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In Memory of

Dorothy Lee Pearson

July 26, 1937 - September 9, 2017

Obituary


Dorothy Lee (Honey) Pearson was born to Emit and Mable Cotney on July 26, 1937 in Ector County, Texas; she passed away September 09, 2017 in Burney, California.
She was the first of four children to be born to Emit and Mable. During her younger years, she acquired the nickname of Honey. It has been said that she got the name because her younger brothers could not pronounce Dorothy. So the name "Honey" stuck with her. She was probably better known as Honey Pearson than Dorothy Pearson.
Honey spent much time growing up...

Dorothy Lee (Honey) Pearson was born to Emit and Mable Cotney on July 26, 1937 in Ector County, Texas; she passed away September 09, 2017 in Burney, California.
She was the first of four children to be born to Emit and Mable. During her younger years, she acquired the nickname of Honey. It has been said that she got the name because her younger brothers could not pronounce Dorothy. So the name "Honey" stuck with her. She was probably better known as Honey Pearson than Dorothy Pearson.
Honey spent much time growing up in Marysville, Ca. She attended High school at Marysville High School.
At the age of twenty, she married James Ethel Pearson. Together they raised four children. She and James spent the early years of marriage living in Windsor, Willits and Santa Rosa area raising their family.
In 1972, the family made the big move to Burney. The move was followed by many family and friends moving up from Santa Rosa area to move to Burney as well. Most notably was Honey's long time sister friend, Lela Pearson. The two had been best friends for 54 years.
Honey loved being a home maker, she spent much time in her kitchen canning what she called "poor boy soup" making quilts and crocheting.
While her boys were in school, Honey could be found at nearly every football and wrestling tournament no matter how far away or what the weather conditions were outside- she was there for her kids.
One could say that her kitchen was the place she loved best in her house. She spent many hours there cooking team meals. Honey was well versed at making huge meals for many hungry boys. Her fried chicken and cream gravy seldom had left overs. She was so proud of her kids no matter what age they were.
Honey loved to feed a big gang of people in her home. There were many Christmas Eves spent in her little trailer with more than enough food to feed an army and countless family and friends huddled in together. No matter how many people were there, there was always room for one more at Grama Honeys. It just didn't matter.
When Honey was able to, she used to love to travel. She and James had traveled across the States seeing countless zoos and museums and national parks. Mount Rushmore being one of her favorites. She also loved to go fishing; having her own pole and tackle box. Camping was another favorite of hers. Many happy times were spent camping and fishing at "the pumps" in Clearlake, Ca. Another favorite camping area was Big Sage. When her children were younger, several summers were spent there. Delivering homing Pigeons for Rany Oller and the Intermountain Pigeon Club took Honey and James to various areas as well.
Next to being Mom, being Grama suited her well. Grama Honey's newest great-grandchild, Aurora, was brought to her during one of her hospital stays. It meant the world to her to be able to hold and love on her newest great-granddaughter.
She is survived by her sons Steve (Ronni) Pearson of Burney, Brian (Wendy) Pearson of Redding and Douglas (Vickie) Pearson of Anderson. She is also survived by ten grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Arrangements under the direction of McDonald's Chapel, Redding, CA.