Sept 15, 1921 - Aug 8, 2012 EDMOND Pearl Stein went home to be with our Lord Wednesday, August 8, 2012. A woman of deep faith and strong character, Pearl will be remembered for her unfaltering work ethic, endless wisdom, and comforting hugs. She lived her faith with a servant's heart. Pearl is free from suffering, and we celebrate the unfathomable joy that she has found in Heaven. Pearl Elizabeth Knoke was born in Columbia, South Dakota, on September 15, 1921, to William and Cora Knoke. Pearl worked as a legal secretary in San Francisco, California, after completing her education in Chicago. She wed Joseph Francis Stein on August 8, 1945. Pearl and Joe had two daughters, Joanne and Judy. They lost everything they owned in a range fire that swept their farm in Vail, South Dakota. To support his family, Joe found work with a steel subcontractor for major construction, such as bridges and dams. Pearl made a home for her family as they relocated through several states, including Colorado, Texas, and Oklahoma. Following Joe's passing in 1973, she moved from Ponca City to Oklahoma City to be closer to her daughters. Pearl worked as a classified adviser for the Oklahoma Publishing Company before retiring to care for her grandson, Brian. Always willing to serve, Pearl was active in her local church and the United Methodist Women. She volunteered with the South Community Hospital Auxiliary, the Moore Public Library, and tutored several people in adult literacy. Pearl was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Stein; and her daughter, Judy Pinkston. She is survived by her daughter, Joanne Kurklin; her son-in-law, Mark; and her grandson, Brian. Services for Pearl will be on Monday, August 13, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at New Life United Methodist Church in Moore, OK. She will be laid to rest at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery in Norman, OK.
Published in The Oklahoman on August 12, 2012