Barbara Larue Pearsall

November 15, 1924 - May 30, 2020

Born Nov. 15, 1924, (95 yrs.) passed away under the exceptional care of Hospice Prince Edward on May 30, 2020. She has the distinction of living the longest in her family and achieving 76 years of marriage to the love of her life, Leland Fred Pearsall. Their love, caring for each other and devotion into their senior years are examples to us all. She said “We had a good run”. “I have had a good life.” She is predeceased by her parents, Elmer Collier and Nellie (Lambert) Collier of South Bay, and her daughter, Evva Roanne Therrien and her sister Lela Hudgin and her brother-in-law Mervin Hudgin. She loved the hard work of farm life and loved a fun time with her many friends and family. Her 75th wedding anniversary celebration brought out 200 plus people to honour that day. She said, “I have had a wonderful childhood” with her friends the Whattams brothers Willis and Norman, Verla Robbins Whattam and Jean Dulmage Whattam to name a few. At 14 years, Barbara had a job of driving the truck for the Cherry Valley Canning Factory to pick up the workers from South Bay and take them to the Factory. Once she made it down the Milford hill she stopped to tell Quint Minaker (mechanic) that she had no brakes. He said, “Oh just put it in Bull Low and you will be fine”. She laughed “they never did fix those brakes.” She moved up to be the factory bookkeeper with no orientation and then became responsible for the payroll for the whole company. She said her life with Leland has been filled with lots of laughter and many fun memories. Dancing was a must once or twice a week throughout her life. She met Leland at a dance at Martin’s Dance Hall out at the outlet and they continued weekly dancing up to her age of 92. She always had a big garden with all the canning and freezing that follows but most of all she loved giving lots of it away. She was known as the geranium lady. They surrounded that old farm house and then in the winter they filled all the windows. She loved entering her baking in the Picton Fair and usually won. You know when a prize was a case of peas. She had a keen sense of genealogy and knew who was related to who and family history for many but especially from South Bay. She was better than a click on Google because she had the story that went along with the relationship link. She gave back to her community as a strong supporter and volunteer during her life teaching 4 H Homemaking, working at Picton Blood Donor Clinic, being a member of the Prince Edward Hospital Women’s Auxiliary, the Gilbert’s Mills Women’s Institute, and the Royal Purple Women’s division of the Elks Lodge. In other words Barbara could do it all and do it well. We are blessed to have had her in our lives, and they say a life well lived leaves behind a beautiful legacy of wonderful memories. She was full of life; she loved her man, loved to laugh, loved to dance, worked hard, enjoyed friendships of all ages, and believed in being a great neighbour and had a special place in her heart for her family. We would all do well to take away these traits and try and make them our own for a long, successful, happy and healthy life. Barbara will be sadly missed by her husband, Leland, daughter Rilla Rhodes (Leith), son-in-law Jack Therrien, grandsons Dustin Therrien (Crystal) and Derek Therrien. Remembered as GG to her great grandchildren Arlo, Deacon, and Raya Therrien. A thank-you goes out for all the support, expertise and compassion given by the staff at Belleville General Hospital Quinte 4, by the wonderful staff of Hospice Prince Edward, and by Dr. Sarah LeBlanc. A private graveside service will take place followed by Interment at Glenwood Cemetery, Picton. Donations may be made to Hospice Prince Edward, or the charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to the Whattam Funeral Home, 33 Main St., Picton, ON.