Pearl Ella Trease Davies departed this life and moved on to a better world on April 7, 2020.
Pearl was born on May 28, 1933 to John Oscar Trease and Ila LaVon Cowling in Wadsworth, Ohio. Perhaps her happiest memories were of the idyllic childhood that she had on the farm in Wadsworth, with her parents and her sister Jacque. In later years, she loved talking about how she would spend hours reading in the shade on the large rock in their yard, and waiting for “daddy” to come in from the fields. She also remembered with fondness the small little tasks that she would do to help her father with the farm chores and her mother in the home. Pearl loved school and was an outstanding student, evidenced by the fact that she graduated as “salutatorian” of her class in Wadsworth. She also played the piano and taught Primary in their small LDS branch in Akron, Ohio.
When Pearl was 16, she and her family moved to Southern California. Just a few weeks after arriving in California, she met and fell in love with Tom Davies, who would be her friend, sweetheart, and husband for the next 71 years. They were married on February 17, 1953 in the Mesa LDS Temple. Just a few months after their marriage, Tom was called to serve in the Navy during the Korean War, and during Tom’s time overseas, their first son Kim was born. After Tom’s return, he and Pearl lived briefly in Tennessee and then longer in Kansas, where Tom finished out his time in the Navy, and where Jeff was born. They then spent 4-5 years in Utah, where Lori was born. In 1961 they moved back to Southern California, where they lived for the next 16 years, and where Mark, Doug, and Brad were born in quick succession. By the late 1960s, Pearl and Tom had their “sixties six-pack”, and she loved it.
Along with her memories of childhood on the farm, Pearl looked back with deep fondness on this time with her family in California. Hectic though it must have been, her greatest joy in life was being a mother and taking care of her children. Every day, she was there when her children returned home from school, and she was there when her children just needed someone to talk to. She spent countless hours reading to her children, teaching them to pray, taking care of their many needs, and giving them the ultimate gift – the security of unconditional love. She also found great joy in serving in her LDS ward in California, especially the time that she spent as Mother Education teacher in Relief Society.
In 1976, Pearl and Tom moved to Orem, Utah. Although Pearl had a number of health issues over the next few decades, her greatest joy was always her family. She spearheaded the family newsletter that brought together her children who were now spread across the United States, and she reveled in having her children share with her what was happening in their own families. During these years, she also loved collecting antiques (which reminded her of her time on the family farm in Ohio), “bargain shopping”, reading (voraciously!), playing the organ, listening to her “crooners” of the 1960s and 1970s, driving in the canyons to see the Fall colors, and decorating for Christmas. She also derived great happiness from having a clean, extremely well-organized home, and in simply spending time with her family.
Pearl is survived by Tom, her devoted and loving husband of 67 years, who has been the perfect example of a loving and devoted caregiver during the many health issues that Pearl has experienced during the past few years. She is also survived by her 6 children, 16 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. We love you Mom, and we will miss you deeply.
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