Rozina "Rose" Hancock was born December 5, 1896 in Taylor, Arizona Territory, before the state was admitted to the United States. Her parents were Joseph Smith Hancock & Emily Davis Wallace. Rose was the 11th of 12 children born in the family.
Grandmother Rose died on December 13th, 1972 in the Holbrook hospital after being hospitalized for pneumonia and she then suffered from complications after falling out of her hospital bed.
Rozina "Rose" Hancock married Perry Meeks "Pug" Pearce in Taylor, Navajo Co., AZ on the 6th of November in 1914.
Rose & Pug's 12 children:
1 Ruth May Pearce 1915-1970)
2 June Rose Pearce (1917-1978)
3 Perry Dean Pearce (1919-1927)
4 Lyle Pearce (1923-1991)
5 Stanley Joseph Pearce (1925-2008)
6 Florence "Ilean" Pearce (1927-2003)
7 Boyd Harold Pearce (1929-2012)
8 Sharmon George Pearce (1932-...)
9 Donald Pearce (1934-1934)
10 Emerald Joe Pearce (1936-1936)- twin to Emily
11 Emily Jane Pearce (1936-2002) - twin to Emerald
12 Douglas James Pearce (1939-2000)
Rozina "Rose" & Perry "Pug" Pearce also raised Pug's niece & nephew, Florence & Stanley LeBaron after their mother Mary Jane Pearce (LeBaron) died. Also their grandchildren Elwin "Dwight" Stuart & Kathryn Rose (Kathy) Jones lived with them sometimes.
Several people and sources have said that no one was ever turned away from their door. Everyone, even if a stranger, friends and family, knew they were welcome to stop by Perry & Rose Pearce's for food, a bed or conversation.
When I was a teenager we lived next door to Grandma. Every Saturday I would go over to her place and help her wash her hair and curl it. Then a couple of hours later I would go back and comb and style her hair. I loved the conversations we had about the family and the stories she shared with me. It truly helped jell my love for genealogy.
There are at least 29 direct descendants named after Grandma Rose. So if you name your child Rose be sure to let me know so we can add your baby to the "Rose list".
Love you always Grandma Rose - Rest in Peace.
1964 Taylor, AZ Newspaper article:
Children of Perry and Rose Pearce Observe Their 50th
An open house was held Sunday, Aug. 16th, by the children of Perry M. and Rose Pearce to honor their parents on their 50th wedding anniversary.
The couple was married Nov. 6, 1914 but the family chose to celebrate now because of the convenience of vacations. All except three of the 11 living children were present.
About 150 persons, mostly close friends and relatives of the couple, called during the afternoon to congratulate the family.
Mrs. June Hatch, eldest daughter, who lives in Taylor, spearheaded the affair.
A son, Boyd, and family came from Grand Rapids, Mich., a daughter, Ilean (Mrs. Joel Lewis) and 12 children came from South Dakota, and Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Pearce came from Winslow. Mrs. Florence Clay and daughter, who was reared by the Pearce's came from Stanton, Calif..
Perry Pearce was born May 28, 1895, and was one of 11 children of James and Mary Jane Meeks Pearce. He was born in Shumway, Apache County, Ariz.. Rozina Hancock Pearce was born Dec. 5, 1896 in Taylor. Besides the 11 children of their own, they reared a grandson, Dwight Elwin Stuart and Florence Le Baron Clay, a niece, who lost her parents when just a small child.
Three sons and two grandsons served in the armed services. Two grandsons have served as missionaries for the LDS church.
There are 31 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
The Pearce's have always maintained a free hotel where they have the gift of showing their hospitality was a tribute made them by one of the relatives. Everyone feels at home at their home, was the sentiment of some of their close friends.
Many of the brothers and sister of Mrs. Pearce attended also. Mrs. Lydia Hancock, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Hancock came from Gilbert. Mrs. Ida Wakefield was there from Phoenix. Other brothers and sisters were William M. Hancock, of Taylor; Arthur Hancock of Taylor and Mrs. May Brimhall of Taylor.
Please do not use the picture of Rozina Hancock Pearce without permission unless you are a direct descendant. Thank you. Jean Lewis
Perry Meeks Pearce
Ruth May Pearce Smith
June Rose Pearce Hatch
Perry Dean Pearce
Stanley Joseph Pearce
Ilean Pearce Lewis
Boyd Harold Pearce
Emerald Joe Pearce
Emily Jane Pearce Petersen
Douglas James Pearce
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