Pearl was born in Hedley, BC, the second child of four, all of whom predeceased her. In September 1942, her family moved to Britannia Beach where, when snow forced a school closure in early 1943, she took a job at the telephone office. There she learned to operate the switchboard and also an early IBM computer for the Britannia mine’s payroll, both jobs she held with the City of Vancouver where she moved in 1946. In 1947 she married Frank, whom she met at a YWCA dance. Their marriage spanned 52½ years until his passing in 2000. They began married life in Vancouver before going to Powell River, BC for a year and then Nelson, BC for six months. By 1950 they were in Vancouver where they stayed until 1965 when they moved to the BC Interior, living in Kamloops, BC for almost two years before finally settling in Silver Creek near Salmon Arm, BC in 1967. Frank’s retirement in 1981 took them to Sidney, BC for three years before returning to Silver Creek in 1984. In 2003 Pearl moved back to the Saanich Peninsula for two years before returning to live in Salmon Arm in 2005.
Mom, Grama, or G.G. will be greatly missed by her family: her two daughters, Julie Davies of Salmon Arm and Terri Elderton (David Lehton) of Sidney; four grandchildren, Clint Davies (Holly) and Brett Pukas (Tyler) of Salmon Arm, Graeme Jack (Elize) of Victoria and Kirstanne Jack of Vancouver; and four great-grandchildren, Georgia and Nicholas Davies, and Ryder and Dusty Pukas.
Julie and Terri extend their most sincere gratitude to the Interior Health palliative care workers who helped them support their mom with dying peacefully at home. Many thanks to care aides Bridget, Sherry, and Kathleen, as well as to nurses Brenda Shantz, and especially Nikki Parr, whose kindness extended above and beyond, allowing us to give Mom a loving farewell, fitting for her generous spirit.
No service is planned. The family will hold a private ceremony when Pearl’s ashes will be interred in Hedley, BC in May 2014.