Betty Mae (Goemaat) Pearson, age 90, of Knoxville, Iowa, (formerly Bussey, Iowa), passed away on Saturday, August 21, 2021 at her residence.
Betty was born on July 22, 1931 to Marsailus and Reka (Slykhuis) Goemaat. She was born south of Attica at home. Betty grew up in Tracy and graduated from Attica High School.
Betty was united in marriage to Harlan Pearson on April 22, 1951 at the Attica Methodist Church. They were blessed with three children, Cindy, Robbie, and Duane. They raised their family in the Pershing and Bussey areas, and enjoyed 65 years of marriage before Harlan’s passing on July 9, 2016.
Betty was employed at the Marion County Courthouse in the Auditor Office, Recorder Office, and Treasurer Office until her retirement. She was an active member of the Zion United Methodist Church and played the organ and piano for over 20 years and was still playing in July, 2021. Betty enjoyed playing softball and volleyball in her younger years. She also loved to play cards, dancing, and going on bus trips. Her greatest joy was family, and she especially loved attending the sports and activities of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on Friday, August 27, 2021 from 2:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at the Winfield Funeral Home of Knoxville. Betty’s family will be present to greet friends and relatives from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 28, 2021 at 10:30 A.M. at the Zion United Methodist Church in Pershing, Iowa. Burial will be held at Zion Cemetery, with a luncheon to follow at Zion United Methodist Church. Her family encourages people to wear bright colored clothing to the services, as Betty also enjoyed bright colors.
Betty is survived by her two daughters, Cindy (Buck) Pettyjohn of Knoxville, and Robbie (Frank) Johnson of Oskaloosa; three sisters, Helen Neifert of Knoxville, Marcella Rook of Pella, and Ruby VanVark of Pella; seven grandchildren, Ryan (Cassi) Pettyjohn, Jennifer (Tim) TenClay, Brett (Rachel) Johnson, Brenda (Craig) Galassi, Holly (Donna) Pearson, and Kristen (Eric) McCombs; two step grandchildren, Bret (Tracy) Pettyjohn and Tanya (Greg) Beebe; seven great grandchildren, Lance, Sophia, Hannah, Petra, Colt, Isabel, and Harper; also four step great grandchildren, Trenton, Lucas, Garret, and Hunter; and one great great grandson, Jax.
Betty is preceded in death by her parents, Marsailus and Reka Goemaat; husband, Harlan Pearson; son, Duane Pearson; and grandson, Jeff Johnson.
Memorials may be given to Zion United Methodist Church and will be used for improvements at the Cemetery.