Pearl Williams


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Posted Online: April 07, 2013, 7:48 pm
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Pearl M. Williams, 91, of Moline, died Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Illini Restorative Care, Silvis.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 11, at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, 6601 38th Ave., Moline. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burialwill be at Riverside Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her family.
Pearl was born on Jan. 21, 1922, in Sioux City, Iowa, the daughter of James and Ella Baker Johns.
She worked at the former Moline Laundry, which now is Rock Island Laundry. She later worked for Mangle & Press. Pearl was a member of St. Paul AME Church in Moline, where she was a former steward.
Survivors include daughters, Myrna (LeRoy) Schavers, Rock Island, and Zelma Williams, Moline; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to send a special thank you to Addus Home Care, Visiting Nurses and Illini Restorative Care for their care and compassion.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Millicent Foster; granddaughter, Raylene Williams; three sisters; and two brothers.
Online condolences may be left for her family by visiting esterdahl.com.














 



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