Tiffany Nicole Pearce, 47, of Columbus, GA, gained her angel wings on February 17, 2021 and flew home to Jesus. She leaves to cherish her memory, her mother, Regina Colwell Singleton, sister and brother-in-law, Julie and Jeff Lurker and niece Mary Frances Lurker, maternal grandmother, Vivian Colwell, aunts Brenda Pearce and Margaret Pearce of Princeton, NC and Carol (Ken) Taylor of Columbus, GA and her cousins, Jason and Amy Taylor and family.
Tiffany Nicole Pearce graced the world with her presence on March 29, 1973. Even though doctors said she she’d never walk or talk, her mom refused to put her away. And boy, are we ever so thankful. Without Tiffany, her beautiful smile and joyous laughter, our lives would have been much less colorful, and our hearts more empty without the uncharted love she bestowed upon us. She was the happiest, most loving, energetic person in our world. She always loved meeting new people and loved everyone she met. As a small child she was well known in the complex for walking into strangers apartments just to sit down and talk with them, all while sending her mom and sister into a full blown panic. Growing up she never minded being the student, with her bossy sister playing teacher, learning double digit math skills and enhanced reading skills because of their time spent together and because of her family’s belief in her. To anyone reading this, please never doubt the capabilities of the mentally challenged as long as they are challenged regularly. There were always plenty of people willing to set limits for Tiffany and both Tiffany and her sister loved to prove them all wrong. Her sister never had to worry about having friends because Tiffany introduced her to every one of them. As a teenager Tiffany loved playing softball like her sister, bowling every week, and swimming. She won 2 gold medals for swimming in the GA Special Olympics at the state level. She was a proud graduate of Columbus High School Class of 1994 and was well known by most of the students, either for her contagious smile or her mischievousness. She was so popular in town even the late Jack Swift covered a story about her in the ledger enquirer. She loved sitting in her swing every day, singing her favorite songs, making sure to wave and speak to everyone that walked or rode by. She loved Dale Murphy, Sunny 100, birthdays (not just her own!) and her Walkman. She received a Walkman (or 3) every birthday and Christmas, always in demand due to their constant use. She loved to sing Elvira, Just a swingin’ and every Michael Jackson song in existence, and even knew how to dance like him. She could out-dance her sister any day. She was always happy and loved playing pranks and poking fun, just to keep everyone full of laughter. At Fox Elementary with her beloved teacher, Mrs. Randall, she somehow entered the principal’s office, sat in his chair and put on his eye glasses, while he was on the other side of the door trying to get her to let him back in his office. Once when asked to start crying in order to gain sympathy from a policeman that pulled us over, she waited until he approached the window before loudly asking “you want me to start crying now?” As she became older she became somewhat ornery but still kept everyone laughing, unless you were the one she was picking on that day. She loved her brother-in-law so much she tried to claim him as her own husband at every opportunity. During Thanksgiving or Christmas, we all secretly hoped we wouldn’t be the subject of her prayers that day, where she may decide to ask the Lord to help us start getting along with our spouses, or pray that her grandmother and her new “friend” would get married... in front of said grandmother and friend. She worked at BK for a short while but unfortunately her job of keeping the tables clean was interfered by customers actually wanting to sit down and use the tables. As dementia slowly started creeping more into her life, she would still look forward to diet Coke’s and quiet visits with her mom. She may have forgotten the names and faces of others but she never forgot her mom. She loved her Mama more than anything in this world. We all knew she loved us even though she no longer communicated with us and we hope she knew how much we loved her. Although our time on earth will never be the same without our sweet Tif, our wonderful memories will sustain us until we see her again. Our loss is Heavens Gain and, just as she did when entering her "Friends of Jesus" Sunday school class, we know she threw open the doors of heaven, smile beaming, and in her most enthusiastic voice proudly yelled, “Good Morning Everybody!”
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