Pearl Stevens - March 28, 2013Pearl Marie (Karnes) Stevens, 100, died Thursday, March 28, 2013, at Rose Lane Home in Loup City.
Funeral services were Wednesday, April 3, at Govier Funeral Home in Broken Bow. Burial was in the Merna Cemetery.
Pearl was born Nov. 29, 1912, at the family in Anselmo. She was the fifth of six children born to Walter Michael and Mary Catherine (Ward) Karnes.
She moved growing up on the farm with all the animals to care for after coming home from school. She attended New Helena and Karnes country schools and Anselmo High School. While attending Karnes country school, she was the only girl enrolled with 11 boys. Her love of pitching softball and all other sports continued throughout her lifetime. She could be seen sitting in the bleachers, watching her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and children of friends compete.
She married Herbert N. Stevens on July 7, 1934, at the home of his mother in Merna. They had to wait until Rev. Phillips finished performing in the Saturday evening band concert to officiate at the ceremony. Five children were born to this union: Ruth Janett, Donna Eliane, Donald Dee, Glenna Jean and Carolyn Lea.
Her hands were always busy as a wife, mother and homemaker. She worked outside of the home as a clerk at Davolt Grocery, cook and piemaker for the Merna Cafe and 25 years at the Broken Bow Dairy Queen. Raising a garden and canning the produce was a favorite pastime for her and Herbert. They shared their harvest with family and the Merna community.
Pearl loved to sew, embroidery, piece quilts and crochet. All her family has beautiful keepsakes of her meticulous handiwork. Her family grew in number to 86 members and she always remembered all the birthdays with a greeting card, as long as her health allowed. Pearl celebrated her 100th birthday on Nov. 29, 2012, at a party hosted by her family. She danced the first dance with her son, Don. The community of Merna has always been a blessing for the Stevens family.
Pearl is survived by her daughters, Ruth (Jerry) Sloggett and Glenna Markham; son, Donald (Elaine) Stevens; son-in-law, George Witte; 14 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews, special friend, Isabelle McCandless and many other friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Herbert; two daughters, Donna and Carolyn; son-in-law, Bennie Markham; a great-grandson and great-granddaughter; one sister, Dorothy Wanitschke; four brothers, Walter, Roy, Harry and Willie.
A memorial has been established in her name to Merna United Methodist Church.