Irene Mims Pearson, 96, active member at First Baptist Church of Leland

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Irene Mims Pearson
Irene Mims Pearson

Irene Mims Pearson, 96, of Wilmington, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 10, 2016. She was born July, 6, 1919, in Pittsboro, the daughter of the late Giles Nathan and Gussie Arrowood Mendenhall.

Irene was devoted to her family. She married Arthur Mims at the age of 20 and they had four children. After Arthur’s death in 1975, she moved to Melbourne, Fla., where she met and married Paul Pearson. After Paul’s death, she moved to Magnolia Greens in Leland to be closer to her family. She loved her Lord and was an active member in her church. She regularly attended the First Baptist Church in Leland and was a part of the Ladies Adult 7 Sunday School Class.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Arthur L. Mims and Paul Pearson; brothers, George Mendenhall, Taft Mendenhall, Robert Mendenhall and Giles Mendenhall; and sisters May Mendenhall, Viola Lowe, Wilma Wesson and Virginia Crawford.

She is survived by her children, Carolyn Lanier (Calvin) of Castle Hayne, Richard L. Mims (Pat) of Leland, Lewis Mims (Ingrid) of Woodbridge, Va., and James B. Mims (Lori) of Montclair, Va.; grandchildren, Kimberly A. Amend (Tom), Ashley Thompson (Anthony) and Brian J. Mims; great-grandchild, Thomas J. Amend; stepson, Tom Pearson (Ginny) of Lafayette, Ind.; step-grandchild, Chris Pearson; as well as numerous other loving family members.

A funeral service will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 14, at Quinn McGowen Funeral Home, Wilmington Chapel, with a visitation following the service. Interment will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, April 18, where she will be buried with her husband, Arthur Mims in Quantico, in National Cemetery in Quantico, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Leland, 517 Village Road, Leland, NC 28451; or Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.

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