|Birth: ||Jul. 31, 1901|
|Death: ||Feb. 1, 1966|
Margarett Pearl Clark was born on 31 July 1901 and raised in Taneyville, Taney, Missouri. She was my father's sister, the second of the 4 children born to Thomas Jefferson & Cora (Eshleman) Clark.
On 28 February 1927, she married Lester R. Manley, son of William Edgar and Minerva Jane (Ivy) Manley. They began their married life in Taneyville, and then lived for a while in Idaho, where Lester worked in the timber industry.
Pearl and Lester then moved to Northern California, along with her brother, Tom & other family members, where she worked in the fruit orchards of the Sacramento Valley. Lester soon found work in the timber industry in Upper Yuba & Butte Counties. They eventually settled near Challenge, California where Lester, along with his brothers, formed a small logging concern.
My aunt's husband lost his life in a logging truck accident on 21 November 1944. He was hauling logs to a lumber mill in Yuba County when the load of logs fell onto him as he was preparing to unload. Aunt Pearl was in the truck and witnessed the accident. She was never the same after losing Lester, who was the love of her life. She was married a second time to Benton Flanery. That marriage ended in divorce.
Aunt Pearl had become part owner of a small café in Challenge, which catered mostly to the loggers in that area. It was while living in Challenge that she introduced my dad to my mother. Mom had hired on as a waitress and kitchen helper.
We all lived for a while in the near-by logging camp. We later moved to the Yuba County township of Arboga, where Aunt Pearl and her second husband, Bent, partnered with my parents in buying a large two-story house.
Pearl started working in the fruit orchards of Yuba County, mostly for New England Orchards, where she became a forelady in the sorting shed. She also worked at times in Kelseyville, and in the Chelan, Washington apple orchards, both sorting and packing.
I remember Aunt Pearl as always living with us. She was like a second mother to my siblings and me. She had one son, Jack Vernol Manley, and 5 grandchildren, whom she loved dearly, and would visit with often. One grandson, Jackie, died of viral pneumonia at the age of 2. They all lived in Washington, where Jack worked as a master mechanic for Boeing.
Aunt Pearl spent many hours working in our vegetable garden, and in her flower garden. She loved her roses, of which she grew many varieties. She was mostly an "outdoor person", who was raised to be a hard worker. We had a little hobby farm where she helped with the chickens, ducks and the milk cow. She was forever rearranging the furniture. She taught me that a house was never clean until you swept under and behind the furniture.
My aunt was a good cook. I especially remember her fruit cobblers and chicken with dumplings. Aunt Pearl also loved reading paperback novels, mostly westerns. (I got my love of reading from her, later reading just about all of the Zane Gray novels I could get my hands on.) I would sometimes sleep with her at night, and I would watch as she propped her pillows up and read the latest paperback.
Being raised in the Ozarks of Missouri, Aunt Pearl was taught many of the medicinal remedies, and the beliefs that were prevalent among the people who settled there. (I was frightened for many years of birds flying into the windows of the house!...still am, a little) I also remember her dosing us kids up with onion or tobacco poultices, She had a few other nasty remedies that always seemed to work, as well.
Aunt Pearl died on 1 February 1966. She was 64 years old. She was survived by her son, Jack, his wife, Hazel Hall, and their 4 children, Lester, Linda, Lanna & Larry, in addition to her nieces and nephews. She loved her family, and we all loved her.
-by SA (Clark) Rose
Sierra View Memorial Park
Created by: JS Clark
Record added: Apr 04, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 18765862