Rebekah Smith Pearce, 92, homemakerRebekah Smith Pearce, a...

September 13, 1998

Rebekah Smith Pearce, 92, homemaker

Rebekah Smith Pearce, a lifelong resident of Baltimore County who liked to recall for her family the horse-and-buggy days of her girlhood, died of heart failure Thursday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 92.

A farmer's wife and homemaker, Mrs. Pearce was born in Corbett and spent most of her life on Delight Farm, a parcel in Sparks owned by the Pearce family since 1854. She moved to the Presbyterian Home in Towson in December.

As a young woman, she graduated with a degree in occupational therapy from the Maryland Institute, College of Art. In the 1920s, she founded the occupational therapy department at Farnhurst Hospital, the old Delaware state mental hospital.

She worked there until her marriage in 1929 to Robert Pearce, a farmer and Baltimore County highway department employee who died in 1975.

For more than 50 years, Mrs. Pearce was an active member of Immanuel Episcopal Church in Glencoe, where services will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow.

She is survived by two daughters, Eleanor R. Pearce of Towson and Barbara Pearce Hudson of Woodstock, Conn.; four grandsons; and nine great-grandchildren.

Grant Turner Jeffery, 74, editor, lay minister

Grant Turner Jeffery, a longtime New York editor and public relations executive who dedicated his retirement to lay ministry, died of liver cancer Tuesday at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. He was 74.

A native of Toronto, Mr. Jeffery served in the Royal Canadian artillery during World War II. He graduated from Trinity College, University of Toronto, and completed a year of graduate work in religion.

Mr. Jeffery spent most of his career in New York as an editor of trade publications and an investor newsletter, and then as a public relations executive. From 1979 to 1982, he was director of public relations for the YMCA of Greater New York.

He earned a master's degree in religious education from Fordham University after his retirement, and was a lay minister in Brooklyn, N.Y, and at the Roman Catholic Immaculate Conception Church in Towson, where he moved in 1995.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Oct. 3 at Immaculate Conception, 200 Ware Ave.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, the former Mathilde Barbara Mantano; four sons, Peter Jeffery of Guilford, Conn., and Thomas Jeffery of Long Island, Paul Jeffery of Brooklyn and Philip Jeffery of Manhattan in New York; two daughters, Helen Jeffery of Towson and Barbara Danzi of Newport Beach, Calif.; and six grandchildren.

Evalena Oyemen Pepersack, 88, homemaker

Evalena Dorothy Oyemen Pepersack, a homemaker and lifelong Baltimore-area resident, died of heart disease Thursday at Genesis Elder Care Center Perring Parkway. She was 88.

Mrs. Pepersack lived most of her life in the Belair-Edison community, moving to Perry Hall last year.

She married Norman M. Pepersack in 1931 and raised four sons, including two who became prominent in local law enforcement. Mr. Pepersack died in 1968. One son, Gustav H. Pepersack, died in 1985.

After her sons were grown, Mrs. Pepersack sold jewelry for Stewart & Co. until the department store chain closed in 1983.

Mrs. Pepersack was a member of the Alpha Chapter No. 1 of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Rebekah Upper Falls Lodge of the International Order of Odd Fellows. She also was a member of Epiphany Lutheran Church, 4301 Raspe Ave. in Overlea, where services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

She is survived by three of her sons, Baltimore County Sheriff Norman M. Pepersack Jr. of Perry Hall, former Anne Arundel County Sheriff Robert G. Pepersack of Glen Burnie and Carl Barry Pepersack of Kingsville; two sisters, Henrietta M. Jackson of Baltimore and Emma Hensel of Solomons Island; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 9/13/98

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