Obituary: Pearl May Mahaffey, the daughter of James A. and Emma Sissel Lee, was born Dec. 6, 1899 at El Dorado, Kan. She died Friday, May 15 at the Blue Valley Lutheran Care Home at the age of 92. As a small child she and her family travelled to Nebraska in a covered wagon. She was raised and educated in the Alexandria area. She attended District No. 36 rural school and was united in marriage on July 27, 1921 to James Elmer Mahaffey at Fairbury. They lived on a farm after their marriage. She loved to garden, raise chickens and help her husband James with the farm work on the family farm. After the death of her husband, Pearl moved from the farm to Belvidere where she and a special granddaughter Jeanie made their home. When her health failed and she was unable to live in her own home, she became a resident of the Blue Valley Lutheran Care Home in Hebron. She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Emma Lee; her husband, James Mahaffey; two grandchildren, Kathy and Bruce; four brothers, Floyd Lee, Warren Lee, Ellis Lee and Howard Lee; four sisters, Jane Summers, Florence Brown, Hazel Radtke, and Clara Sugart. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Raymond (Audrey) Hall of Fairmont, Mrs. Dale (Loetta) Bowman of Hebron and Mrs. Floyd (Nila) Buckelew of Ripon; one brother, Lowell Lee of Hebron; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held May 18 at Hacker Funeral Home in Hebron with Reverand L. Patterson Culligan officiating. Casket bearers were Harold Gaston, Roy Waldmeier, Randy Waldmeier, Bob Dawley, Kim Wood and Kent Williamson. Services conducted by Hacker Funeral Homes, P.C. Hebron and Bruning.
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