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Pearl (Nienhuis) Meindersma

August 14, 1929 ~ September 7, 2022 (age 93)
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Pearl Meindersma passed away peacefully September 7, 2022, at the age of 93 years.  Born in Granum, Alberta on August 14, 1929, she moved with her parents and brothers Cor and John, to Innisfail, then on to Penhold, and eventually Woody Nook district in Lacombe. After High School and University, she taught nine grades in a one room schoolhouse for two years.  In 1950, she met and married Wigger Meindersma. After Wigger passed away in 2010, Pearl remained on the farm until 2019, well into her 90’s. She will be sadly missed by her children, Shirley (Peter) Palset, Don Meindersma, Joan Olafson, Judy (Randy) Laye, her beloved 8 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, as well as many other relatives and friends. 

After a private graveside service, the family will hold a public, outdoor celebration of life on September 11, 2022 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the family farm “Aspen Springs Rustic Barn” (27223 TR 41-2) in Lacombe County. Limited seating will be available; guests are asked to bring their own lawn chairs and respect physical distancing and comfort level of others. Donations in Pearl’s honour may be made to the charity of your choice.

Pearl’s Story

Pearl was deeply religious and lived her life in service of others, much like her parents did, especially those who were less fortunate. Growing up through the Depression meant living a frugal life, having very little and wasting nothing.

Pearl loved music and played the piano, organ, and accordion for church services, weddings, funerals, and family celebrations. Her first public experience playing the organ was for a memorial service in Woody Nook Church at the age of twelve. She continued as an organist for weekly church services over the next 75 years and volunteered to support a variety of churches and organizations in Lacombe (Woody Nook, Bethel, Meadowbrook, Lutheran, Alliance, Wilson’s Funeral Chapel and the Lacombe Nursing Home). 

Like her father, written records and family history were extremely important. Pearl curated the Nienhuis and Meindersma familys’ history and recorded daily life and her family’s activities through writing, scrapbooks and many photo albums.

Pearl’s other passions included gardening, and her flowers.  She (and her father) earned many awards at local flower and garden shows. You couldn’t visit the farm without touring around the yard, celebrating the annual cycle of planting, growing and harvesting.  Visitors and family were always invited into the house for a delicious meal or fresh baking.  Departing the farm wasn’t complete until a “care package” of baking, hand-picked fruit, jam or garden produce was gifted. No one was sent home empty handed, a tradition the children, grand-children and great-grandchildren fondly remember and carry on. 

Pearl was also an accomplished seamstress and loved scrapbooking. In the early years, she sewed the majority of the family’s clothing. Pearl kept scrapbooks of craft and project ideas and made handbags, pencil cases, quilts, blankets, clothing items, and wall hangings which she freely gifted to others.  Her hands were never idle, so, in the evenings, she would knit or crochet items which were also given as gifts to family, seniors lodges, non-profit agencies and community organizations. She always placed others’ needs before her own.

Although Pearl’s life on the farm was filled with long days and hard work, it was rewarding; keeping the family fed, maintaining housework, working in the garden, berry patches, herding cows and field during planting and harvest seasons. Wigger purchased the home quarter in 1946 after returning from WWII. From 1946 - 1950, he and Pearl became engaged and made plans to build a house.  Dad ‘witched’ the original well with a willow branch and dug down 22’ before finding water.  He built the house that still stands today by cutting down and hauling lumber out of the bush with a team of horses. The logs were then cut into boards with a portable sawmill on the yard.  By 1950, Pearl and Wigger were married and had moved into the partially finished house. There was no access to power for the first three years and no indoor plumbing for the first twelve years. By the mid-1950’s, the barn and all other outbuildings had been built from lumber found on the quarter without the luxury of power tools or machinery. By 1959, with four children to care for, their lives were extremely busy. 

From 1950 to the late 1970’s, the four quarters supported a mixed farm with dairy cattle, hogs, and crops of hay, wheat, barley and oats.  The milk was separated so the cream could be sold to the local creamery; pigs and cattle were butchered for personal use or sold; hay and grain were used to feed the livestock; the large garden and berry trees provided the family with the majority of food supply year-round (all fruit and vegetables were preserved for use in the winter). Pearl and Wigger’s four children learned the value of hard work and resilience very early in life. Growing up, chores included feeding the cattle and pigs, milking cows, cleaning out stalls and sheds, operating the tractors and farm equipment, and doing field work late into the night whether it was a school night or not. It was hard work and long hours, but Pearl would always make sure the meals sent to the fields were varied and delicious; something the family looked forward to.

Pearl and Wigger’s children learned many life lessons which will be passed on through their children for generations to come. They learned the importance of family, the value of hard work and self-reliance, resilience through adversity, spirituality, compassion, empathy, kindness, selflessness, generosity, humility, honesty and integrity.

You’ve done God’s work Pearl. You can now rest in peace. We love you and will treasure our memories of you.

 

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Celebration of Life
Sunday
September 11, 2022

3:00 PM
Aspen Springs

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