Pearl Samuelson, 96, of Apache Junction, Ariz., formerly of Central City, Iowa, passed from this life on July 19, 2018, surrounded by family in Mesa, Ariz. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Central City, Iowa, with visitation two hours prior, beginning at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Mount Clark Cemetery in Central City.
Pearl was born March, 13, 1922, in Jefferson County, Iowa, to Vince and Mary (Droz) Brown. She married Lloyd "Shorty" Samuelson on April 19, 1942, in Missouri. She found joy in life working and caring for others through her cooking and baking. Being raised on the farm, she learned the importance of work ethics early in life. Pearl worked many years at Central City Senior Center preparing congregate meals. She enjoyed playing cards, games, bingo and frequent trips to the casino. Each family member was blessed to receive a quilt made with her love over the years.
She is survived by her loving daughters, Julie (Keith) Hollingsworth of Arizona and Nancy (Lynn) Schmaljohn of Illinois; grandchildren, Darin (Nicky) Knapp and Amy Schmaljohn; great-grandchildren, Jordan and Hunter Knapp; a sister, Helen McIntire; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Laura and Tyson Held.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years; parents; two sisters; two brothers; granddaughter, Angie Schmaljohn; and companion of 17 years, Ed Biggart.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Pearl's memory be directed to Hospice at Home of Arizona, 1423 S. Higley Rd., Ste 121, Mesa, AZ 85206.
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