Keith & Keith Funeral Home

This week the family of Ellen Pearson celebrates her extraordinary life.

Our beloved wife and mother, Ellen Boyd Pearson, a remarkable lady, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on May 26, 2013. Born to Winfield and Esther Boyd on May 20, 1921 in Walla Walla, they moved to Yakima when she was young.

She attended school at McKinley, Franklin Jr. High and Yakima High, during which time she excelled in tennis, winning the Yakima Valley Championship. Ellen married Delmar Pearson, her University of Washington sweetheart 70 years ago, recently celebrating that anniversary.

All of Ellen’s family have been fortunate to admire a woman who contributed a great deal in her lifetime through both hard work and generosity to the community. Coming from a long line of independent women, Ellen was a long standing orchardist who bought tractors instead of davenports. She was an active member of the Florence Marley Guild that raised money for Memorial Hospital and loved their arts and craft projects. Other interests included being a member of Backstage Theater Guild and Nine O’clock Dance Club and she especially enjoyed her various bridge clubs.

She was devoted to her husband, children, and grandchildren who have many fond memories. They included many weekends with family and friends hunting for arrowheads, camping and hiking, as well as being an avid swim team parent.

She enjoyed following Seattle Slew’s career. Ellen loved peonies and reading. Her inquisitive mind and love of history fueled her quest to travel the world researching her family tree, even at age 90 crossing Russia on the Trans-Siberian Railway.

Ellen was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Margaret Mendenhall. She is survived by her husband, Delmar and children Karen (Mickey) Taylor of Yakima, Lori Franklin of Yakima, Ardy (Jerome) Brown of Seattle and Delmar Jr. of Lexington. They have six grandchildren Tory & Eroyn Franklin, Miles & Zachary Brown, Alex & Nick Pearson, and Seattle Slew & his dog Chet Taylor. She will be missed by her many lifelong friends and family.

The family wishes to thank everyone who offered their love and support throughout her illness. There will be a private memorial to honor her life. In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to Children’s Village.