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Pearl Culley-Turner

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Pearl Culley-Turner

Pearl Culley-Turner departed this life on Sunday, April 23, 2017 in the presence of her loving family.

She was the third and last daughter, a first generation American, born to Joseph and Celia Bernstein, who emigrated from Russia to escape religious persecution. Pearl was born in Brooklyn, New York on December 20, 1925. As a child, Pearl loved to read, and sang on the NYC Jewish radio. As a young woman, Pearl married the love of her life, Frizell Culley. Together they raised 4 children, Frizell Jr., Randolph, Clayton, and Richelle. Pearl was always an independent strong-willed thinker, and became a fierce advocate for her children's education. She was a Den mother for the Boy Scouts and a PTA president for many years. She volunteered in schools and petitioned the Board of Education on behalf of her children's educational rights. Her passion was fearless and her devotion to her family was tireless.

Over a one-month period in 1973, Pearl lost her husband, Frizell and her son, Randolph, a Vietnam veteran, in two separate tragic accidents. She resiliently fought to put her life back together. By her fifth decade of life, Pearl decided to pursue her educational dreams, and consecutively completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees in education. She then worked for many years as a Special Education teacher in Brooklyn until her retirement. Pearl met George Turner later in her life and they moved to Delaware where they would be happily married. Pearl and George spent many glorious years traveling the world together before he lost his battle with cancer in 2000. Sadly, Pearl lost her son Clayton in 2007, also to cancer.

Pearl was known for her stylish dressing, accessorizing, and impeccable decorating ideas. She was always articulate and passionate about expressing her opinions on social issues and current events. Pearl also loved reading biographies, and watching classic cowboy and murder mystery movies. Throughout her entire life, she stood fast against bigotry, and defied social injustices.

She leaves behind her son, Frizell Culley, Jr. (Julie) of NYC; daughter, Richelle Talbert (Ernest) of Bear, DE; 8 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; nieces; a nephew; and a host of caring extended family and friends.

She has been a fighter her entire life and will finally rest in peace.

Graveside services will be 10:00 am, Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 DuPont Highway, New Castle, DE 19720. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the (


Published in The News Journal on Apr. 25, 2017
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