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Pearl Hughberta Langley Lyon
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Obituary for Pearl Hughberta Langley Lyon

Pearl was born February 20, 1912 in Tillamook, OR to Emma Zuercher and James Langley. She was their eldest, having sisters Bernice and Ruby. She had an older half-brother Arnold. She was baptized at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Grand Rand graduated high school in St. Paul.
On March 7, 1932 in Vancouver, WA she married Harley Lyon of Lafayette. The happy couple lived in several communities, McMinnville, Hillsboro, Newberg and settled for the last 51 years in Dayton. They had 2 children, Janet and Harold. Having descended from pioneer families of Tillamook, namely Zuercher and Kodad, and native/French Canadian families of Lachance, Langlois, there was always much traveling for family get together’s. She is a great granddaughter of Twinisha of Winakske, aka Nancy of The Dalles.
Pearl was a wonderful seamstress, making clothes for her children and grandchildren. Within her sewing cabinet is a piece of wax her dad gave her from one of the shipwrecks off the Oregon Coast. She always attributed her sewing abilities to her aunt Mayme Boutin.
Harley and Pearl were farmers, raising filberts, beans, cucumbers, strawberries, apples and peaches. Pearl accompanied Harley on hunting trips and helped her son shoot his first deer. She had fished the coastal streams with her father, learning to use shot huckleberries for bait. She canned up into her 80’s. Her kitchen was always busy and open to all guests. In later years she made pies for her daughter at the Pirate’s Den. She led 5 generations of family up onto the reservation to identify and pick native berries, being known as ulali klootchman (berry woman). She loved to shop at the secondhand stores, always loyal to the St. Vincent De Paul. She was a longtime member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the St. Paul Historical Society.
She worked over 19 years at Oakwood Glen Care Center in McMinnville, also known affectionately as Pearl’s Boarding house. Her one granddaughter, one great grandson, all but one great granddaughter and 3 great great grandchildren all followed in her footsteps for the love of nursing.
At the time of her passing, Pearl was the oldest tribal member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, possibly of all time, being just 3 months shy of 106. She is survived by son Harold, sister Ruby Bigoni, niece Dianne Locklear, nephews Richard Bigoni, James Bigoni and Robert Nagle; grandchildren Carol (David) Ravia, Mary (Gary) Wilson, John (Cheryle) Gentry, Michael Gentry, Cindy Gulledge and James Lyon; 16 great grandchildren and 32 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Harley, daughter Janet, sister Bernice, brother Arnold “Pete” and great grandson John III.
Funeral services will be held at the tribal gym in Grand Ronde on December 9th at 11:00 am followed by interment at Evergreen Cemetery in McMinnville. A memorial dinner will be held at a later date at the Elder Center.


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