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Obituary for Pearl Hedwina King

Pearl Hedwina King, 100, of Pittsfield, passed away at Kimball Farms Nursing Facility on November 14, 2023.

Born in St. David, Maine on July 10, 1923, she was the daughter of Frank and Delima Daigle Fournier.
Pearl was educated in Maine Schools and was a 1941 graduate of Madwaska High School. She then started St. Luke’s Hospital Training School, from which she had to return home to care for her mother who was dying and then graduated in 1945.

She married the late Homer A. King on Feb. 5, 1949. He predeceased her in 2000.

Primarily a homemaker, prior to her marriage Mrs. King worked as registered nurse at the former St. Luke’s Hospital. She also had worked at Berkshire Medical Center as a surgical and oncology nurse and a private nurse until she retired.

She was a communicant of St. Joseph Church, where she sang in the choir and was a eucharistic minister and lector. She enjoyed gardening, reading, cooking, travelling, and ballroom dancing.

She was a member of the "Red Hat" ladies and the St. Lukes Nursing Association and worked for 10 years as an Avon representative.

Mrs. King is survived by her eight children, Geoffrey King and wife Sandra of Williamstown, Deidre Torra and husband Joseph of Pittsfield, Stephen King and wife Denise of Queensland, Australia, Danielle Allen of San Diego, CA, Donna-Marie Giardina and husband John of Pittsfield, Jonathan King and wife Pam of North Andover, MA, Gregory King and wife Judy of Pittsfield and James King of Pittsfield. She also leaves her sister, Normande Plourde of Breckenridge, CO; as well as twenty-one grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.

FUNERAL NOTICE: A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held, Monday, November 27, 2023 at 9 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, celebrated by Rev. Msgr. Michael Shershanovich, Pastor. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. Calling hours will be held, Sunday, November 26, 2023 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Dery Funeral Home, 54 Bradford St, Pittsfield, MA 01201.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made payable to the Special Olympics and mailed to the funeral home.