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JAVENS, Pearl Elizabeth

March 2, 1921 – January 31, 2016

It is with great sadness that the family of Pearl Javens (nee Wiltse) announce that she passed away peacefully, holding hands with her son Mark, on Sunday January 31, 2016.

Pearl is survived by her second husband, Lorne Javens; son Mark McCook; seven grandchildren; and seventeen great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind Darlene Gustafson (Wayne), who was like a second daughter to her. She was predeceased by her first husband Ian McCook; sons Robin and Eric McCook (Louise); and daughter Carol Vandermeer (Klaas).

Pearl was born in Halkirk, Alberta in 1921, she was the second youngest of five girls. Her father passed away when she was a young girl, leaving the family to make their way on the Alberta prairie. Through necessity, she learned the art of hard work, sewing and crochet, and growing just about anything she could in our Alberta climate.

She married Ian McCook and moved to Elnora where Ian managed the Alpha Dairy. Within a few years, Pearl welcomed her mother into her home, and went on to have four children. After a brief move to Brooks, the McCooks made their way to Calgary where they opened a corner store. She then went to work in her son’s sporting goods store for several years, before retiring to her beloved home in Charleswood.
Always a hard worker, Pearl kept a clean, welcoming home and tended to a beautiful garden filled with both flowers and vegetables. From her garden she made the best raspberry jam ever which was enjoyed by many.

Over the years, she cherished her three small dogs, Patti, Cindy and Puffy. Pearl filled her time with crochet, paper toll and other assorted arts and crafts, creating treasures for family and friends.

Pearl lived in Calgary at a time when KFC was known as Barney’s, and she loved sharing a bucket of chicken with the family. Chinese food was from “Normans” (the name of the owner, not the restaurant). It was definitely a simpler time. She saw Calgary grow from a small city on the prairies, to the thriving metropolis it is now.

Pearl loved simple and beautiful things such as butterfly broaches and was always well dressed. She achieved this by watching for deals and clipping coupons. She took great pride when she “hit the jackpot,” during a successfully shopping excursion. She was living proof that you didn’t have to spend a lot to look great.

Pearl had a strong personality which she passed on to her children. You always knew where you stood with her. She kept her spunk until her final years, being referred to as a “spitfire” by many who came in contact with her. This was contrasted by her appearance, which was akin to what you would expect Santa Clause’s wife to look like.

Pearl remained in her home until the summer of 2014, when she could no longer keep up with the demands it presented. Until that point, she continued to shop for bargains on food, prepare three meals a day, clean the home and do the laundry. In the summer of 2014 she and Lorne moved to Auburn Heights Retirement Home, where she lived until her passing. Her tiny body finally gave out on her, and she spent the last few days of her life in the South Health Campus Hospital.

Thanks you to the caregivers, at Auburn Heights Retirement Residence, Dr. Glen Gould, mom’s long time physician, and the doctors, nurses and staff at the South Health Campus Hospital. You made moms final days as comfortable and peaceful as possible. And thank you to nurses Jen and Zoe, for your unmatched compassion.

In living memory of Pearl Javens, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Tom and Fran Cormack

    We send to all of the family our deepest sympathy and hold you all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Blessings, Fran and Tom Cormack (long time friends of Eric asnd Louise)

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  2. Dodie and Lee Bennett

    Lee and I send our condolences to Mark. Your Mom was such a great neighbour and sweet person. She was always so caring and I loved having our coffee get-togethers .and she always had home made cookies or cake. I missed her greatly when they moved to their senior home.

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