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Pearl I. Bostrom

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Pearl I. Bostrom

March 5, 1920 ~ July 4, 2013

A joyous celebration occurred in Heaven on July 4th when Pearl Bostrom stepped into Heaven greeted by her savior, Jesus Christ, and was reunited with her husband Al and son Dick. She was an extraordinary woman, wife, mother, teacher and friend. Pearl was a woman of great character, kindness, integrity, loyalty, generosity, dedication and faith. Pearl Porter was born in Portland, Oregon and grew up in Fortuna, North Dakota. Her family moved to Woodburn, Oregon when she was thirteen. She attended Willamette University, the University of Oregon and the University of Washington where she completed her education. Her education was interrupted by World War II and she helped the war effort by drafting airplanes for Boeing. When the war ended she returned to the University of Washington and graduated with a B.A. in Education and Sociology. She travelled to Appalachia to work as a Methodist missionary with the poor for two years. On her return to Seattle she met Al Bostrom, the Camp Director, at Camp Orkila. Pearl and Al were a dynamic couple and Pearl worked tirelessly to help raise funds for the Camp. They were married for 64 years. Pearl assisted Al in all aspects of his job as the Executive Director for the Downtown YMCA. Pearl conceived of the idea to start a pre-school with Shirley Kajakawa, Fauntleroy Church's Education Director, and as a result the Little Pilgrim School was established and is still thriving today. She successfully taught and directed the pre-school for over twenty years. In addition to her husband, the loves of her life were her three children, Richard, Patricia, and Pamela. She was always their 150% booster in whatever field of athletic or musical venture they chose. She stressed the value of education, assisted them repeatedly with their homework and encouraged them to set high goals and to work hard. She was a self-sacrificing person and so often gave up her needs for her family's desires. Pearl was devoted to Fauntleroy Church where she served on many committees throughout her life. She was a huge supporter of establishing a Memorial Garden at the church. Pearl loved traveling and was fascinated by new places and new cultures. She and Al traveled the world accumulating exciting experiences in Europe, New Zealand, and many other countries. They delighted in taking their entire family on cruises. Pearl also played tennis, skied, square danced and played bridge. She was active for years as a volunteer for various charities. Pearl believed that one person could make a difference and often volunteered to help political candidates. She would light up a room with her smile. She was kind, loyal, supportive, generous, honest, faith-filled, and intelligent. Pearl is the beloved mother of Patricia Bostrom, Pamela Bostrom, and Richard Bostrom, who greeted her in Heaven. Pearl's love, vivaciousness, gentle and indomitable spirit will be dearly missed by all who knew her but her memory lives on through the countless lives she touched. Pearl lived a richly filled life with fun, grace, elegance, and dignity.

A memorial service celebrating the life of Pearl and her resurrection will be held on August 18, at 2:30 p.m. at Fauntleroy Church, 9140 California Ave. S.W., Seattle, Washington, 98136. Remembrances may be made to Fauntleroy Church Memorial Garden Fund. The family would like to gratefully thank Dr. Kathy Thomas and the tremendous Hospice nurses and caregivers.
Published in The Seattle Times on July 14, 2013
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