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Laura Lee Pearson

Aug. 17, 1957 - Jan. 12, 2018

Date of Service: Jan. 22, 2018

HEYBURN – Laura Lee Pearson, our sweet, angel sister has gone to her heavenly home to be with her Father in Heaven, her mother and father, and many other family members who have departed this life. She passed away on January 12, 2018, at the age of 60, and she will be greatly missed.

Laura Lee was born August 17, 1957, in Burley, Idaho, the daughter of Carmen and Beth Pearson. Laura Lee was born with Down syndrome and passed away suddenly due to aging and dementia.

No family was more loved by a sibling than we were by her. Laura Lee’s brothers, Steven and Ryan, were actively involved in her care to assist our parents, particularly when Mom and Dad moved to an assisted living facility in Utah.

Laura Lee was a generous giver of compliments. She could boost our spirits no matter the situation. This was one of her divine gifts.

Along with many of her friends, she attended the Opportunity School, which our father and others helped establish in Burley. For several years, Laura Lee worked at Burgers Etc. She also worked at McDonald’s, where she was once awarded “Employee of the Month.” She had also worked at Red Lobster in Pocatello, where she lived for a period of time. She enjoyed working at the various jobs she held, and she especially enjoyed greeting the customers. Payday was always her favorite day of the week.

Laura Lee was an avid bowler and won several awards for participating in Special Olympics. One of her favorite pastimes was watching movies, especially those with John Wayne. She would often tell her family that he was her boyfriend. Her favorite color was pink. If anyone was obsessed with clock watching, it was Laura Lee. She was always checking her watch to see if it was mealtime. She loved food.

Laura Lee was always doing her “homework,” which meant that she was studying her scriptures, of which she wore out several, along with other books and papers. Many notebooks were filled with her own language of notes from these dedicated study sessions.

At the time of her passing she was living at a group home in Heyburn, where she had roommates and caregivers who were especially dear to her. Over the years she had many caregivers who tended to her needs with sweet tenderness. As a family, we thank these loyal caregivers for their kind attention to Laura Lee’s needs. She accepted them as part of her family.

Laura Lee’s parents preceded her in death. She is survived by her sister, Ann Marie Pearson of North Salt Lake, Utah; and three brothers, Steven (Joanne) Pearson of Burley, Ryan (Jackie) Pearson of Heyburn, and Calvin (Heidi) Pearson of Salem, Utah; as well as many nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, January 22, at Rasmussen Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley. Interment will follow at Pella Cemetery.

A viewing will be held at the funeral home from 5 until 7 p.m. Sunday, January 21, and from 10 until 10:45 a.m. prior to the funeral service.

To quote professor Temple Grandin, the renowned and world-recognized spokesperson for Autism, “Just because we are different doesn’t mean we are less.”