Pearl June Paterson

June 14, 1930May 9, 2018
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Pearl June Paterson departed this world at the age of 87 on May 9, 2018. We know she is happily roaming new forests, fields, beaches, and gardens with the sun on her shoulders, a song in her heart and much yet to explore.

The fourth daughter of Hugh and Mary Heyes, she was born in the small town of Comox which lies in the shadow of a spectacular glacier on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. She was immensely proud of her Canadian heritage and her English ancestors who pioneered the area.

With Hugh's passing, the family moved to the capital city of Victoria where school-aged Pearl and her siblings enjoyed singing together as The Heyes Sisters on a weekly radio program. Her love of song and the vast catalogue of musical material that began to fill her soul would define how we all remember her.

Pearl attended Victoria Secondary School until it became necessary to join the work force. At sixteen years-old and newly waitressing at Bennett's Café, Pearl spilled coffee on a handsome well-dressed customer who actually didn't seem to mind much--he ended up asking her to be his bride! Leslie and Pearl Paterson immigrated to America settling in Seattle, WA first and eventually Spring Valley, CA. Together they raised three girls and three boys.

When not making endless pancakes and tacos for a hungry brood or washing, hanging, and ironing a mountain of kids clothing, she managed to attend night school and earn her high school GED. She also carved out time for gardening, playing the organ, team bowling and crafts. With a life-long thirst for knowledge, her real passion though became archaeology. She volunteered at the historic Bancroft House adobe and at the San Diego Presidio in Old Town where she was named foreman of the San Diego State College archaeological team excavating the cemetery. Down in the pits she unearthed and catalogued bones, buttons, bottle and pottery fragment and more.

In later years, she and Les enjoyed gold mining together in California and British Columbia, rock polishing and jewelry making. After Les' passing, she became a voracious reader (sometimes two books a week), and loved dancing to the Lawrence Welk Show.

She sang most everyday of her life, sometimes lovely ballads but mostly those wacky hits from the forties and fifties like "Yes, We Have No Bananas", "Mairzy Doats", "My Two Front Teeth" and her favorite, "High Hopes" (about the ant who moves the rubber tree plant). Even in life's closing chapter, she continued to charm us singing funny ditties to punctuate whatever topic of conversation was happening at the time.

Pearl is survived by five children, twenty grandchildren, thirty great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, a younger sister and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

The family thanks the amazing, kind and supportive staff at County Hills Health Care and the Vitas Hospice team.

A celebration of Pearl's life will be held Sunday August 19 from noon to 3 pm at the home of Sal & Adele Gurrola at Rancho Mesa Mobile Home Park, 450 E. Bradley Ave, Space 155, El Cajon, CA 92021.


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Pearl June Paterson

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Tonya Sutton-Sapp

August 14, 2018

Grandma was always one to get me and my sister into doing different crafts when we would come over. But one memory that always sticks out is the big family get togethers at their house. All of us kids running around the big yard or climbing trees. But outside of the short visit I made to California in January of 2017 my last memory of being with my Grandma was my wedding in 2000. I have a few pictures from that day with Grandma but this is my favorite with all my Grandparents. I am going to miss you Grandma but I know you are now in a better place and with my Mom again.

Sharon samson

July 30, 2018

here is a picture of that 1963 trip to California. Here we all are arriving at Disneyland!

Sharon samson

July 18, 2018

Auntie Pearl was one of my favourite aunts. I remember her as being a kind person, soft spoken, and truly interested in how things were going in your life. My earliest memory of her was when we visited them for a few days when they lived in Seattle. I was 3 at the time and remember having a 3 yr old's tantrum while walking across a bridge because my chocolate melted! Both her and my mother placated me by telling me they can fix it just so i'd continue on my way home. in my mind, i wasn't going anywhere until someone did something about the chocolate! haha In 1963 i remember our family driving to California for another visit and i am amazed that they we all managed to have a bed! We must have driven all the adults nuts!

When their family was all grown up and they used to venture up to Canada, they always made a point of coming to visit me and my family. She would play with my kids and read to them. The girls loved it when they visited. Pearl and Les were there when we announced our second child was on the way and they were truly delighted for us. We also spent a special Father's Day with them when they were here one year. It was always a pleasure to spend time with them. I wish we could have seen them more often. She will be truly missed by all who knew her.

If any of you ever make it to Canada, their little old house they grew up in is still there. It is in one of the photos on this website. The owners of the property have decided to keep the house and barn there and are making repairs. We took mom there for her 80th birthday and she had lots of stories about growing up there. Even though life was difficult for them, all those Hayes girls loved each other and had plenty of fun together. My mom loved her baby sister dearly!