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Audrey J. Pearson, 90

Audrey Jane Pearson, age 90, of Dassel, died Saturday, March 12, 2011, at the Lakeside Health Care Center in Dassel.

She was born Aug. 11, 1920, in Manannah, the daughter of Newell and Mabel (Lounsbury) Nelson. Audrey grew up in the Litchfield area and was a lifelong member of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Litchfield, where she was both baptized and confirmed.

Audrey graduated from the Litchfield High School, and later graduated from St. Cloud State College. She taught district school in Strout for two years, and later taught in Darwin for two years, and the Dassel Elementary School for 23 years.

Audrey was united in marriage to Carlton Harold Pearson June 11, 1942, at Long Beach, CA. They resided in Manhatten Beach, CA until Carlton entered into the US Army Air Corp.

During the time that Carlton served in the Army, Audrey made her home in Litchfield. In 1952, they moved to Dassel, where Audrey has resided since.

Audrey enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting, ceramics, painting, calligraphy, crossword puzzles, and woodworking crafts. She was an avid Twins fan and would follow all their games. Audrey loved to spend time with her family and thoroughly enjoyed her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was a 50-year member of the Eastern Star Organization.

Audrey is survived by her children, Jim Pearson of Glendale, AZ, David and Bev Pearson of Dassel, and Cindy and Kevin Anderson of Little Falls; six grandchildren, Cheryl Hasquet, Jeff Pearson, Zach Pearson, Paul Pearson, Carisa Lalim, and Luke Anderson; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by an infant daughter; her husband, Carlton; parents; and two siblings, Jerry Nelson, and Marlene McGuire.

A memorial service took place Friday, March 18 at 11 a.m. at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Litchfield. Interment of the urn followed the service at the Ripley Cemetery in Litchfield.

There was a time to gather with family and friends Thursday, March 17 at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel from 5 to 7 p.m. Visitation continued Friday at the church, one hour prior to the service.

The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the arrangements.