Past Auxiliary Commander passes.* Katherine Pearson, past Auxiliary National Commander, died Jan. 19 in Mankato, Minn., at the age of 92.
Mrs. Pearson was born Oct. 18, 1919, in Mankato. During World War II, she worked building B-24 fourengine bombers, and in 1942 married Lyle Pearson in San Diego San Diego (săn dēā`gō), city (1990 pop. 1,110,549), seat of San Diego co., S Calif., on San Diego Bay; inc. 1850. San Diego includes the unincorporated communities of La Jolla and Spring Valley. Coronado is across the bay. .
Mrs. Pearson served as Auxiliary National Commander from 1987 to 1988, having served in all elective and appointed offices for Unit 10 in Mankato. Her exemplary service to the Auxiliary includes holding more than 20 offices at the Unit and Department levels. She gave 47 years of volunteer service to the St. Peter State Hospital, 46 years of service to the Minnesota Security Hospital The Minnesota Security Hospital is a maximum security psychiatric hospital located in St. Peter, Minnesota. It serves people who have been committed by the court as mentally ill and dangerous. , and participated in Unit and Department Forget-Me-Not projects over 47 years.
"The DAV See WebDAV. family is saddened by the loss of such an esteemed Auxiliary life member as Katherine Pearson. Mrs. Pearson lived an exceptionally full life marked by dedication to her family and community, as well as to the DAV and the Auxiliary," said National Adjutant ADJUTANT. A military officer, attached to every battalion of a regiment. It is his duty to superintend, under his superiors, all matters relating to the ordinary routine of discipline in the regiment. Arthur H. Wilson.
"Mrs. Pearson embodied the spirit of volunteerism to her core. She served the Auxiliary in so many capacities and has been an invaluable part of the DAV family and to her community. She will be greatly missed and always fondly remembered," said Auxiliary National Adjutant Judy Hezlep.
Mrs. Pearson is survived by her husband Lyle, (past DAV National Commander from 1975 to 1976), seven children (all four daughters are life members of the Auxiliary and the eldest of three sons is a Vietnam veteran), grandchildren and great-grandchildren.