Heidi Pearson - December 2014

Hello, Heidi. Thanks for agreeing to be interviewed. I’m sure lots of Friends would like to know more about you, so let’s get started.

Where did you move to Fountain Hills from?  When?

We moved here from a little town in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California in 1997. Prior to that, we had been coming to Fountain Hills frequently in the winter to escape the torrential rains in the mountains, usually around sixty inches every winter but as much as one hundred and one inches, in one particular year.


What was your childhood home like and where was it?

I grew up in a ‘shotgun’ house in a pretty little town in eastern North Carolina. Mama and Daddy, my older sister, and I lived on one side of the house and my maternal grandparents lived on the other.


Who in your family had the most influence on you?

Probably my granddad. He was a bit of a character and had a great sense of humor.


Who is in your family now?

Just me and my husband, whom I affectionately call ‘Pearson’ or just ‘P.’


How did you meet Pearson?

I went to grade school with his younger brother. The first time I remember actually seeing Pearson was in fourth grade, when he came to school to say that his brother – my classmate – had been badly injured in an accident and wouldn’t be coming back to school. His brother survived, thank goodness, and Pearson and I started dating years later, in 1964. We were married in 1966.


 What is something that people don’t know about you?

I was raised by Quakers.


What three words best describe you?

Hmmmm , let’s see . . . Determined.  Happy.  A little nutty.


What is the best/worst/strangest job you’ve ever had?

The strangest was when I was a member of the Longshoreman’s Union in San Francisco. I shuttled import cars that were offloaded from the big ships at the pier.


What is the best advice you’ve ever been given? The worst?

The best advice came from Daddy. He said, “Pick your heroes close to home.”

The worst? I guess it was from an aunt who told me, in essence, to marry a rich man. I ignored that tidbit and followed my heart.


How has your life been different from how you imagined it as a child?

Oh, it’s so much better! So many people I’ve met have exceeded my expectations.


What event has caused the most profound impact on your life?

Finding Pearson. That was a perfect example of trusting your heart.


If you could live your life over again what would you do differently?

Absolutely nothing. I didn’t marry Mr. Wrong – although it seems I met him fairly frequently. The way my life unfolded has brought me to where I am today. And that’s a good thing.


What first name would you prefer to have?

None. Being named Heidi makes you kind of silly. Which is okay by me.


Do you have any hobbies?

No, I’d have to have free time to have a hobby. If I did have any free time, I’d read for pleasure.  


What do you like best about Friends in the Hills?

I have met so many wonderful, happy people. And that brings me immeasurable joy.


How would you like to be remembered?

I would like to be remembered as being tolerant, happy, and helpful.