Mass of Christian Burial for Mary Pearce, 88 year old Buffalo woman who passed away late Monday evening at the Johnson County Health Care Center in Buffalo, will be celebrated on Friday, February 10th at 10:00 a.m. from St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Buffalo with Father Pete Johnson as Celebrant. Visitation will be held from the Adams Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. A Vigil Service will be held and the Rosary recited on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. from St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Donations in Mrs. Pearce’s memory may be made to the Buffalo Senior Center in care of the Adams Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo.
Mary Mildred Pearce was born on August 15, 1923, in Valley County, Nebraska to John and Antonia Kovarik. She grew up and received her schooling in Valley County and graduated from Ord High School in 1941. After high school she received certification as a teacher and taught in rural schools in Nebraska. She was married on July 1, 1950, in Denver, Colorado to Thomas Pearce. In 1960 they moved to Buffalo where they made their home and raised their 11 children. Mr. Pearce passed away in April of 2002 and Mary continued living in Buffalo until the time of her death.
Mary had a fine eye for the wonders found in nature and loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be remembered for her ability to make anything grow, her creativity, and her sense of humor. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and the Altar Society.
She is survived by her eleven children: Deborah Brilz and husband Tony of Billings, Montana, Teresa Pearce of Hollister, California, Patricia Pearce – Nicholas and husband Dr. Richard Nicholas of Singapore, Tom Pearce and wife Ana of Phoenix, Arizona, Rita Anderson and husband Garry of Tucson, Arizona, Mary Schlueter and husband Mike of Tucson, Kathleen Pearce of Richland, Washington, Janet Pearce of Richland, Washington, John Pearce of Buffalo, Paul Pearce of Portland, Oregon, Mark Pearce of Buffalo, one sister, Lillian Kovarik of Littleton, Colorado, twelve grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, three brothers and five sisters.