March 10, 1932 – December 24, 2012
After a lengthy illness our dear Mom, Pearl, left this world peacefully on Christmas Eve, surrounded by family. Born in Assiniboia, Saskatchewan, youngest of 10 children, Mom was raised on the family farm in Verwood. Mom loved farm life and her favourite times were those when she could be out riding her horse, Beauty, with her sister Leila and their cousins. Mom left home in 1949 to travel and work, eventually settling in Victoria with her sister Olive and family. In Victoria she met her future husband, Murray, who had travelled there from his home in Montreal. They married, raised 4 children and were together 36 years until Murray’s sudden passing in 1988. After Dad died Mom never remarried but devoted herself to family, friends, her garden, family pets, living a quiet, private life.
Predeceased by husband Murray, her parents, Hanna and Ted, 3 brothers (Raymond, Teddy, Orton), 4 sisters (Frances, Johanna, Clarice and dearest Olive), Pearl is survived by her precious sisters Leila Walker (Jack) and Verna Lucas, daughters Judy Spearing (Derek), Valarie Austen (Robert), Janet Kosar (Kevin), son Don Greenberg (Yvonne), granddaughters, Christina, Jennifer, Gail, Jill, and Denise, and many cousins, nieces, nephews whom she loved dearly and spoke of so often in the last months of her life.
We are so grateful to Dr. and Mrs. Philip Kelly for many years of compassionate care to Mom and all the advice and guidance to our family regarding Mom’s ongoing care needs. Thanks to Dr T. Connelly and Dr. H. Joe for their part in Mom’s health care; to her kind, caring Home Care Nurses; Maria, Gail, Laurie, Lee Anne, Kerry, Emily, Shauna; to the PRT/Hospice nurses, Judy, Susan, Christine, Jill, Linda, Carol, Bernice, Jamie, Phung, and the Hospice Counsellors who provided solace during Mom’s last journey. Thanks also to the staff of Beacon Community Services, to Mary Care Services, and Angel Companion Services who supported Mom this past year. Thanks to the Red Cross for equipment that enabled Mom to remain at home during her illness.
Pearl will be reunited with Murray at a small family interment service December 28th. A celebration of Pearl’s life will be announced at a later date. This will be a time of joy and renewal for Pearl and for her family.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Victoria Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation or to a charity of your choice. To send a condolence please visit www.earthsoption.com