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Floral 22

Music by the O'Neill Brothers


Mary Lou Pearl

July 4, 1936 ~ January 28, 2018 (age 81)

            Mary Lou Pearl, 81, of Martinsburg, passed away on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at her home, surrounded by her loving family, after a courageous battle with cancer.

            Mrs. Pearl was born July 4, 1936 in Delphos, Kansas, a daughter of John Robert and Naomi (Ferrel) Campbell.

            She was a 1954 graduate of Delphos High School in Delphos, Kansas. 

            On February 5, 1955 in Delphos, Kansas, she married Robert Joseph “Bob” Pearl.  They shared almost 63 years of marriage together and were the parents of two daughters. 

            After Bob got out of the service, they moved to California where they lived for 2 years.  Mary Lou and Bob came back to Martinsburg in 1957.  In 1966, they opened Pearl’s Café in Martinsburg, which they ran until 1975.  In 1975, Mary Lou and Bob built Pearl’s Package Liquor Store which they operated until 1988.  In the late 1980’s, Mary Lou started her own business at the back of the Quik Store called Tite N Tone which she ran for several years.  Bob had been selling cars since 1968 in Martinsburg at different locations but in 1988, he and Mary Lou opened up Pearl’s Auto Sales which they owned and operated until 2016. 

            Mary Lou was a member of the Martinsburg Community Church.

            She loved playing bingo, Sudoku and going to the casino.  Mary Lou enjoyed feeding the hummingbirds and walking.  To her family she was known as Dr. Pearl, as she liked researching anything medical related.  Most of all, she loved her family, especially spending time with her girls and grandchildren. 

            Mary Lou is survived by her husband, Robert Joseph “Bob” Pearl, of the home in Martinsburg; daughters, Vicki Jo Graves and husband, Garrett and Karen Kay Pearl, of Martinsburg; six grandchildren, Stephanie Dawn Graves, of Wellsville, Stacey Lynn Caldwell and husband, Chris, of Vandalia, Jason Robert Freyer and wife, Lindsay, of Mexico, Tonya Renee Freyer, of Mexico, Melinda Christine “Mindy” Bessolo and husband, Cameron, of Mexico and Kylee Elaine Williamson, of Fulton; 18 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Priscilla Ann “Pat” Stone and Bill Brinegar, Francis Louise “Frankie” and Peter Stuckenschneider and Diane and Charles Swaim, of Martinsburg; in addition to nieces and nephews.

            She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, John Freeland, Harold Freeland, Bobby Dean Campbell, Merlin Campbell and Leroy Campbell and brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, James Mitchell Pearl, Charles Harrison Stone and Donna Irene and Willard Mancil “Shorty” Swaim Sr.

            Visitation was held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at the Myers Funeral Home in Wellsville.

            Memorial contributions were suggested to the Martinsburg Community Church or OCRFA (Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance) c/o Myers Funeral Home, 203 East Bates Street, Wellsville, MO 63384.