Barbara Ann (Goostree) Pearson

December 29, 1928 ~ May 19, 2022 (age 93)


Barbara Ann Pearson, 93, of Johnston City, passed away Thursday, May 19, 2022, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale.

Graveside services will be held at 12:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at Blairsville Cemetery, with Rev. R.H. Chitwood officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Tuesday, at the funeral home.

Barbara was born December 29, 1928, in Harvey, Illinois, to Lawrence and LaVerne Edna (Kerr) Goostree Mansfield. She married Thomas Pearson on May 26, 1972, in Cambria.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas Pearson of Johnston City; daughter, Cindi (Donald) Jarvis of Bush; son, Larry Leeper of Etherton; 7 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents; step-father, George Mansfield; brother, Jack Goostree; son, Jack Leeper; and daughters-in-law, Vivian Leeper and Joyce Leeper.

She retired after 25 years of service in the Department of Geography at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

Barbara was a lifelong bowler and was active into her early 90’s. She also enjoyed watching basketball, especially cheering on the Golden State Warriors!

Barbara loved her family dearly and she will be missed.


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May 24, 2022

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home
322 North Division
Carterville, IL 62918

Graveside Service
May 24, 2022

12:00 PM
Blairsville Cemetery
Cambria Road
Carterville, IL 62918

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