It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Permilla “Pearl” Evelyn Dowd on Friday April 16, 2021 at the Glenboro Personal Care Home at the age of 95 years.
Pearl will be lovingly remembered by her sons Bill (Linda) Warrener of Baldur, Murray (Ilene) of Ethelbert, Clinton (Audrey) of Sundown, Allan of Glenboro, Garry (Heather) of Dawson Creek, BC, Glenn (Sue) of Glenboro; eighteen grandchildren, Michael (Shar), Carli (Derek), Morgan (Brad), Kevin (Angie), Angela (Sam), Ayn (Tim), Russell, Erin, Allison (Kent), Pamela, Jason (Beth), Cameron (Bonnie), Becky, Zachary (Jen), Meg, Tell (Katelyn), Scott (Fiona), Amber (Randy); twenty-seven great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Elva Clark of Burnaby, BC as well as many extended family and friends.
Pearl was predeceased by her loving husband of 74 years, Ivan; her parents, Clarence and Permilla; brother, Jim; sisters, Audrey, Violet, & Jane; grandson, Stephen; daughter-in-law, Janice; & brother-in-law, Gordon.
Pearl was born on her parent’s farm south of Baldur on June 4, 1925. In her late teens, Pearl was helping on the farm of Doug and Evelyn Dowd near Glenboro, which is when she met Ivan while he was home on leave from the Royal Canadian Airforce; they fell head-over-heels in love and were married shortly after. Following the end of the war, they moved back to Glenboro to farm and start a family. To put it simply, Pearl was an extraordinary woman; raising five strong-willed sons was undoubtedly trying at times, but her love for her boys was unconditional and strong enough to last a lifetime.
Pearl and Ivan enjoyed taking many family holidays and camping trips, they also spent a few winters in Arizona. Pearl could recount multiple occasions where Ivan would give her no more than a day’s notice before he wanted to embark on adventure, either to Phoenix or elsewhere.
After a few years of learning her husband’s spontaneous ways, Pearl would be ready to go as soon as Ivan suggested a trip – little did he know, she’d have their bags packed all along, just waiting for the day he proposed they leave.
Pearl always took the time to enjoy the beauty of nature, with flowers and birds being two of her favourite things. Pearl also had a great interest in flying, she obtained her co-pilots license in 1980 and enjoyed taking many flights with Ivan. Pearl loved to spend time with her grandchildren, who all have fond memories of playing many different card and board games with her.
To those that knew her, Pearl was regarded as a kind and beautiful woman who always had a smile on her face and a story to tell. To her family, she was this and so much more. Her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren were incredibly blessed to have her in their lives, as her love for them all was beyond measure.
Pearl and Ivan shared a love like no other, they were married for 74 blissful years, never apart for more than a few days. Pearl’s family finds peace knowing that they can be together again.
Cremation has taken place and a private family gathering will be held at a later date.
Friends that so desire, memorial donations can be made in Pearl’s memory to the Glenboro Area Foundation Inc. (Youth in Sports & Recreation Fund Designation), Box 147, Glenboro, MB R0K 0X0.
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