Pearl Mae Peavey
5/2/1925 - 7/28/2014
Pearl Mae Rice Peavey, 89, of Nampa, Idaho died Monday, July 28, 2014, at a local hospital of natural causes.
Pearl was born in Nunn, Colorado May 22, 1925 to Gilbert and Faye Warren Rice. When Pearl was a small child, the family moved to California. Pearl attended Otay High School and talked about riding the ferry around the San Diego bay, dancing with her friends to the music from phonograph records. She graduated in 1943 and went to work keeping books for a trucking firm. There she met Jesse Peavey and they married in December of 1944.
Jesse & Pearl farmed in the San Diego area and then in the El Centro, California area. In 1959 they moved to Idaho where they farmed and ranched near Nampa and Melba. In 1968 they established the Canyon Cattle Company feedyard where they remained until Jesse's death in 1998.
In 1968 Pearl went back to school to earn her LPN. She took a job in the nursery unit of Mercy Medical Center. Pearl loved working with the babies and worked nights where she taught each and every baby to stay awake at night and sleep through the day. After five years Pearl decided that two full time jobs were at least one too many and resigned from her nursing position to focus on her role as bookkeeper for Canyon Cattle Company.
Pearl was a seamstress without equal. When her youngest daughter became old enough to join 4-H, Pearl became a 4-H Leader, teaching almost every project associated with cooking, sewing and other home projects. Pearl always said her most challenging project was teaching a left-hander to knit. She especially loved to sew with her daughters and granddaughters. Her favorite way to spend the day was to put a John Wayne movie in the player and help each girl with a sewing project. Laughter raised the roof. Some of her best creations were prom dresses, junior miss gowns with doll dresses to match, athletic flags, ladies lead outfits and baptismal gowns.
Although she didn't get to go often, Pearl loved to travel, especially with her sister. Their favorite places included Victoria, B.C., Seattle, and Yellowstone National Park. Pearl enjoyed traveling to San Diego where she spent time with her sister and mother. She often said that whenever she drove to Sunny Slope to purchase fruit, her car invariably turned south toward California. She was a long time member of the San Diego Zoo society and never missed a chance to spend the day with her favorite animals.
In 1998 Pearl moved to Nampa , bought a house, and enjoyed the process of making it her own. She became involved with Mothers of Military Support and Military Outreach Ministries. Pearl created amazing toys, quilts, and books for these organizations. Pearl loved to join her friends in tours of quilting shops, sometimes turning the trip into an overnight adventure. A special treat for Pearl was to join her son and daughter-in-law in Elko, Nevada. She was her son's girl Friday, helping him to test ideas and build wishing wells, water features, and miles of deck around his house.
Jesse and Pearl had three children: Anna (John) Davis,Caldwell, Idaho; Jack (Beverly) Peavey, Elko, Nevada; and Margaret (Ed) Thomas , Helena, Montana. Pearl was a grandmother of three: Michelle (Jeff) Jansen, Spokane, Washington; Michael Davis, Sunnyside, Washington; and Wendy (Garrett) Bittner, Petaluma, California; and a great-grandmother of two: Madeleine and Nick James, Spokane, Washington. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Jack, her sister Gene, and her husband.
Private interment will be on Friday, August 1 at the Melba Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will follow on Saturday, August 2, at Pearl's house at 640 Spruce Creek Drive, Nampa from 2-5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the San Diego Zoo, Mothers of Military Support, Military of Outreach Ministry, or the
. Services are under the direction and care of Alsip and Persons Funeral Chapel, Nampa 466-3545.
Alsip & Persons Funeral Chapel
404 Tenth Avenue South Nampa, ID 83651
Published in Idaho Statesman on July 31, 2014