Longtime Alaskan and Kenai Peninsula resident, A. Pearl Richards (Kingsley) Barber, went home to be with her Lord on March 27, 2013 at Harbor Lights House Assisted Living in Soldotna.
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A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at Soldotna Bible Chapel, 300 W Marydale Ave. on Sunday, March 31 at 4 p.m. following a viewing at 3:30 p.m. The service will be officiated by Pastor John Rysdyk.
Pearl was born Sept. 28, 1923 in Hominy, Okla. She was the second of 13 children born to Trevy M. and Eunice O. Richards. She grew up during the Great Depression, moving from town to town with her family as her father's work dictated. They eventually settled in Winfield, Kan. where Pearl attended and graduated from high school in 1941.
Pearl earned an associate's degree from Central College, McPherson, Kan. in 1944. She began working as a "Rosie Riveter" at Boeing in Wichita, Kan. and advanced to the position of draftsperson. Her intricate mechanical drawings illustrated the assembly manual for the B-29 bomber.
Pearl married Clovis H. Kingsley in 1946, after he returned from WWII. They came to Valdez in 1951 and began homesteading on the Kenai Peninsula near Ninilchik in 1953. She mothered three daughters in the primitive conditions of early Alaskan homesteading - without electricity, running water or modern conveniences.
In 1963 Pearl returned to the Midwest, working as a secretary in her hometown of Winfield, Kan. until 1966. She was then hired as a cashier and bookkeeper by Greenville College, Greenville, Ill., where she worked until retirement in 1993. She returned to her beloved Alaska, where she was finally able to pursue her creative interests, including acrylic and oil painting (portraits, still lifes and landscapes) and illustrating. She also enjoyed needlework, sewing, ceramics, creative writing, photography and was known within her family as the champion Scrabble player and jigsaw puzzle worker.
Pearl is survived by three daughters, Martha Kingsley (of Harrison, Ariz.), Chlorinne Kingsley (of Linden, N.C.) and Sherlyn Anderson (of Kenai); grandchildren Terry Steiner and Dale Thomas (of Soldotna), Tammy Drake (of Kenai), Benjamin Walton (of Orlando, Fla.), Nathan Walton (of Manitou Springs, Colo.); great grandchildren, Heather and Elijah Drake (of Kenai), Tyler and Joshua Walton (of Orlando), Ellie Wolfkeil-Walton (of Manitou Springs, Colo.); sisters, Lois Bogner, (of Winfield, Kan.), Nell Clark (Springfield, Mo.); brothers, Jim and Beryl Richards (of San Antonio, Texas); and many nephews and nieces,
She was preceded in death by two husbands; her parents; siblings, Paul, Don, Joyce, Mary, Frankie, David and two infants; plus infant great-grandchildren Wesley Walton and Little Finn.
Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai. Please visit her online guestbook at www.alaskanfuneral.com.
Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Apr. 1, 2013