A Love Story and A Legacy

Beginning in a Browne’s Addition boarding house

An image of Alma Pearson.The year was 1935. Alma Holstein, having just graduated from High School, moved into the Isabella Club, a boarding house for young, single women in Browne’s Addition. She enrolled in Kinman Business School and eventually got her first job working for Big West Oil Company. While living at the Isabella Club, Alma often spent leisure time in Coeur d’Alene Park across the street. One day, she met Reinhold (Lefty) Pearson on the tennis court. “Lefty” pursued Alma until she realized that he was the love of her life. They were married in 1940 and had three children. Throughout the rest of her life, she dedicated herself to her family and community. She was active in her children’s school and activities; she served on several boards; and, she belonged to many local clubs, including the Spokane Garden Club. In December 2016, at the age of 98 years young, Alma Pearson passed on, leaving behind a legacy of love and service. Recently, the Spokane Garden Club made a significant donation to the Friends of Coeur d’Alene Park in memory of Alma Pearson. Gifts like these help the Friends of Coeur d’Alene Park create a space for love stories to be made. Tax deductible donations to the Friends of Coeur d’Alene Park can be made through Spokane Parks Foundation.