Pearl Mildred Royer, 97, longtime Prosser, Wash., resident, passed away Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, at Tendercare Homes in Clarkston.
Pearl was born Aug. 14, 1923, in Prosser to Paul and JoHanna (Soberg) Nordby. She attended Prosser and Grandview schools and graduated from Grandview High School with the Class of 1941. Pearl worked as the secretary to the principal at Grandview High School. She later worked for title insurance companies and then finished her career working 12 years as chief clerk at the Benton County Treasurer’s Office until her retirement in January 1990.
She was a longtime member of Covenant Presbyterian Church and very active in the Prosser Chamber of Commerce. Pearl also was very involved in the Prosser community, volunteering at the Prosser Museum and serving as chaperone for the Prosser royalty. She spent years providing transportation for Miss Prosser and princesses and hundreds of hours working on the Prosser float for parades throughout the state of Washington. Pearl also provided transportation for the Prosser High School cheerleaders, much to the delight of her sons. In 2011, she was honored to be chosen as the grand marshal in the Prosser States Day Parade.
She enjoyed playing the piano and was a voracious reader. Pearl especially enjoyed being with her extended family and shared many holidays, birthday parties and weekends with them. She also loved her little dog, Rascal, who lived to be 23 years old.
Pearl also passed on her strong Norwegian personality, along with her fierce belief in integrity, honesty and morality. She enjoyed socializing and made friends easily with her pleasant, outgoing personality. She was a pleasure to be around.
Pearl was stoic to the end, insisting “I’m just fine.” Her biggest concern was “Who is going to take care of my family when I’m gone?”
Pearl is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Jo “BJ” Marshall (Rick), of Whidbey Island, Wash.; son George Bradley “Brad” Royer, of Ridgecrest, Calif.; and son Gregory “Greg” Paul Royer (Marsha), of Clarkston. Pearl was blessed with eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Sheila Norton and Pauline Markes, daughter-in-law Mavis (Brad) Royer and granddaughter Brooke (Marshall) Wiersum.
Because of the pandemic, her memorial will be delayed until next summer.