Leah “Lee” Pearse, 20 – Southern Maryland News Net

Lea “Lee” Pearse, 20

Leah “Lee” Pearse, 20, born August 11, 2002 in Newburyport, MA, died in an accident while vacationing in Cancun, Mexico in the early morning of January 6, 2023. After a beautiful day in the beach, amazing and fantastic dinner dancing, she tried to enter her Airbnb from the third floor balcony because the keys were locked inside. Tragically, she slipped, fell and died instantly.

She was an exceptional person who encompassed the full range of human emotions with such depth and compassion for others that her presence was bright and shining to all who knew her. So many people who reached out to us expressed that just a hug from Leah gave so much love and comfort. Leah needed an outlet for her love and desire to help others, so her biggest goal in life was to become the best nurse in the world. At the age of eighteen, she began working at Mass General Hospital as a Certified Nursing Assistant and providing her patients with the utmost care, love and comfort when they needed it. Not needed anymore. Alongside her CNA career, she was studying at Simmons College and pursuing her five-year master’s degree in nursing. She worked her core and was getting straight A’s. Leah was having a phenomenal time at college, bonding with everyone she met.

If you knew Leah, you know she put it all on the table from the start. People felt they knew her from the first interaction, and often immediately loved her for the ease her presence brought to every room she walked into. Her confidence, compassion and incredible sense of humor had a magnetic effect and she tended to bring out the best in people around her. She was bold and brave to always speak her truth and she was one of the most uncritical people many have ever met. She was a firecracker as a child; brave, stubborn and self-confident that sometimes adults didn’t even know how to handle such an intense, bold and self-confident little person. She was adorable and not afraid to love and express herself at all costs. She knew how to have the best wild time and she knew how to relax and watch reality TV. She loved being with friends, laughing, making people laugh, helping every stranger, playing with children, hanging out with our dogs Luna and Wally and taking the best care of her cat Mo. For the past two years she was the happiest we’ve ever seen, living her independent college life in Boston, hanging out with her fabulous group of friends from Simmons, and falling deeply in love with her amazing and always in love boyfriend Bobby (aka Gus or Augustin).

Leah graduated from Classical Academy at Haverhill High School in 2020 where she was involved in the student council, MC-ing coffeehouses, playing on the JV Lacrosse team and was co-captain of the girls swim team. She is survived by her father, Reggie Pearse (Haverhill), her mother, Amy Goldfarb (Somerville), and her sister, Anna Pearse (Boston), her grandmother Judy Pearse (Wicklow, Ireland) and many aunts, uncles and cousins ​​here and in Ireland who will miss her dearly.

Visitation will be Friday, January 13 at Haverhill Country Club, 58 Brickett Lane, Haverhill, MA from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The memorial service will begin at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Nurses Foundation for a fund established in Leah’s name at https://givetonursing.networkforgood.com/projects/182779-leah-pearse-memorial-campaign. Arrangements by Driscoll Funeral Home, Haverhill. For the guestbook, visit www.driscollcares.com

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