Judy Pearce

Judy Pearce

8/5/1941 – 9/14/2020

Judy was born on Aug. 5, 1941, and grew up on her family’s homesite next to the Miramar Hotel which was purchased in 1907 by her great-grandparents. Judy was a highly-respected horsewoman, local historian, writer and activist for the preservation of Carpinteria’s small beach town charm. In the 44 years she lived in Carpinteria, she was frequently found participating in the conservation of our bluffs, salt marsh and agricultural lands from development. 

Friends were always welcomed into her home, and most became “family.” She loved to cook and often would go into her garden to gather the ingredients for a given meal. Her homemade bread was legendary. It did not matter if it was a Monday or a holiday, if a person was at her house at dinnertime, they were more than welcome and strongly encouraged to stay. She moved through the world with love. She touched many people with her uniquely bright spirit. As a friend once wrote about her, “She is the last one barefoot and dancing, ... forever with a flower in her hair.”

Judy passed away peacefully at home in Carpinteria on Sept. 14. She had been undergoing treatment for cancer for nearly a year. Her husband of 48 years was holding her hand when she took her last breath.

Judy is survived by her husband Steve Pearce; her children Kathy Gregory, Tom Poulos, Karen Latter and Sara Killen; her brother Owen Guitteau; and eight grandchildren.

A memorial service is intended for the future. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Judy’s memory may be made to the Carpinteria Valley Historical Museum, 956 Maple Ave., Carpinteria, CA 93013.

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