Pearl Pace Eagar


Pearl Pace Eagar, 96, died May 21, 2008 in Logan, Utah. She was born July 12, 1911 in Thatcher, Ariz. She was the daughter of Lemuel Redd Pace, who died in the flu epidemic of 1919, and Mary Isabell Layton Pace, who gave birth to their fourth child, Lemuel, just five days after her husband's death.

Mrs. Eagar was raised in Thatcher, where she and her siblings had the love and support of both sets of grandparents. In a life spanning nearly a century, she enjoyed telling stories of riding horseback to school behind her older brother, Ivan, and stabling the horse at Grandpa Pace's during the day, since it was just across the street from the elementary school.

After successful completion of high school in Thatcher, she enrolled at Gila College in Safford.

She earned her bachelor's degree in home economics at the University of Arizona and taught at the high school level for several years before marrying Walter Argent Eagar of Eagar, Ariz., on July 3, 1940.

Mr. Eagar died in 1986, leaving his widow to reside in Payson, where they settled in the early 1970s.

Mrs. Eagar was very active in League of Women Voters, March of Dimes, and other community action groups and volunteered service in various local, state and national posts. A lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Pearl figured she served in every position in the church's Primary and Relief Society programs -- many posts more than once, particularly that of president of the Relief Society in various wards.

Mrs. Eagar is survived by three children, Norman Pace (Ann) Eagar of Napoleon, Mo., Donna Eagar (John) Wylie of Leander, Texas and Linda Eagar (John) Keith of North Logan, Utah; six grandchildren and their spouses; nine great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and one brother and sister-in-law, Lemuel Redd (Mary Jo Skousen) Pace of Mesa.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Ivan and sister-in-law, Christiane Luedert Pace; and sister, Allene and brother-in-law, Les Cole.

Graveside services will be held May 28 in Eagar.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests charitable donations.

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