April 13, 1920 ~ April 24, 2008

Born in: Fort Worth, TX,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Mildred (Millie) Louise Pearson, 88, died Thursday, April 24, 2008, at John F. Keever, Jr. Solace Center. Millie was born in Ft. Worth, TX on April 13, 1920 and lived in Buncombe County for 31 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ballard C. Pearson, who died in 1974. She managed Manor Ridge Apartments in Woodfin for 17 years. Surviving are her son, Dan C. Pearson and his fiancee and Millie's special care giver, Jennifer Jones, of the home; three grandchildren, Tim, Dana and Tate; four great-grandchildren, Melanie, Ashley, Tara and Mandi. The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 pm Saturday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue. Special thanks to Care Partners Hospice and Keever Solace Center. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Care Partners Hospice Memorial Fund, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.

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  1. Other than our parents’ deaths, the loss of Millie is one of the hardest we have had to face. We have cherished her friendship for almost 30 years and love her deeply. Through all of our moves and ultimate return to Asheville, she was just a phone call away. Yes, we have wonderful memories to sustain us; but more than anything, we have the example she set of a positive attitude, her contentment, her love of family, the deep belief she had in prayer. . .and a fabulous sense of humor. We remember the Pu-Pu (sp?) Parlor, her Tex-Mex ‘secret’ recipe, stories about Ft. Worth Texas and her singing ‘The Yellow Rose of Texas’, Manor Ridge pool parties, her love for her husband Ballard and son Dan, wise advice and a ready shoulder to cry on, poker, milk punch, long talks on so many different topics. . . . and so much more. Millie was an original; what a character! To Dan, Jennifer, her grandchildren, and her great- grandchildren, we send our deepest condolences. She will be missed.
    Much love,
    Stan and Debbie Crumley

  2. Dan. I moved into Manor Ridge in 1974 and became great friends with Millie. I’ll always cherish our many poker nights and my visits to your Mom’s apartment just to talk. She had a great influence on me and I’ll alway remember her with great fondness.

  3. While I only knew Millie for 5-6 years I felt a special closeness to her . I know that there will be many that will miss her friendship and support and that constant smile. I feel very fortunate to have had her in my life.


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