NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

December 7, 2013

Florence Pearson, 98


Exeter, NH — Florence Chapman Pearson, professional violinist, teacher and beloved mother, passed away Dec. 3 at Riverwoods in Exeter, NH. Born in 1915 to Florence and Gale Chapman, she grew up in a family of seven on a farm in Garrettsville, Ohio. Florence attended Western Reserve in Cleveland, transferring to Wellesley College (class of 1937), where she majored in music and studied violin at New England Conservatory, attending Tanglewood in its inaugural season. Passionate about education, she taught at Shady Hill School, Phillips Andover and Phillips Exeter Academies, and at the North Shore Branch of the New England Conservatory, where she served as Director. Until she moved to Exeter in 1995, Florence's community service to the Newburyport area included: Newbury PTA, Historical Society of Old Newbury, Garden Club, and League of Women Voters as well as many musical contributions to the Unitarian Church. She was active in the Riverwoods community, sponsoring numerous musical and social events. Married to Dr. Robert Winsor Pearson, who served for 40 years at Anna Jaques Hospital and John Sedoric of Exeter, NH, she leaves behind four grateful daughters, Gay, Beth, Loren and Lea Pearson. All who knew Florence valued her joie de vivre and her love of beauty in both nature and music.

ARRANGEMENTS: A musical celebration of her life will be held at the First Religious Society Unitarian Universalist, 26 Pleasant Street, Newburyport, MA on January 18, 2014, at 4:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, you are invited to send contributions for summer music camp scholarships to the Winsor Music Scholarship Fund, 312 Waltham Street, Lexington, MA 02421, http://winsormusic.org. For more information, visit the guest book at Brewitt Funeral Home, www.brewittfuneralhome.com.