Joyce Pearson was a bubbly and outgoing woman who loved to be around people, said Ernie Pearson, her husband of 40 years.
“She was easy-going,” he said. “She loved to work at the grocery store because she liked the people. Everyone thought she had a good personality.”
Joyce Pearson, 59, of Valparaiso, died Oct. 14. She had worked for McGill Manufacturing and Costas/WiseWay foods.
Pearson loved her children, and was always involved in their activities, her husband said.
“They always had her around,” he said. “She took them to baseball, basketball, whatever they were involved in. She was involved with everything.”
She loved spending time with her grandchildren, who live in the Indianapolis area.
“She couldn’t buy enough for them, or love them enough,” he said.
She also loved animals, and at one time had four dogs.
“She loved all animals, but dogs in particular,” he said. “When we were dating, she had a black lab and sometimes the dog would go on our dates with us.”
Pearson said his wife would have appreciated the fact that more than $1,600 was donated to the Porter County Animal Shelter in her name.
The family made three trips to Hawaii over the years, and the couple was planning an Alaskan vacation.
“We wanted to go on an Alaskan cruise, but then she got sick,” he said.
Pearson said his wife could always make someone feel better if they were having a bad day.
“She made people’s day better with the hugs she gave,” he said. “She had big, beautiful blue eyes and she lit up the room as soon as she walked into it.”