Pearl V. Marlatt

Friday, April 22, 2011

Pearl V. Marlatt, age 85, of Newell, passed away Sunday, April 17, 2011 at the Newell Good Samaritan Center in Newell.

Funeral services were Wednesday, April 20, at Nain Lutheran Church in Newell. Burial was in the Newell Cemetery in Newell. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Newell was in charge of the arrangements.

Pearl was born Aug. 1, 1925 to Orson and Mary (Johnson) Fitchett in Newell. The family lived around the Newell area farming and later moved into town in 1939. Growing up she attended school in Newell.

On Nov. 2, 1944 she was united in marriage to John Marlatt in Newell. This union was blessed with six children: Mary, Carol, Murray, Terry, Roberta and Valerie. As a family they lived in Fonda, before moving south of Newell. After John passed away, Pearl moved into Newell, but continued and enjoyed going out to the farm to work.

Pearl was an active member of Nain Lutheran Church in Newell and served in different capacities at the Moose Lodge. Pearl enjoyed traveling, especially to Texas where she and John spent several winters. In her free time she liked to spend time outdoors, especially fishing, gardening, and camping. Pearl shared her talent of sewing by quilting for her grandchildren. She cherished spending time with her family and friends and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Those left to cherish in her memory include her children: Mary (Gene) Westbay of Newell; Carol (Marlowe) Timmer of Schaller; Murray (Lamoon) Marlatt of Newell; Terry (Lynn) Marlatt of Nevada; Roberta Wise and her fiancÚ Paul Lightfoot of Storm Lake; and Valerie (Michael) Deal of Pomeroy; seventeen grandchildren; thirty seven great-grandchildren; three great great-grandchildren; sisters: Fern Crowley of Lakeside; and Joyce Robbins of Alta; several nieces and nephews; extended family and many friends.

Pearl was preceded in death by her husband, John; parents, Orson and Mary Fitchett; brothers: Ivan and Leroy Fitchett; sisters: Doris Waterman; Ruth Arends; and Jean Banks; four brother-in-laws; two sister-in-laws; three grandchildren; and one great-grandson.