November 13, 1926 – Calgary, AB
August 11, 2014 – Calgary, AB
After a long and very busy life, Pearl Webb has died in her 88th year.
She was the youngest and last surviving child of Archibald and Margaret Stewart, who came west to Alberta from Kirkwall, Ontario to homestead in the early 1900’s. Pearl was born in Calgary on November 13, 1926 and she grew up on the family farm in Lyalta. She rode a horse to a one room schoolhouse and in winter went by sleigh. As soon as she could, she left the family farm for the big city of Calgary (pop 89,000) and took a business course at Henderson’s Business College. It was when she was working at the City of Calgary Solicitor’s office that she met her future husband, Len Webb on a bowling team. Pearl and Len were married in 1950 and three daughters, Kathleen, Janet and Marion were born in the years that followed. As was normal at the time, with the arrival of children, Pearl became a full time homemaker. But this was not enough for her, so she joined a ladies bowling league and bowled many perfect games. She joined a bridge club and was playing bridge until just last month. She joined a sewing and knitting group and we have many sweaters, hats, mittens, table cloths and exquisite smocked little girl’s dresses as her legacy. Pearl was an accomplished home cook and famous for her pies and shortbread. Anyone who was a recipient of one of her famous cookie tins filled with shortbread at Christmas felt fortunate. She and Len were very involved with St. Stephen’s Anglican Church where they sang in the choir and Pearl was on the Altar Guild. Once all the girls were in school, Pearl went back to work at the Calgary Board of Education where she worked at an elementary school until she was 65. At the age of 50 and with the building of a cabin in the Windemere Valley, Pearl took up golf. Over the years she had 3 holes in one and was golfing with her daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter just four weeks ago. When the Westside Rec Centre opened in 2000 she became a volunteer. Over the ensuing years she worked so much they decided they needed to pay her. She worked her last shift just a month ago. Pearl and Len travelled widely after Len retired and even after Len died in 2006, Pearl went on several golf related trips on her own.
Pearl is predeceased by her husband Len, her parents and all her siblings, Maisey, Gordon, Roy, Oswald, Margaret, Muriel, Kay and Bobby. She is survived by her daughters, Kathleen (Mark Ferrier), Janet and Marion; by her four beloved grandchildren of whom she was so proud (three Queens engineers and a soon-to-be lawyer), Ryan Algar, Ward Algar, Daniel Ferrier and Lee Ferrier and by many, many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews. And of course she is survived by her three grand dogs, Stella, Molly and Buddy.
Pearl’s family would like to express their deep gratitude to Dr.’s MacLean, Boucher, Doig and Robisheau and to the wonderful caring nurses at the Foothills Medical Centre, who looked after her so well these past weeks.
A Celebration of Pearl’s Life will be held this Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at Elbow Springs Golf Club (240086 Lott Creek Drive SW, Calgary, AB). Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200 – 325 Manning Rd. N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 2P5 Telephone: (403) 205-3966, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In living memory of Pearl Webb, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences