Nadine Pearce

January 31, 1936 - June 6, 2022

Gloria Nadine Pearce of Beaumont, Texas, passed away on Monday, June 6 at the age of 86.

Nadine was born in Mabank, Texas, on January 31, 1936. She was the daughter of Odie and Lavonna Blackwell who both predeceased her. She grew up in Grand Prairie, Texas, and attended Grand Prairie High School, where she was a Varsity Cheerleader and involved in many clubs. After graduation she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Texas and returned to Grand Prairie High School as an English teacher. Nadine was a consummate learner and this was to be the start of what would become a continually expanding journey throughout her life. Nadine went on to earn a Master of Arts degree from the University of North Texas and a Post Graduate degree in Theology from the Anglican School of Theology. After moving to Beaumont, Texas, she began her teaching career at Lamar University.

Nadine was a student and a teacher, a successful restauranteur, an accomplished artist and a spiritual mentor to many. She did not put value in the typical accolades that accompany success. Regardless of a person’s station in life, she welcomed all with arms wide open. Her greatest joy came from the personal connections she made with her students and helping them to overcome their fear of creative writing. This desire to empower her friends developed into workshops at her home. Here, Nadine would help them to explore their creative abilities through art, while also seeking a deeper understanding of themselves and God.

Nadine was a true friend and had a contagious zest for life that inspired so many around her. She had a sparkle in her eyes and a hearty belly laugh that was a true soul balm. Her positive and fun loving outlook was contagious and so often, she joyfully exclaimed to her family, “I have SUCH good friends!”

Nadine is survived by her sister, Vermell Boucher; two sons, Don Pearce, Tony Pearce and his wife, Karrie. She had three grandchildren, Graham, Ashleigh and Paige Pearce; and three great-grandchildren, Eliana, Isabela and Sofia Pearce. All of whom she loved deeply and unconditionally.

A memorial service for Nadine will be at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, July 24, 2022, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. The family requests that dress is informal as this is how Nadine would have preferred. Her cremation arrangements will be handled through Broussard’s Crematorium, Beaumont.

Flowers may be sent to the Broussard’s Major Drive location and if desired donations may be made to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 424 East 92nd Street New York, New York 10128-6804 or at

Memorial Service

Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
  • 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • July 24, 2022
  • 3:00 pm

Comments (8)

    Lucille M Armintor says:

    Nadine was a lovely, caring friend I met at the Beaumont Bridge Studio a few years ago. I told her a few weeks ago that she was the most eclectic friend I had ever had. She was all that an more. I am happy to have called her my friend.

    Julie Munro says:

    Don, Tony, and Karrie…..My sincere sympathy for the loss of your mother, such a pretty, and talented lady ! May she rest in peace.

    Karrie Pearce says:

    Thank you so much Julie! I loved Nadine like she was my mom. I feel so blessed to have had her in my life as long as I did. She enjoyed her life so much and I wish she had more time with her friends and family but I know she went just as she would have wanted, mind in tact and loving her life as it was. All of us miss her so much.

    Flo Ferguson says:

    A light has gone out in the universe for all who knew and loved Nadine. Her loving, accepting nature, her open heart and arms, genuine smile and infectious laugh will reside in my heart forever.

    Linda Dovell says:

    Don, Tony and Family-Nadine was truly a compassionate loving person, as well as a talented artist and inspiration to all she met. She will be greatly missed and I consider myself fortunate to have had her as a friend. Some people in our life are taken far too soon, but never to be forgotten.

    Diana Marquis says:

    Nadine and I worked together at the SMU in Taos program. She was my boss and my friend, and mentor. I remember her chewing Nicorete gum, laughing and handling all the professorial egos with grace, patience, and a twinkle in her eye.

    Cheryl Johnson says:

    I will forever treasure my friendship with Nadine. We met on our first day at Lamar in 2003 and became instant friends. I am grateful for her, and she will be greatly missed. My sincere condolences to her family. I know how much she loved you.

    jerolyn frazier says:

    My prayers are with you Tony and your family. We both shared the same grief. I love you and Karrie so much.
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