Published in The Washington Post from Oct. 22 to Oct. 27, 2019
Shirley Matchett Pearson (Age 91)
Of Bethesda, MD passed away peacefully in the care of family on October 10, 2019. The
fourth-generation Washingtonian graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School (1946)
and later received her degree from George Washington University.
During her life she was an active volunteer on local ski patrols and built a career in real estate
specializing in embassies and foreign missions. She was also a member of Congressional
She is survived by sister Patricia Drummond, daughter Maureen Lake, and grandchildren:
Jenny Sage, Matthew Sage, and Julia Lowe.
She is predeceased by husband William F. Pearson and son, Robert Lowe, Jr.
A funeral was held at Rock Creek Cemetery on Friday, October 25.
Memorial donations may be made to the Development Office of the Washington National
Cathedral for repairs and restoration.
Words of comfort may be shared at www.josephgawlers.com or by contacting Jenny Sage at