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Pearl Welle

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Funeral services for Mrs. Pearl Welle, 97, of Spencer, formerly of rural Milford, will be held at 10:30 a.m., today, Friday, Jan. 18, 2008, at Hope Reformed Church of Spencer. Rev. Tamara Entin will officiate the service.

Interment will take place at North Lawn Memorial Park of Spencer.

Pearl passed away Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008, at St. Luke Lutheran Home of Spencer.

Pearl Elizabeth (Arms) Welle, daughter of Roy Elvin and Nora Mabel (Garret) Arms was born Dec. 29, 1910, in rural Clay County. Her childhood years were spent on the Arms homestead near Greenville. She attended the Greenville school where she graduated in 1927.

On June 29, 1929, she married Lester Davis Welle in Fostoria. They farmed south of Spencer before moving to their farm southwest of Milford. They also lived in California from 1965 to 1972 while Lester worked at Knott's Berry Farm in the Los Angeles area as a stagecoach driver, farrier and harness maker.

Pearl was a member of Little Sioux Lutheran Church, Farm Bureau, Okoboji Garden Club and Iowa Great Lakes Saddle Club. She worked at Murl's Log Villa in West Okoboji and in the Little Country Store at the Living History Farms in Des Moines where she and Lester were residents in the Flynn Mansion from 1972 to 1982. Lester drove the wagons between the farms and was resident farrier.

In 2002, she became a resident of St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Herbert Arms, two sisters: Florence Coover and Beatrice Coover; one grandson, Damon Welle; and one granddaughter, Jessica Welle.

Peal is survived by her brother, Erwin Barglof and his wife, Marlyn of Linn Grove; eight sons and their wives: Bud and Marie, Jerry and Roseann, and David and Bob -- all of Milford, Dean of Crescent City, Florida, Bill and Bonnie of Spencer, John and Nancy of Fostoria and Mike and Marcia of Spirit Lake; three daughters: Jeannine Winter of Fostoria, Bonnie Gilbertson of Apache Junction, Ariz., and DeAnne Van Enter and her husband, Norman of Spencer; 33 grandchildren; 54 great grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.

Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.