Virginia Beach —Juliette (Allegria) Pearce, 87, passed away on Friday, May 20, 2016 in Virginia Beach.
Juliette was born in Rabat, Morocco to Maklouf Halioua and Louna Halioua on October 20, 1929.
She married Walter Lee Pearce, a U.S. naval officer, in 1951 on the beach in Rabat where she had formerly won a beauty contest and was named Miss Kenitra. Two years later the married couple moved to the United States, where Juliette proceeded to obtain her United States citizenship. After her husband’s death in 1974, Juliette raised her three young daughters as a single mother. Juliette lived for her children, grandchildren, and great-granddaughter. She was renowned for her constant devotion to her family and friends and for her delicious native Moroccan cooking. She was a long time member of and a constant presence at Temple Emanuel Synagogue.
Juliette is preceded in death by her parents, Maklouf and Louna Halioua; siblings, Albert Halioua, Maurice Halioua, and Esther Blaza; husband, Walter Lee Pearce and daughter, Ava Loeb. Juliette is survived by her daughters, Edna Mendelsohn and Jacqueline Furman (husband Randall Furman), sisters, Simy Benmron and Yvonne Harbert; grandchildren, Arielle Salasky (husband Aaron Slawsky), Stephen Salasky, Brittney Bloch (husband Adam Bloch), Erica Gerstin (husband Ari Gerstin), Marissa Furman and Amanda Furman and great-granddaughter, Layla Gerstin and extended family members and friends who loved her dearly.
A graveside service took place at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk with Rabbi Marc Kraus of Temple Emanuel officiating.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to everyone at The Terrace at Beth Sholom Village and to Medi Hospice Care.
Donations to the Terrace at Beth Sholom Village, 1049 College Park Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23464. Online condolences may be made to the family at hdoliver.com.