. In her spare time Julia was a motivated bargain hunter, always on the lookout for a good deal.
In the early 1950s, she met Arthur Pearson for whom she fell head over heels, and they married in 1955 and had three children. They lived in Waltham for a bit and then moved to Waban where they made many friends and good memories. After losing Arthur to cancer in 1979 Julia showed her fortitude and determination in raising her children without her devoted husband, seeing all three children through college. She leaves three children, Jon R. Pearson and his wife Cheryl of Merrimac MA; Judith L. Pearson of Dixon NM; and Janice L. Pearson of Newton MA as well as grandchildren that she was truly proud of: Matthew Pearson of Estes Park CO; Timothy Pearson of Poland ME; and Kathryn Pearson of Amesbury MA. Julia’s family is grateful for the assistance and compassion of the staff from Help in Home in West Newbury MA and Merrimack Valley Hospice in Haverhill MA. Because we are all creatures of God and must all take care of each other.
in lieu of flowers, donations in remembrance of Julia can be made to the Dixon Animal Protection Society, PO Box 96, Dixon, NM 87527 or at DAPSNM.org.
A memorial service and celebration of Julia’s life will be held on October 7, 2021 at 11:00 am at the Chapel at the Newton Cemetery, 791 Walnut St, Newton Centre, MA 02459 and can be live streamed by logging on to www.harborview.live.
Dixon Animal Protection Society
PO Box 96, Dixon NM 87527