Pearl Rannveig Eyford
14 September , 1921 – 10 July , 2019
Rest peacefully Auntie. Gotha Nott Elskan.
Surrounded by family, Pearl passed away peacefully at the age of 97. She was looking forward to reuniting with the family members and friends who pre-deceased her. She will be greatly missed by numerous nieces, nephews and friends whom she loved dearly.
Pearl lived life to the fullest, cultivating meaningful relationships with family and lifelong friends. She was very engaged in all aspects of life: through her career in the insurance industry, as a member of the First Lutheran church, in her volunteer work, and through her passion for music and decades spent teaching piano. Pearl has left her family a wonderful autobiography she published in 1994. She travelled the world but had a special connection to Iceland which she visited 8 times. She dedicated herself to learning the language and connecting her family here with their Icelandic relatives. Pearl loved a good party to celebrate special occasions. She was adventurous and loved being active such as white water rafting in Juneau, Alaska for the first time at the age of 75 and golfing weekly until 80 years old. She was an avid Blue Bombers fan.
Pearl believed in supporting others; looking after her sister Thelma, providing rides to people, actively contributing to the Music Teachers Association and activities at Betelstadur, where she lived for over a decade.
Pearl was often heard saying, “Getting old is not for sissies.” She demonstrated her resilience when addressing several health issues throughout her life. This included tuberculosis early in life, cancer, a stroke, the loss of her sight, and managing the chronic pain of fibromyalgia. As her health declined, Pearl transitioned to the Lion’s Manor PCH with acceptance, grace, appreciation and humor. Her family wish to thank the staff for the excellent care she received. It was evident how much each of them valued her. Pearl appreciated and enjoyed the many visits she received from family and friends. A special thank you to her friends Carol and Karen who supported Donna and Thelma in providing care to Pearl.
- Celebration of Life Tuesday, 23 July , 2019
Pearl Rannveig Eyford
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22 July 2019
I became friends with Pearl through her close friend and my mum, Gwen Storey. We three, with Carol Perry, shared many meals and lots of laughs. Pearl and Gwen worked happily together on many projects at the Betlestadur complex, particularly organizing the group suppers. I came to Winnipeg in 2015 to help my mum celebrate what turned out to be her last birthday - mum hadn't been able to go out much but the trip she most wanted to make was to see Pearl - and they had a lovely visit.
Pearl's favourite sport was golfing - and I could always make her laugh when I described my own golfing (mis) adventures. I'll think of Pearl often, but always when my ball hits yet another tree (or maybe she'll help keep that from happening).
20 July 2019
I have a lifetime of memories with my Aunt Pearl that I will always cherish. You will always be remembered as an integral part of the Breckman and Busby families. You will now be reunited with Aunty Thelma, and Aunty Marg, Amma (Bina), and mom (Norma) and all those in our families who have gone before you. I can hear the roar of laughter already, and the chorus of song with the sweet sounds of your gift on the piano.
You will be missed Aunty Pearl, but your love and your memory will live on in each of us. Peace be with you xo
Dawn Busby and Steve Venner
14 July 2019
I spent many years in the Winnipeg Toastmistress Club with Pearl and learned a lot from her. She was a mentor and friend.
In 1974, I shared a memorable trip to Hawaii with Pearl and other members of the Winnipeg Toastmistress Club. Here's a photo showing Pearl on the left and I am on the right.
Rest in peace, dear Pearl.
13 July 2019
Always remember how well you played the organ. So talented
Rest In Peace 🌹
13 July 2019
I love you Aunt Pearl! Thanks for being a wonderful role model. I will miss you.