Alice Pearl (Rich) Pershing, 86, of Surprise, Ariz., and formerly of Jasonville, passed away at 5:56 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2005 at Surprise, Ariz., following a short illness.
Born Sept. 14, 1919 in Jasonville, she was the daughter of Earl and Orlena (Hurst) Rich. On April 26, 1937, she married Clyde Pershing. He passed away in 1944.
She worked at the Formfit Genesco plant in Jasonville from its opening in February 1953 until it closed in November 1974, then at Burrell Color Inc., in Hebron from 1975 until she retired in 1981.
She grew up in the Jasonville area and attended school first at Jasonville and later at Midland. She and Clyde lived various places in the Jasonville-Linton area until Clyde's death. She then moved to Jasonville, where she lived until 1975. She then lived in Hebron and Terre Haute and then Grand Junction Colorado.
Survivors include: a daughter Lorena Pigg of Grand Junction, Colo.; a son Ronald Pershing of Surprise, Ariz.; a twin sister Alene Haviland of Coal City; a brother Wayne Rich of Attica; five grandchildren, James Hibbard, Jeff Pigg, Scott Pigg, Ramona Derrington, and Marissa Sipes; and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Clyde, a daughter Patsy Ann Hibbard, a grandson David Pershing, five sisters, Leona Stiffler, Mildred Rich, Dorothy Rich, Aziel Sinders, and Maxine Rich, and four brothers, Estel, Noble, Thomas and Earl Rich.
Memorial service will be at 1 p.m. on Friday at the McClanahan-Lee Funeral Home in Jasonville with Pastor Sam Bush officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Linton.
Friends may call from noon-1 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.