Catherine Pearson

May 26, 2020 19 Condolences Print Obituary Send Flowers

Cathy was born on February 4th, 1956 in Barrie, ON. She grew up in an airforce family, living in Cold Lake, Rivers and finally moving to Edmonton in 1969. Her days as a youth were spent hanging out on the base at the recreation & teen centres. Bush parties were a frequent event for the teens on the base. They would also hitchhike/bus into the city to hang out with friends, party at the social centres in town and make trouble at Northgate Centre (okay… maybe not Cathy). In 1971 (or 1970 according to Rick), Cathy and Rick started dating. In 1973, Cathy graduated from Archbishop O’Leary High School and in February of 1977 her and Rick got married and moved to Vancouver. After two years of “enjoying” the winter west coast rain, she decided it was time to return to sunny Alberta and they moved back to Edmonton. Over the years, Cathy utilized her administrative expertise, working for multiple companies and spending most of her career (29 years) at the University of Alberta.

Two of the most important milestones in Cathy’s life occurred in May of 1981 and October of 1990 when her daughter Deanna and son Michael were born.
Cathy was an amazing, loving and proud mother. She made sacrifices and cared for her children more than anything. She was a protector and stood up for her kids. She was their biggest cheer leader, encouraging and believing in them no matter what. She was there to listen when adversity came and the comforting arms when they needed it. She was a role model, teaching her children to be respectful, responsible and loving.

Cathy was a loving wife. She was committed to her relationship of almost 50 years, through the good times and the bad. That commitment was one of her most enduring qualities as a wife. But there were many other things Rick loved about her too. She led the way when resolutions of conflict were needed. When she committed to a cause, her dedication was unwavering and she had a caring compassion for helping others through tough times. Her attention to detail regarding personal fashion brought out her beauty. And the sound of her voice on the phone was always a comfort. Cathy was an amazing wife.

Cathy had many passions in her life, most of which involved spending time with others. Whether it was socializing at events, shopping and eating out, or traveling across the country to visit friends and family, Cathy knew that the most important things in life were the relationships she had. She made a great effort to be everyone’s friend and wasn’t afraid to make sacrifices for others. Cathy also loved travelling throughout her life to warmer places, especially Mexico and the Caribbean. She enjoyed reading fiction novels and watching sci-fi movies/shows. Later in life, she tapped into her creative side and became a dedicated card maker through Stampin’ Up, sharing her passion with family and friends through home workshops.

Cathy was a fighter and a survivor from day one on this earth. She was born 10 weeks early after almost suffocating and spent 63 days in an incubator. She fought to survive and she did. In 2010, she was diagnosed with borderline type 2 diabetes. She adapted her lifestyle and she kept living. In 2013 she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. She fought and she beat it. She became an inspiration to others with breast cancer and she participated in the Run for the Cure every year. In 2017, she had a heart attack and after having 3 stents inserted, she fought to recover and came out with a heart that was just as strong as before. On July 29th, 2019, she was diagnosed with stage 4 endometrial cancer. The doctors said she was terminal, but she chose to fight anyways. Chemotherapy, alternative treatments, diet changes and prayer led to regression of the disease in the fall of 2019. In early 2020 however, the disease was growing again. So she kept fighting, doubling down on her treatments and adding radiation therapy. On April 12, complications with the disease led to her being admitted to the hospital, in the midst of a pandemic. She was told she didn’t have much time left. She spent two and a half weeks in the hospital, with no visitors allowed, and she fought like hell to get well enough to go home, to see and hold her family again. On April 29, she was discharged from the hospital and spent the next 24 days at home, surrounded by her loving family and friends. She could finally stop fighting and she could rest. On May 23, 2020 at the age of 64, the Lord called her home and gave her peace.

Cathy is predeceased by her parents Edna and Leo Ricketts, her mother and father in-law Verna and Ken Pearson, her sister Denise Hilbrecht and brother-in-law Larry Fermaniuk. Left to cherish her memory is her husband Rick Pearson, her daughter Deanna Romanchuk (Tyler), her son Michael Pearson (Dawn Hodder) and her cat Mittens as well as her sister Janet Fermaniuk (Guy Garneau) and her sister in-law’s Heather O’Neill (Jack), Brenda Pearson (Jules Jones) and Deb Maltby (Stephen). She is also survived by a large extended family.

A small private funeral is being held for Cathy’s close family. Inurnment and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date when all of her family and friends can gather together to remember and celebrate the gift of her life and the impact she had on so many. If you’d like to share positive stories, memories and photos of Cathy, please visit her Facebook page which has been memorialized. The family will also post details there about the Inurnment and Celebration of Life when dates are set.

Cathy’s son Michael will be participating in the Terry Fox Run on September 20th and the Run for the Cure on October 4th. In lieu of flowers, please consider honouring Cathy by sponsoring Michael with a donation for one of these events. You can do so at:

  1. Dear Rick, Michael & Deanna,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Wish we could be with you at this time. Cathy was such a great lady. She was very loving, caring and had such a strong Faith. We where happy Cathy & you could spend time with us over the past few summers. It gave us the opportunity to get to know her.
    You are all in our thoughts & prayers.
    We Love you.
    Gail & Don

  2. My heart ached after learning of Cathy’s passing. As stated in her obituary, it is so true about her having a calming voice. Her smile was infectious! I have fond memories from the time I met her in high school. As I sit back and reflect on those memories, every single one brings to mind her smile and soothing tone. Cathy shared a special moment in my life standing up for me at my wedding a month before she and Rick were married. It’s unfortunate that we did not see each other often, getting together for dinner with the girls once in awhile was not enough. I’m saddened that we won’t be able to get together again. Rick, Deanna and Michael, I pray for your strength and courage to continue living by Cathy’s example. Cherish all of your beautiful memories, and find peace in knowing that she is in a happy place full of laughter and without pain and suffering. She deserves to be at peace, and I believe she’ll always be by your side, smiling down on each and everyone of you! She will be greatly missed, God Bless!
    Debbie Durante (nee Letendre)

    • Dear Cathy,
      Growing up I spent a ton of time over at your house. You always asked how I was, how my family was doing and always just taking interest in my personal life. It wasn’t that you took the time to ask, you always took the time to care. I remember when I was little sleeping over and getting sick. How you took care of me, wrapped me in a blanket and made sure that I was all right. I appreciate it.
      Then time passes and I got older probably didn’t see you for a good 8 years, then bumping into you one day. And nothing changed. You still asked how I’m doing, my family and my life. And you still cared. You were someone who just always took the time to care. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. I will never forgot your kindness and love you showed me as well as your family. You will be missed, may you please rest in peace.
      To Rick, Deanna, Mike and the rest of the family.
      My heart goes out to you losing someone so special. I’m so sorry for your loss. And prey for your strength in this tough time.
      Much love – Brett

  3. Jules, myself and the children will miss Cathy. Our rendez-vous visits in the Maritimes were great adventures. Shared times with Mom and your family are treasured. I will miss our long talks on the phone over the miles and the loving comfort she has given me over the years.
    A cardinal has been visiting us this week to let me know that she at at peace. May you all find peace as well.
    Love, Brenda, Jules and family.

    • Hugs, my dear friend.

  4. Rick, Michael & Deanna;
    My heartfelt sympathy on the loss of Cathy. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time!

    • Dear Rickells, Deanna and Michael,
      What a wonderful read. Our first meeting with Cathy was at a work social event, Cathy was very social, easy to speak with, a beautiful smile, and a real love for Rick. We only saw each other at these socials, it was always great to see her, she always had something nice to say and complimented my antic. Her love for Rick was always visual especially when we would sit and listen to one of Ricks many tales.That visual turned to a teary eyed glint when her husbands tales would conclude with, “BORN TO BE WIIIIILD ! “. God blessed us with Cathy in our lives.

  5. Hi Rick , Deanna and Michael,

    I’m so sorry for your loss , she was a beautiful person . Take care of each other and my heart goes out to you all through this difficult time . Hugs and prayers

  6. Our sincere condolences to Rick and family

    • My deepest sympathy to Rick and family I talked to Cathy many times on the bus coming home from work and working out together at Spa Lady Michael went to school with my son Dustin and played soccer together. Cathy was a very caring , kind person and will be truly missed

    • Hello Brenda,
      Please advise if you are a friend of Jeanne MacDonald (Barclay, Marshall).

      Thank you.

  7. Dear Rick, Deanna & Michael,

    My deepest condolences to you and all of your loved ones. Cathy was a dear and precious friend. My heart is with you in this time of sorrow.
    With love,

  8. Dear Rick, Deanna and Michael,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very difficult time. Cherish your precious memories and take care of one another.
    Shirley & George Waterman.

  9. My sincerest sympathy to Rick, family and friends. My deepest compassion, love and comfort to Janet Fermaniuk as she has lost her last remaining sibling. This has to be terribly hard. You are no novice to grief Janet but each and every time it hits it’s pain relived. My thoughts, prayers are with you. Cathy will stop by with visits that will surprise you and make you chuckle. This is her way of telling you that she is okay and you are loved <3 God Bless you at this terribly difficult time. Sharon Nadeau ps; The Blessing always is ''you knew and loved her and visa versa''. She's in no more pain.

  10. Rick, Deanna and Michael
    So sorry for your loss. It’s hard to believe it was almost fifty years ago, when everyone was hanging out at the Pearson house. Then we went our separate ways in life, but always circled back around to meet again every few years. And then there were more stories to tell and laughs to be shared. What were the chances that Cathy and I would have radiation at exactly the same time? It was meant to be. Again, stories to tell, lots of laughs. Cathy was a beautiful person, inside and out, and will be missed. May she find peace now, free from pain.

  11. So sorry to hear Michael Deanna & Rick on Cathys passing
    Came as a shock to us poor girl during this Pandemic
    So glad she got to come home.
    She has left a proud legacy with all of you

  12. Rick, Deanna, Michael and family,
    Another angel in heaven. Cathy was a gentle, loving, caring person with a strong determination. The 3 of you were her everything. As difficult as this time is know that Cathy is at peace and will remain in your hearts forever,silently guiding you each day and watching over you. We share your loss and wish we could be there with you in person but know we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love and Hugs to you all,
    Ruth Ann and Kevin

  13. In February of 1999, I was at work – sick, stressed and crying. The women were standing around me, when someone came pushing through them. Cathy came to me and wrapped her arms around me in an incredible hug. We have been friends ever since. We hugged for comfort, greetings, love, and any other reason we could think of. Cathy will always be the best friend I have ever had, and I will always miss her. My heart goes out to her beautiful family at this time of loss. Cathy was their center and their strength. She is in our hearts forever.

  14. Dear Rick, Michael & Deanna
    I’m very sorry for your loss.
    I knew Cathy & Rick from the base.
    RIP Cathy

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