Shirley Hoover Pearse

February 16, 1932August 10, 2019

Shirley Hoover Pearse, of Gold Canyon, Az, 87 years, passed away in Springville,NY on August 10th. Shirley graduated with a BA from the University of Vermont. Married while in college, Shirley started a family which resulted in three children; Debbie, Cindy, and Ralph. Following graduation , and a short term as a H.S. teacher, Shirley decided to enter Boston University School of Theology and upon completion was awarded a Masters Degree becoming an ordained minister..She then became a Pastor in the New England Conference of the First United Methodist Church. Shirley then served as Pastor to seven churches throughout New England before her retirement in 2000. Shirley is survived by her husband, Donald; children, Debbie,Cindy and Ralph; 4 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren and a large number of extended family. Her guidance and love will be missed.

A memorial and celebration of life will be held Saturday, Aug. 24th, 2019 at 11:00am at Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park, 400 S Power Rd, Mesa, Az.. 85206


  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, August 24, 2019


Shirley Hoover Pearse

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Lynn Euzenas

September 19, 2019

Sending prayers and condolences to Shirley's family and loved ones. Shirley was a beloved colleague and friend to many. I recall fond memories of her presence, wit, and guidance as a younger clergywoman just entering the conference from seminary. She was and is a Blessed Foremother! My heart is sad today, yet grateful for this wonderful woman.

Lynn Euzenas

Ruth Miller

August 22, 2019

Shirley was with our church, (St. John’s United Methodist in Dover, NH) for only a year. I am sure that she was there for me. I had been struggling with my place in religion. She was the person who helped me realize what I needed. I loved Shirley. She was warm, witty, and wonderful!