G. Pearline (Brown) Faulkner, 93, left this life after a brief illness on August 26, 2010, within just days of her wedding anniversary with her only husband, Clyde J. Faulkner, who preceded her in death in 1984.
She was born on July 12, 1917 in Farris, OK, the fourth child of seven children born to Jessie and Margaret (Roy) Brown.
Pearline lived in several parts of the Country, including Imperial Valley, California (one of her favorites), and for the past 50 years, northwest Texas County.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by one grandchild and two step-grandchildren.
She is survived by two sisters, Angie Stevens, of Sulphur, Oklahoma, and Louise Padialla, of Holtville, California; her three children, Jim Faulkner, of Kalama, Washington, Janet Daniels, of Success, Missouri, and Sharon Babcock, of North Little Rock, Arkansas; three step-children, Audrey (Faulkner) Taylor, of Salinas, California, Hershel Faulkner, of Kent, Washington, and Margie (Faulkner) Green, of Muldrow, Oklahoma; and nine grandchildren, nine step-grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.
Always one to live simply, by listening rather than talking, through speaking softly rather than shouting, and by deed rather than word, Pearline was surrounded by her family throughout her life and last days – particularly, daughters Janet and Sharon, who never left her side during the two-week illness that took her from us. Pearline will be remembered for her unmatched ability to defy age without worry, many fantastic meals, steadfastness and tenacity, competitiveness and talent at card games (particularly pitch, at which she frequently proclaimed one must “bid to win”, and as the winning bidder, rarely lost a round as late as three weeks ago), and her many beautiful, intricate quilts and acts of kindness that will continue to warm many with her love for years to come.
While Pearline will be exceedingly missed by her family and those whose lives she touched, we know that, despite her valiant effort, she was simply dealt a losing “hand” in her last “round of the game”, and we rejoice in knowing her passing is but a small part of the Divine’s perfect and sacred plan for all of us.
When the meek inherit the Earth, she will surely have a place.
Pearline will lie in state from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, August 27, 2010, at the Evans Funeral Home in Houston, Missouri. Services and interment will be private at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.