Doreen Pearson

Published 11:02 am Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Doreen Pearson died on July 5, 2011.
Vernon Doreen Pearson was born on May 13, 1931, down the railroad and the Saluda Grade below Saluda at Melrose.
Her parents were Giles William Pearson and Aletha Edna Morgan Pearson. Doreen was baptised and confirmed in the Episcopal Church at Saluda. She was one of nine children.
Doreen graduated from the Saluda School at the top of her class and then attended Brevard College for two years. After graduating from Brevard, she followed her six sisters to Washington, D.C., to find employment.
The sisters were Susan (Barbour), Virginia (McKinney), Julia (Daunt), Odessa (Galda), Aletha and Mildred. The two brothers were Giles William Jr. and Frederick James. Their family heritage is notable.
Doreen was an executive secretary, mostly in the private sector, but her last few working years were with the F.D.I.C. in Washington for one of its top executives. Doreen married Brainard L. Janicki, executive vice-president of the Raleigh Stores in Washington in 1971, and they enjoyed 40 happy years together. They had no children. They retired in 1985, when they returned to Melrose and built their home overlooking the Fork Creek Road, around the corner from the old Pearson homeplace.
In Washington, Doreen attended classes at night, and after marriage attended full time at the George Washington University (she had been an English major) and was awarded a degree in psychology.
Doreen enjoyed life, Melrose, nature, all of the arts, people, traveling and just being Doreen. She was a very decent individual. May she rest in peace.
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