June 21, 1921 – June 30, 2012
Pearl Rose Ames, 91, died on June 30, 2012, surrounded by her four children at the home of her daughter in Parker, Colo.
Pearl was born June 21, 1921 in Byron, the daughter of Carl and Helen (Thorn) Anderson. She lived all of her life in Byron, with the exception of two years, where she lived on a ranch her parents owned in Cody.
Pearl graduated from Byron High School in 1939. The following spring, on March 6, 1940, she married her childhood sweetheart Archie A. Ames. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
After her first daughter, Brenda Kaye was born, their lives were interrupted by World War II, when Archie went off to war. During part of this time, Pearl and her daughter lived in Tacoma, Wash., where she worked in a factory.
Upon Archie’s return from the war, they moved back to Byron. Their second daughter Deana Rae was born. Two years later, their lives were once again interrupted by a call to duty when Archie left to serve in the Korean conflict. During this time, Pearl worked as a secretary for the school district.
Pearl was a patriot who loved God, family and country. She taught her children how to appropriately honor and show respect for the flag and those who sacrificed to preserve our liberties. With the wars finally behind them, Pearl was blessed with two more children, sons Rand Alan and Archie Rickard. She devoted her time to being a stay-at-home mom of four children. While her children were in school, she was Byron’s Avon Lady.
One of Pearl’s many loves was dancing, which she and her husband did exceptionally well. She loved to sing and play the piano. She was a very active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she sang for many years in her church choir and held many teaching and leadership positions in her Ward and Stake.
Pearl was very creative with her sewing. She loved to quilt, arrange flowers and decorated for many events held in her community. Her calligraphy caught the eye of many as elegance guided her hand, she filled out documents, certificates and letters for the school district and different organizations in her church.
Pearl was an excellent archer and an avid sports fan. She played first base on the women’s softball teams for her church and town. She never missed a boys high school football game or boys or girls basketball games and track meets. If it was a sporting event, she was there. She loved the outdoors and she could always be found hunting, fishing and camping in the mountains with her family. She directed many plays, and created costumes for them. She wrote poems and prose for many occasions that took place in her community and for many personal requests. She was an excellent cook. The smell of fresh homemade bread, cinnamon rolls and pies delighted everyone who entered her home on Thursdays.
Pearl traveled extensively, visiting England, Scotland, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Italy, France, Turkey and the Holy Land. She cruised the Mediterranean Sea, took a cruise to Alaska, and rode a camel in Jerusalem. She visited Mexico numerous times, the last time, celebrating her 80th birthday with all the “girls” in the Ames family, in Puerto Vallarta. She toured Canada and the eastern seaboard of the USA.
Pearl’s greatest joy was her family and being her husband’s helpmate. She was filled with compassionate service and charity to others. Pearl’s quick wit and continued sense of humor kept everyone smiling and has made the world around her a happy place. She touched the lives of many with her sweet spirit and unconditional love.
Pearl is survived by and was the proud mother of four children: Brenda Kay Ames (LeRoy Marshall) of Aurora, Colo., Deana Rae Ames (Jason Rozman) of Parker, Colo., Rand Alan Ames (Shelly) of Powell and Archie Rickard Ames (Janna Thompson) of Loveland, Colo. This special lady’s posterity consists of 15 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren (one on the way), one great-great-grandson, her sister, Laura Snell, and a host of nieces and nephews.
Pearl was preceded in death by her husband, Archie, her parents, two grandchildren, one brother, three sisters and a son-in-law.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 6 at the Byron Ward Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Interment followed at the Byron Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.