Mary Lou Dukes Pearson of Seaford went to be with her Lord and entered eternal rest on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022, surrounded by the love of her family and prayer. She was born on Nov. 26, 1949 in Milford to the late Omar and Eleanor Dukes. Mary Lou was raised in Laurel and worked at Arrow Safety Device Company, she later worked for Sears and Robuck Company. She married Wayne Dykes in 1969 and together they had their daughter Nicole. After leaving Sears and Robuck Company, she began her career at E. I. Dupont Company in Seaford. She married David Pearson in 1979 and they raised together their four children. Mary Lou was devoted to her (kitty) cats, spending time on the beach, their beach house in Chincoteague, flea markets, playing cards with her aunts and eating out after church with her late husband and mother. 

Never one to sit still, you could always find her busy into projects around the house and yard. She will be remembered for her Christmas spirit and love of the holidays, and hosting many family gatherings. Famous for the Christmas sweater and gifts that never matched the outside box!! She touched many lives with her generosity, deep faith and devotion to the Lord, love for family and community. 

She is survived by her sister, Margaret Holloway and her husband Bob, and their two girls, Beth and Bobbie; her daughter Nicole Dykes McCarra and her husband Derek, and the father of their daughter (Nicole), Wayne Dykes; son, David Andrew Pearson and his wife Lydia, daughter, Christy Pearson Jones and her husband Eric; and son, Matthew Paul Pearson and his wife Lucy; grandchildren, Kayla McCarra, Karly McCarra, Nathan McCarra, Angelyn Pearson and her husband John, Jacquelyn Pearson Sorey and her husband C.W., Ben Jones and his wife Jenn, Megan Jones Castrejon and her husband Gilberto, Connor Pearson, Kelly Pearson; great-grandchildren, Jonah Casey and companion Francis Ireland. 

A visitation will be held on Saturday, Jan. 15 from 11 a.m.-noon at the Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West Street, Laurel, DE 19956. A funeral service will begin at noon at the funeral home. Pastor Kyle Holloway will officiate. Interment will follow in Hollywood Cemetery in Harrington. The family would like to express a sincere “Thank You” to TidalHealth P.R.M.C. for the wonderful care given to Mary Lou. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made in Mary Lou Pearson’s honor to the Western Sussex Animal Hospital, 16487 Sussex Hwy., Bridgeville, Delaware 19933. Arrangements are in the care of the Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel.