The Woodward News


January 18, 2013

Pearl Louisa Amelia (Dieringer) White


Woodward, Okla. —

Pearl was a very dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She worked diligently alongside Raymond for 65 years of marriage. When he became ill, she tenderly and lovingly cared for him, nursing him back to better health. Her devotion was abundant and awe-inspiring. Her main joy came from being with her family. Nothing made her happier than having all her children and grandchildren in her home. Pearl or “Pearlie” as she was known by her Texas family also loved attending family reunions, especially going to Schulenberg to reunite with her brothers and sisters and other family where she enjoyed her German heritage of polka dancing and waltzing.

One of the pleasures of Pearl’s life was traveling. While the children were young, Raymond and Pearl would take off each summer for 3 weeks traveling and camping in 46 of the 48 states (at that time). In later years Pearl and Raymond traveled to Europe, Puerto Rico, Mexico City, San Juan, Hawaii, and Alaska. They also bought a motor home and traveled lots of miles, going to camp meetings and many other places along the way.

Pearl was a wonderful cook, an avid gardener, and an accomplished seamstress. Pearl was known for her delicious noodles, pies, kolaches, and carrot cakes. Every grandchild and great-grandchild expected her homemade chicken and noodles and her special dill pickles when they came to visit and were never disappointed. Pearl belonged to the Vici Home Demonstration Club and was named Dewey County Homemaker of the Year in 1965. She always planted large gardens which produced abundantly. She canned vegetables and fruit for her family even after they were grown with families of their own. Pearl sewed for her family, making school clothes for her children and clothing for herself and Raymond. She made wedding dresses for Vera and Vayda and dresses for all the wedding attendants. In the summer of 1968, Pearl worked at Trego’s Western Wear and learned to make western suits and leather coats. She also loved to quilt. She made many quilts for her children and also made a quilt for all 10 of her grandchildren, and for all 24 of her great-grandchildren.

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