OBITUARY

Pearl Belle McKellar

December 30, 1940March 2, 2019
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Pearl Belle McKellar (Monroe) 1940-2019

Pearl Belle McKellar (Monroe),age 78 of Twin Lake, passed away peacefully at the loving and caring Leila & Cyrus Poppen Hospice Residence after a short and very courageous battle with cancer. She was the beloved wife of Richard Ernest McKellar who cared for her faithfully while holding her hand until the moment she was received into Gods glory on Saturday morning March 2, 2019. The journey had been difficult, but God is true and faithful to his promises. Although it brings great sorrow for those of us here on earth to be left without her constant nurturing love and faithful guidance, we can find comfort knowing her body is finally at pain free rest and rejoice that her soul is now at peace basking in the loving presence of her precious Lord and Savior.

Pearl was born December 30, 1940, in Hart, Michigan, the daughter of George Edward Monroe and Thelma Mae Monroe (Gilbert). Her parents were also fervent servants for the Lord while diligently teaching their children the message of God and were faithful members of Evanston Avenue Baptist Church. Pearl graduated from Muskegon High School with the class of 1959. She worked as a Nursing Assistant for over 17 years at the Regional Center in Muskegon for the State of Michigan. Pearl and Richard were members of Calvary Baptist Church for many years, where she served as a Deaconess. She found joy in every opportunity to serve Jesus while serving others, and will be remembered as a bright, shining light in the various communities and churches she served. Pearl loved life, loved to travel, and looked forward to spending every moment possible with her family and friends. She had many talents and was extremely gifted in a wide array of crafting skills. She especially loved quilting and sewing, and every opportunity she was given to share her knowledge with those who desired to learn. She shared Tuesday nights sewing with many of the ladies at the church she most currently attended, River of Life Fellowship Church,Twin Lake. She also looked forward to her annual quilting retreats where much laughter and love was shared. The most recent group of friends being named as "The Basement Quilters".

Pearl was preceded in death by her parents, and by her brothers William Monroe, Ralph Monroe, and Richard Monroe. She is survived by her husband of 49 yrs., Richard E. McKellar; children, Julie (Wayne) Jensen, Richard L. (Pat) McKellar, Linda (Greg) Neiser, Bob (Lisa) McKellar, MaryAnn (Bill) Thornberry, Scott (Kathy) McKellar, Michelle (Larry) Dyer; 14 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; brothers and sisters in laws, Merlin (Marlene) Monroe, Charles (Darlene) Monroe, George Jr. (Lois) Monroe, Josette Monroe, Anneliese Monroe, Kathy Monroe, Loretta (Frank) Carroll; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 7 at 11 a.m. in the Ever Rest Funeral Home Chapel, 1783 E. Keating Ave., Muskegon MI, with Pastor Don Benedict officiating. Open visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service. Following the service please also join us for a luncheon served at the River Of Life Fellowship Church, 4860 Holton Rd., Twin Lake MI. Open visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 6, from 6 pm- 8 pm at the Ever Rest Chapel.

Memorial contributions can be made in Pearls name to The Leila & Cyrus Poppen Hospice Residence, 2065 E. Mt. Garfield Rd., Muskegon MI. The family is deeply grateful for the outpouring of love, prayers, and support in so many heart-felt forms that came from too many people to name individually. Please visit www.everestfuneralhomeandchapel.com to leave a message or memory for the McKellar family.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, March 6, 2019
  • Visitation Thursday, March 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 7, 2019
  • Luncheon Thursday, March 7, 2019
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Pearl Belle McKellar

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Michelle "Shelly" Dyer (McKellar)

March 8, 2019

Feeling so very blessed and thankful for the support and sympathy shown throughout by so many in so many heartfelt ways and hearing all the stories people shared of how mom touched their lives in such special ways as well. The picture slide show is now avail to view on the obituary page there is a link under her picture that says Play Tribute Movie. Much Love to you ALL!

Michelle "Shelly" Dyer (McKellar)

March 8, 2019

The funeral service for mom was absolutely wonderful. Pastor Don Benedict officiated, moms brother Uncle Chuck shared lovingly about Moms upbringing and shared of her life from birth to her passing, my brother Bob also shared precious words about mom on behalf of our family, and my dads Uncle Dave finished it up with one of the most amazing revivals I have ever been a part of...a very uplifting calling for all to rejoice and celebrate the life of mom and the celebration each and everyone of us will have if we come to know Jesus as our Savior. He is 86 yrs old and for a moment he had both feet off the ground as he called everyone to know, accept, and spread the good news!!! Hallelujah! The funeral home was FULL...such a blessing! The luncheon at the church that was prepared with loving hands and served so sweetly by many of her friends was wonderful, and such a good turn out for that as well. For the service her bed quilt she made was placed on her casket with one corner draping down the front toward the floor while another corner draped over into the casket and was tucked under her folded hands. On top of the quilt on the casket was a large spray full of, her favorite, red roses and baby's breath. Two other quilts were also placed on either side of her and they cascaded down from a tall plant stand then draped down over a quilt rack and hung over beautifully to the floor. Red roses and red carnations filled the vases on top of the tall plant stands above those quilts. So many beautiful plants and flowers sent by loved ones were placed all around the chapel to bring comfort and beauty as well...so lovely! The two songs mom chose to share were How Great Thou Art by George Beverly Shea and I Can Only Imagine by Mercy Me. Along with a beautiful slide show that played there were 3 picture boards full to share precious memories!

Sherry Sisco

March 6, 2019

I am Pearl's cousin on the Gilbert side. My mom was Ruth Gilbert Nelson, sister to Thelma. Although I don't remember Pearl very well from childhood days we had gotten reacquainted a bit on facebook over the last few years. She was a warrior for Jesus. I am sorry for your loss. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. It isn't easy to lose a loved one but knowing they believe in Jesus and have gone on to their heavenly home with no more pain and sorrow and a new body gives us peace and reassurance there is a better life on the other side. Something the pastor said at my dad's funeral that I will never forget, "if you believe in Jesus and have accepted him as your Lord and savior this isn't good-bye it is simply see you later". May God bless you all and give you comfort during this time.
Sherry and Steve Sisco and family

Ray & Barb (Nelson) Millis

March 5, 2019

I'm also a cousin on Aunt Thelma's side of the family, my Mom, Ruth Nelson is Thelma's youngest sister. We are so sorry for your loss of Pearl,may God hold you tight in his loving arms through this difficult time & may Pearl fly high with the Angels & RIP. Love to you all

Ted & Lorraine (Miller) Hall

March 5, 2019

I (Lorraine) am Pearls cousin on Aunt Thelma's side.
My husband (Ted) & I send our condolence to Pearl's family. Thankful to God that she is free of pain & in peace now.
We live in Florida now so will not be able to attend her services but wanted you all to know that we are thinking & praying
for all of you.

Melissa Jonio (Millis)

March 5, 2019

Sending my deepest condolences to the family ❤️🙏🏼

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