A lifetime resident of the area, Pearl McIntosh passed away at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Saturday, December 15, 2012, following a brief illness. She was 91.
Pearl was born in Elma, on June 24, 1921, to her parents Edgar and Bessie Robinson (nee McMillan). She grew up and attended public school there along with her brother Doug and sisters Lois and Hazel.
After the death of her mother in 1936, Pearl took over as the matriarch of the family and looked after her two sisters and Doug.
On September 21, 1941, Pearl married Wilfred McIntosh. Unfortunately, they were not blessed with any children of their own. However, in October of 1943, when Pearl’s father died, she and Wilfred accepted her younger brother Doug, who was just 11 years old at the time, into their home and they cared for him until he was 21 and ready to move out on his own.
Together, Pearl and Wilfred farmed several different farms in the Williamsburg area. They would buy a farm, work it for a few years, and then sell it and move to a new farm. Wilfred claimed that he and Pearl made money every time they sold a property.
Pearl was a very hard worker but she made time to garden, sew, knit and crochet. She was an excellent piano player.
Pearl was also a meticulous record keeper, and she kept a daily diary in which she recorded detailed information such as her activities, the weather, weddings, births and deaths. That book will be treasured by her family for generations to come.
An excellent cook, she enjoyed getting together with her family for dinner on a regular basis. Following dinner she would entertain her family members with a piano recital which was enjoyed by everyone.
Pearl was a devoted member of Williamsburg United Church for many years, and she served as a member of the United Church Women. She was also a member of the Williamsburg Women’s Institute.
Pearl will be fondly remembered by her family for her sharp mind and fantastic memory which she maintained right up until her death. She was a helpful and caring lady, and she was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.
Pearl is survived by her siblings, Lois Casselman of Elma and Doug (Evelyn) Robinson of Elma. She was predeceased by her husband Wilfred and her sister Hazel Robinson. She is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Monday from 2-5 p.m. Funeral service was held at the funeral home on Tuesday, December 18th at 11 a.m., with Rev. Ralph Taylor officiating.
Interment followed at Spruce Haven Cemetery, Brinston. Pallbearers were Hubert Wells, Alex Scott, Roger Tupper, Lyle Gallinger, Francis Henderson and Ed Hanson.
Donations to Winchester Hospital or Williamsburg United Church would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.