Josephine Alice Pearce Stuckey, aged 84, passed away May 8, 2013 in Hillsborough, NC. Jo Alice, as she was fondly known, had been in declining health. Her final days were spent surrounded by her family.
Jo Alice was the daughter of William Wallace and Alice Fraser Pearce. She was born in Columbia, South Carolina, and grew up on Pawley’s Island. She attended the local one-room elementary school taught by Aunt Marie and Winyah High School in Georgetown, SC; she graduated from Winthrop College, in Rock Hill, SC, in 1948.
Jo Alice taught elementary school in the Paw Creek section of Charlotte, NC, a city where she lived for over 30 years. Later she worked as an expeditor at Mill Power Supply. After retiring in the 1990’s, she embarked on a final career as a Certified Nurse Assistant, a career that she loved and at which she excelled. She moved to the Chapel Hill area to be near her son’s family, and there she became a member of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. She crocheted hundreds of baby blankets for the Refugee Support Center, Ronald McDonald House, St. Matthew’s Church, and friends and family.
Jo Alice is remembered for her courage, determination and sense of humor by her three children, Elspeth, Bill and Abigail and their spouses Michael Smith, Lisa Stuckey, and Robert Clark; her three granddaughters, Beth Stuckey, Anne Stuckey, and Leigh Stuckey Saris and her husband Jimmy Saris; and the many nieces, nephews, and first and second cousins with whom Jo Alice shared a common heritage.
The family would like to thank Brenda Lee, Jo Alice’s cherished friend, for her warmth and devotion.
A memorial service will be held at St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Hillsborough on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 1 pm. A graveside service at All Saint’s Waccamaw Episcopal Church at Pawley’s Island will be held at a later date.
Memorial remembrances may be made to St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 210 St. Mary’s Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278 or Duke HomeCare & Hospice, Office of Development, 4321 Medical Park Drive, Suite 101, Durham, NC 27704.
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