Anne Stark Livingston Pearson, 92, passed away peacefully in her home on March 31, 2023. She is survived by her children Stephen (Mary Lou), David (Paloma), Leslie, Douglas, Jennifer, and daughter-in-law Julieanne. She leaves 12 grandchildren Matthew, Daniel; Annemarie, Paloma, John; Andrew, Alexander, Kathryn (Katy), Sarah; Siobhan, Sile, Seanna; 11 great-grandchildren to date, and her brother Edgar “Jim” (Thelma). She was preceded in death by her husband Howard, son Mark, and grandson Damon.
Born in Massachusetts in 1930 at the height of the Great Depression, Anne was the daughter of Edgar and Kathryn (née Stark) Livingston of Northfield. She attended the Northfield School for Girls and Keuka College. It was during a summer waitressing job on Cape Cod that she met her husband Howard, who was bussing tables at the same resort. They married in 1951 and were together more than 65 years prior to his passing in 2016. The early years of the Pearson family were “a bit of a blur” as Anne was home with the children while Howard finished medical school in Cambridge, Massachusetts and his residency in Bethesda, Maryland. They spent several years in Gainesville, Florida before moving to Orange for Howard’s position at Yale in 1968.
Anne attended the Orange Congregational Church and sang in the Senior Choir for 43 years. She particularly enjoyed traveling with her family, including trips to Ireland, Scotland, England, Spain, France, Greece, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Panama, El Salvador, Guatemala, Turkey, Hawaii, and Alaska. As a Daughter of the American Revolution (DAR), Anne was interested in genealogy, proud of being a direct descendant of two famous generals, Israel Putnam and John Stark. When grandchildren began arriving, Anne began her tradition of making hand-painted ornaments for them all each Christmas. She was an avid doll collector, loved arts and crafts, making gifts for family members, playing the piano, and simply enjoying her life. “Every morning when I open the curtains and look out, I think to myself how lucky I am.”
Anne’s legacy to her family and all who knew her are the values of gratitude, appreciation, and the joy that she found in every day. Never pretentious, always gracious—she was a woman of her time and yet far beyond it. As a mother, grandmother, and “GG” she brought music, color, and beauty to our lives. Thank you, Mom.
The family would like to thank Douglas, Jennifer, Cindy Riccitelli, Always Best Care and Connecticut Hospice for their caring presence in the final years of Anne’s life. We would particularly like to acknowledge caregivers Alicia, Jessica, and Rachel for their tireless support and friendship with Anne.
A memorial service is planned for 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 10, 2023, at the Orange Congregational Church on the green with internment at the church’s Memorial Garden. A reception will follow in Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to be made to the church’s Music Fund in Anne’s memory.
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