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Lindaree Ledbetter Pearce

• May 2, 2018 at 10:08 AM

Lindaree Ledbetter Pearce passed away April 30, 2018 from illnesses associated with aging.

A graveside service will be held in Tennessee at a later date. She was the daughter of William Roy Ledbetter and Sarah Justine Payne Ledbetter who preceded her in death.

Lindaree was one of six children who were born in her grandmother’s farm house in Greene County, Tennessee, on November 22, 1931. In 1936, at the age of 5, her family moved to a large farm in Washington County near Lamar School where they remained during the Great Depression and World War II. Her entire family grew and preserved almost all of their year-round food needs.

In 1946 they moved to Johnson City where, in 1950, she graduated from Science Hill High School. She then attended East Tennessee State University for 2 years. She graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Nursing in 1955 with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree.

She was a member of First Families of Tennessee through her ancestor Isaac White.

The family was very involved in their church, the Bethesda United Methodist Church and Bible School, and which always had Christ-centered holiday activities. Due to health reasons she was an inactive member of a local United Methodist Church.

Preceding Lindaree in death, besides her parents, were her infant sister Frances, her brother Thomas Wheeler Ledbetter, sister Mary Ann Mobley, her Aunts Mary Payne and Dessie Maude Payne, and her former husband and father of her four children, Dr. Marcellus M Pearce. Leaving to cherish her memory are her children Dr. Marcellus M. Pearce, Jr., attorney Joel L. Pearce, Dr. Allen R. Pearce (Kathy Pearce), and Ann Shalon Pearce. Grandchildren included Benjamin J. (Michele Hess), Bethany, Samuel, Daniel, Adam, Duncan, Julia and Lindy Pearce and great-grandson is Kailen. Her sister is Jane L. Ernst of Lincoln, Nebraska and her brother is Dr. Howard Payne Ledbetter (Norbeth) of Fall Branch, Tennessee. Her sister-in-law is Elsie Pearce Mays, her brother-in-law is Dual D. Mobley and her daughter-in-law is Karen K Pearce.

Upon graduating from the University of Tennessee, her first nursing job was a walking district in inner-city Memphis with the Memphis-Shelby Co. Health Dept. She held retired in 1989 after 25 years of teaching in the BSN program at NSU. She attained the rank of Associate Professor of Nursing when she retired. Following retirement, she returned to the Overton Brooks VA for 8 more years of full time employment. She always considered it an honor to serve the veterans. During her working days she earned the Red Cross Pin for volunteer work and was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing as a nursing leader.

She was an accomplished seamstress and an avid reader of most things historical and biographical. She loved traveling to visit her East Tennessee family home, always loving the mountains where she grew up.

She always was involved in her children’s school activities and PTA serving as home room mother at least twice. In the summer, the family loved camping in Arkansas which involved many water sports. She insisted that all of her children become accomplished swimmers, which they were.

In retirement, her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren at her Cross Lake home where they fished and worked with plants. She enjoyed taking her granddaughter to dance lessons. The best 5 years were spent living with her daughter Ann. Lindaree worked on family genealogy by visiting courthouses and archives. She wrote 13 family stories from information she gathered. At least 5 were published in family history books. Many other stories were donated to libraries for their vertical files.

Her remains will be interred in Tennessee with her family at the Bethesda Cumberland Presbyterian Church cemetery on Tennessee State Hwy 93 in Greene County, near the Fall Branch community where she was born. She will be missed by all.

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