Barbara Joan Pearson was born on Aug. 11, 1936, in Harlowton. She passed away on July 23, 2012, at the age of 75, of congestive heart failure and complications from diabetes. She was the granddaughter of Wheatland County’s pioneer ranchers, Joseph and Bertha Muir. Her parents were Max Lenington Sr. and Josephine Muir Lenington.
Barbara graduated from high school in Harlowton in 1954. She married her high school sweetheart, Gary L. Pearson, in 1955. Mr. Pearson was an ordained minister, and they pastored churches in Townsend, Deer Lodge and in the Bull Mountains near Roundup. Barbara enjoyed serving in her church as an adult Sunday school teacher, a singer, and a help mate to her husband.
Barbara loved to write, and wrote booklets, poems and stories, and many of them were published. Gary and Barbara were trained foster parents who took care of 36 foster children over the years. She also loved to draw and work in her flower garden. She was also an accomplished artist. Bible study and prayer were very special to her. She loved her Jesus with all her heart.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved husband, Gary. She is survived by her six children, Jan Knudson (and Jim), Laura Pearson and Ben Pearson of Billings, Gary D. Pearson Jr. (and Liz) of Oklahoma City, Tim Pearson (and Suz) of Maple Valley, Wash., and Steve Pearson of Helena; her sisters, Sharon Maki of Monarch, Linda Lenington of Harlowton; and brother Max Lenington Jr. of Billings. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place. Please come and join us in a celebration of her life at Yellowstone Baptist College Chapel, 1515 S. Shiloh Road in Billings, on Aug. 11, at 1 p.m. Reception will follow immediately after the service.
We would like to say a special thank you to the staff of Eagle Cliff Manor, Yellowstone Unit, for their loving kindness and wonderful care of our mother. Also a special thank you to the staff at Advanced Care Hospital of Montana for their kindness and perseverance. And a special thanks to RiverStone Hospice.