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Pearl Malissa Bell Marshall
Birth: Oct. 10, 1894
Newton County
Missouri, USA
Death: Feb. 18, 1975
Union County
Oregon, USA

All of the photographs have been furnished by Pearl's son, Alfred.

Pearl, the only daughter of William Harrison and Sarah "Sadie" Abaloha (Ladd) Bell, was born near Newtonia, Newton County, Missouri, on October 10, 1894.

Her siblings were: John, Charles, & Hubert.

The day of Pearl's birth was a pleasant time of year. It was early fall, when pumpkins were standing ripe in the field, and trees and foliage were just beginning to take on orange and red hues. A few days before her birth, Newtonia was crowded with people waiting to hear the governor of Missouri, W.J. Stone, speak at the Opera House. She was named Pearl, an appropriate name for a baby girl who was like a precious pearl to her parents. A notice of her birth appeared on October 25, 1894: "Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Will Bell, on Wednesday, October 10th, 1894, a baby girl."

Pearl was a pretty girl with big dark blue eyes, just like her mother, and was the pride and joy of her parents. She grew up in a religious environment where her parents took an active part in the Newtonia Baptist Church and in religious activities in their area. Both of her parents were musically talented; her father played a violin, and her mother, not only played the organ, but gave music lessons to neighbors and relatives. They were very sociable, and when time allowed, they enjoyed entertaining relatives, friends, and neighbors.

Her parents owned a farm that bordered her grandfather Bell's farm. Pearl started to school in Newtonia. By the time she was 10, a new school house was built near her home. She had the honor of being among the first 23 students to greet the teacher when Mountain Grove School opened on Monday morning, October 24, 1904. Sunday school classes and religious meetings were also held at the school.

She had a carefree childhood until she was a teenager. Around this time, she became responsible for most of the household chores. Her mother had contracted tuberculosis and was sometimes so weak that she couldn't get out of bed. In those days, there was no cure, and people frequently died an early death from the debilitating disease. At times her mother would improve, and it seemed as if she might recover, only to suffer a relapse.

Pearl was 19 years old in the spring of 1914, when she said goodbye to her friends to begin a new way of life. She and her parents left Newtonia in a covered wagon on their way to Yoder, Colorado, about 650 miles to the west. They were hoping that the dry climate out west would be better for her mother's health.

Years later she shared some of these special memories with her son, Alfred Marshall. It was a long trip and an especially difficult time for all of them. Her mother was very sick and had to stay in a bed they had fixed in the back of the wagon. Not only did Pearl have to help take care of her mother but had to do most of the chores.

Once they reached their destination, they settled down in a sod house out on the plains. Pearl told her daughter-in-law, Jean Marshall (Alfred's wife), that they were still living in the sod house when her mother died early in the spring of 1915. The family accompanied her body back to Newtonia, where most of their friends and relatives still lived. Her funeral was held in the Newtonia Baptist Church, after which she was buried in the old Newtonia Cemetery.

Pearl met Allen Prevo, a divorced Baptist minister, who lived in Colorado Springs. They were married in Colorado Springs on August 8, 1918, the same day they applied for a marriage license. On their application they were shown as Allen M. Prevo, age 32, of Monett, Barry County, Missouri, and Pearl M. Bell, age 23, of Newtonia, Newton County, Missouri. Their witnesses were her father, W.H. Bell, and Mrs. R.L. Williams.

On September 12, 1918, Pearl and Allen lived at 2310 Willette, Colorado Springs, when he registered for the WWI draft. He was working as an automobile salesman. His birthday was recorded as May 8, 1886. His physical description was short, medium build, gray eyes, and light brown hair.

Very little is known about this time in Pearl's life, for it was a time she preferred not to talk about. It has been reported by family members that Allen was unfaithful to their marriage vows and didn't treat her well. Pearl, who had been brought up with strict Christian morals, had already left him when he filed for a divorce on October 20, 1920. Six months later, June 10, 1921, they were officially divorced.

Pearl met Alfred Edward Marshall, a good looking young man, who worked at a dairy in Colorado Springs. Alfred, age 20, lived in Colorado Springs with his parents, Alfred George and Lottie Estella (Burdick) Marshall, and five sisters; Nellie, Alice, Dorothy, Anne, and Bessie.

They obtained their marriage license in Colorado Springs on July 28, 1922. They were married in Denver two days later by Rev. Morse. Pearl's aunt, Mattie (Bell) Wilson, was present for the ceremony and was one of the witnesses on their marriage license.

They rented a home in Colorado Springs, where Alfred work in a dairy. They had two children in CO, Alfred Edward and Charles Richard.

They left Colorado in August 1930 to move to OR where their third son, James Arthur, was born. There are many heart warming stories about Pearl and her family and their life in OR which can be found in "The Family of James and Caroline Bell." James & Caroline were Pearl's great-grandparents.

Pearls's obituary was published in The Observer in La Grande, Oregon, on Thursday, February 20, 1975: "Pearl Malissa Marshall, 80, 2109 3rd St., died Tuesday here following an extended illness. She was born Oct. 10, 1894, in Newtowne, Mo., the daughter of William Bell and Sarah Abaloha. She married Alfred E. Marshall July 30, 1921, in Denver, Colo. He preceded her in death in 1970.

Mrs. Marshall had been a resident of the La Grande area for three years, moving here from Ontario. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Ontario. She was a retired homemaker.

She is survived by three sons, Alfred E. of La Grande, Charles R. of Ontario and James A. of Meridian, Ida.; a brother, Charles Bell of Boone, Colo.; nine grandchildren, two great grandchildren and other relatives. Funeral services will be held 2 P. M. Friday at the Fairview Cemetery located between Weiser, Ida., and Ontario. Rev. Bob Roberts of the Assembly of God Church of Vale will officiate. Interment will follow. Friends may call at Dempsey's Funeral Chapel until 9 tonight."

Thus ended the life of a very special woman. One, who lived a life dedicated to God and family.
Family links: 
  Allen Miller Prevo (1886 - 1952)
  Alfred Edward Marshall (1901 - 1970)*
  Alfred Edward Marshall (1926 - 2009)*
  Charles Richard Marshall (1929 - 2001)*
  James Arthur Marshall (1930 - 2000)*
*Calculated relationship
Fairview Cemetery
Malheur County
Oregon, USA
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Record added: May 11, 2009
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