Selette Pearce
(1935 - 2014)

Selette Pearce

January 28, 1935

February 28, 2014

Guest Book
Dear Family,
I loved your mother very much. She was an inspiration to all who knew her. I am sure she is with our Lord. She was a saint in our midst.
Roberta Morell (Friend)
March 2nd, 2016
My dear Gail - I am saddened to know of the passing of your dear Mother. I lost contact with you and have tried desperately to contact her. But was not successful. Please contact me at I wish to speak to you.She was a great lady. So many wonderful memories of her. With love-Nadia
nadia benab (friend)
July 5th, 2015
Selette was a remarkable and dear friend over many years. One I will miss very much. Though we had not seen one another in quite a while, it alwas felt as though she was just a phone call or email away.

We are seldom gifted with the friendship of such a person--gentle, kind, intellegent,a sharply iquiring mind, and a genuine condern and interst in others.

we are all diminshed by the loss of her spirit and presence in this life.
Hrry Quiett (friend)
May 19th, 2014
Selette was such a calming presence during our years with children at Hearst Elementary. We became friends as we picked up our daughters (Alissa & Heather)from kindergarten. Often we would walk to Roy Rogers talking about school our children, her years growing up in Texas. My how she loved her children, you were all the apple of her eye.
Deborah Dougherty (Friend)
May 10th, 2014
I saw Mrs. Pearce from time to time when visited our offices to meet with her husband, Mr. Pearce, who is my landlord ar OSI.
Mrs. Pearce always had a friendly expression on her face, and a very spontaneous smile.
I trust that she made those close to her very happy, and pray that they can bear her absence.
Dora Aguado (Tenant / Client)
May 10th, 2014
Selette and I shared very special times at Holy Trinity. She was my pew partner and dear friend. The stories we shared and the advice she'd give are just priceless. I am so grateful to have had her in my life. God knew what he was doing! I miss her terribly but know she is looking down on us all.
Tamika Auguste (Friend)
May 10th, 2014
Selette's sweet, courageous smile is much missed in the masses at Thomas House Chapel. May her trust in the Lord be richly rewarded in heaven!
Jack Hurley (priest)
May 7th, 2014
I met Selette in 1988 when we worked together. We remained friends since then. I always looked forward to our lunches together. She was wonderful friend and I miss her.
Elaine Hancock (friend)
May 6th, 2014
I'm reading these reflections on a quiet patio over-looking a lake in sunny Florida- very serene. And that is how I think of Selette. And open, and consciously attuned to the present moment. We both did the Ignatian Exercises about the same time: a 9 month scripture, reflection and prayer guide and shared our newly falling in the larger LOVE. She is surely with us. Dear family what grace you all must be in the world.
Jean Sweeney (IVC colleague -Virginia)
April 29th, 2014
What more to say about a dear and long time friend? We had lunched together monthly for over twenty five years. At our last lunch in January I felt that we had many months to go. I still think suddenly that I should be making next month's arrangement. Selette had a genius for creating relationships. Thru email she was of great help to my niece whom she never met. My niece had experienced a psychotic break which had terrified her. Over the years we talked mostly about our children whom we knew thru each other, also about our shared experience at All Souls. After she became ill I asked her whether her two religions helped her. She said that she felt "surrounded by love", as these many messages prove her to be. She was a dear friend and I miss her. Molly
Molly Freeman (friend)
April 23rd, 2014
47 years ago , while pushing baby buggies in an alley in Glover Park D.C. 2 strangers stopped to visit. This visit continues today.
We became closest friends and confidants with almost daily phone visits.
Selette's openness, warmth, receptiveness without judging, & her uncanny ability to REALLY listen fostered this 2 way long friendship.
Daily there is something I wish to share with her. This is no longer possible, but I know that her spirit and love continue to live.
Pat Priest (Closest friend)
April 23rd, 2014
I haven’t the skills to put any person into words, and definitely not Selette, who had so many qualities that made her special. We were friends from our college days, and though we weren’t able to spend much time together after that, any time we had was always a treasured moment for me.

What I especially remember about Selette was what a “people person” she was. She was deeply and sincerely interested in her family first of all, of course, but also in her friends and others she came into contact with at work, as a volunteer, and other places that she spent time. An expression of her interest was the pleasure she took in looking at photographs of people that her friends brought her; she examined each one carefully and thoughtfully and commented on it.

I was always grateful for the infrequent times that my job sent me to the DC area since it gave me a chance to visit with Selette, either at home with family or for dinner somewhere in the area. One of her favorite places was an independent bookstore with a cafe. Since Selette was so easy to talk with, we could pick up the conversation as easily as though we’d just talked the preceding day.

I also remember how much she loved growing things. Even in college she had a small planter full of plants which she tended assiduously. The front window in her home in Georgetown was always full of healthy green plants with other plants throughout the house. When I visited, we always checked the small garden she had on the side of the house and might make a trip to the nursery to get more plants—another fun activity.

There is now a void in my life that can’t be filled since there will be no further chance for me to enjoy sharing pleasant times with her. I know the family will miss her terribly, but I also know that they have many loving memories to share--A wonderful family, each member of which Selette was intensely proud of. It is a great honor for me to count myself among their friends.
Jean Apgar (friend)
April 21st, 2014
Mrs. Pearce was a "second mom" for me. She was so kind and intelligently listened to people. I think about her a lot. Thank you Gale for creating this Memorial to her.
Sam Shiffman (Friend)
April 19th, 2014
I am Selette's prayer partner. That doesn't stop now. I was the sole Catholic in 20-30 about '60-65. When I heard of her diagnosis I reached out to her and we became email correspondents. Pat
Patricia Roddy O'Keeffe (Prayer partner)
April 18th, 2014
As our friend and neighbor and parent of same-aged children, we share memories that go back to the early 70’s when our children were in school together at Hearst.

One fun memory of Selette is our brief conversations, as she passed our Windom Pl. house on her way to the Metro or to get a cup of coffee at the 7 Eleven. Selette’s many curious, caring and empathetic questions would begin on how we were doing and what each member of the family was up to and before we knew it, off she would go, leaving us with a satisfied feeling, but realizing she knew a whole lot more about us, then we knew about her.

At this very sad time of loss in your lives, we send our deepest sympathy to Jack, Janet, Joseph, Alissa and Gale on the passing of Selette, who was a joy to know and will be dearly missed.

Julie and Hugh
Julie and Hugh Allen (Friend and Neighbor)
April 17th, 2014
Mrs. Pearce always had a smile on her face and we will all miss her very much.
Arielle Sicluna (Staff at The Residences a)
April 17th, 2014
On the few I met with Selette Pearce, I found her to be one of the most dignified, polite, cheerful, optimistic, empathetic and receptive people I have met in recent times. She spoke as if life never ends, the skies are the limits and God is good.
Ali H. Alyami (Friend)
April 14th, 2014
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"When Selette took up her IVC assignment at New Endeavors by Women, Sr. Mary invited her to put order into the bags of clothes which had been donated. Selette created a "shop," organized the clothing, and became the trusted confidant of the women."
James Kelley
May 10th, 2014
"Closest friend for 47 years"
Pat Priest
April 23rd, 2014


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