Maryon Pearson

Margaret Trudeau Geoffrey Pearson Agnes Macdonald, 1st Baroness Macdonald of Earnscliffe
Maryon Pearson
Spouse of the Prime Minister of Canada
In role
April 22, 1963 – April 20, 1968
Preceded byOlive Diefenbaker
Succeeded byVacant,
title next held by Margaret Trudeau
Personal details
Maryon Elspeth Moody

(1901-12-13)December 13, 1901[1]
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
DiedDecember 26, 1989(1989-12-26) (aged 88)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
(m. 1925; died 1972)
Children2; including Geoffrey Pearson

Maryon Elspeth Pearson (née Moody; December 13, 1901 – December 26, 1989) was the wife of Lester Bowles Pearson, the 14th Prime Minister of Canada.

Maryon and Lester Pearson married on August 22, 1925. They met at the University of Toronto, where he was a teacher and she was a student.

Maryon Pearson was also known for her sharp tongued wit. Among her most famous quotations:

It was reportedly also at Maryon Pearson's behest that the practice of curtseying to the Governor General and his consort was discontinued — apparently because Pearson refused to act deferentially toward her longtime friend Norah Michener.[2]


They had one son, Geoffrey, and one daughter, Patricia. Geoffrey was married to former Canadian Senator Landon Pearson. Geoffrey and Landon Pearson's daughter is USA Today journalist Patricia Pearson (not to be confused with her aunt, of the same name, who did not maintain a public career).

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