Dorothy Dolores Pearce

Date of Birth

January 17, 1928

Date of Death

November 17, 2017

Dorothy Dolores Pearce (nee Huff) was born in Indiana on 01/17/1928 to Cledus Huff and Beulah Jean Million. Overcoming a childhood of deprivation, she built a life rich in literature, poetry, music, theatre and dance. In 1962, at 32 years old and a single mother of four, Dorothy decided to pursue her long-delayed dream of higher education, studying English Literature and French at UCSB. It was love at first sight, when, in Professor Donald Pearce’s poetry course, Dorothy raised her “undine’s arm” to answer his tricky question about The Ballad of Sir Patrick Spens. The two married in Paris in 1964, and for the next 40 years cherished each other. At the age of 50 Dorothy took up the cello and played in a local string quartet. She hosted many small concerts in her Montecito home, and was a devoted regular at the Music Academy of the West. Highly literate, the latest copy of The New York Review of Books was always on her coffee table. Dorothy cultivated her love of art and culture in all her children. She had a wicked sense of humor and did not suffer fools or poor grammar. She is survived by her four children, Michael (Christine) Adcock, Catherine (Scott) Underwood, Elizabeth (Bob Macklin) Adcock, and John Adcock, her grandchildren, Jessica Love, Elena Adcock, Emily Underwood, Adriane Underwood and Elliot Mackin, and her stepson Stephen (Judy) Pearce. Please join us to celebrate Dorothy’s life from 3-5pm on January 6th, 2018 in the Main Lounge at Vista del Monte Retirement Community, 3775 Modoc Road, Santa Barbara CA 93105. Parking is behind neighboring Emanuel Lutheran Church.


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