Mountain News Obituary

Created by Brian on 11/11/2015
A very nice obituary from the Mountain News ( )

Gloria "Lori" Pearson
Gloria "Lori" Lynn Pearson was born February 4, 1953 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and passed away on November 2, 2015 in Lake Arrowhead, California. Lori was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin and Ethelyn Pearson, brother, Robert and sister-in-law, Martha.

Following graduation from Michigan State University in 1975, Lori moved to Southern California. Later, she entered UCLA where she earned a professional designation in Landscape Architecture.

In 1977, Lori married and began a family in Tarzana. Lori was a devoted mother to son, Brian, and a succession of beautiful golden retrievers. In addition to working as the head buyer at Treeland Nursery, Lori was an active member with the P.E.O. Sisterhood, a leader in the local community of Melody Acres, and a regular volunteer with Guide Dogs of America.

For many years, Lori was a part-time resident of Lake Arrowhead until moving to the mountain permanently in 2004. From that time forward, the majority of Lori’s time was spent doing volunteer work for many local organizations. These included the Rim of the World Historical Society, Mountain Meals on Wheels (both as a board member and driver), Soroptimist International of Rim of the World, Arrowhead Arts Association, Arrowhead Arts Auxiliary (was a past-president), and served as a member of various other committees.

Using her landscape architecture expertise, she designed the Arrowhead Lake Association’s Demonstration Garden at Tavern Bay Beach Club, and the Memorial Garden at St. Richards Episcopal Church in Sky Forest. In 2013, she was bestowed the ROWHS Wagon Wheel award in recognition of her work in designing and executing the landscaping at the Rim of the World Mountain Museum.

Through her quiet and giving manner in doing good works, Lori gave of her time and talents freely to aid and help others in the community. When she accepted a project, all involved recognized that she would put forth the time, effort, and determination needed for the resulting project to be successful.

Lori is survived by her son, Brian Zelner, partner in life, Jack Cooperman, sister Elaine Pearson, nephews, Adrian, Erik, nieces, Karen and April, along with great nephews, nieces, cousins, and her many dear friends.