Pearle C. Higman, 90, of Akorn, went to join her Lord on April 16, 2005, at her home in Akron.
Pearle Claire Jorgensen Hansen Higman was born Dec. 22, 1914, on a farm near Viborg, S.D., in Turner County, the daughter of Christian and Mathida (Hansen) Jorgensen. She was their fifth child. Baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith at Viborg, she was only two years old when her mother died during childbirth. Pearle's great-aunt Mary and her husband, Ferdinand Hansen, raised her in a loving and happy family atmosphere along with their three daughters, Winifred, Martha and Stella.
Attending school at Wakonda, S.D., she graduated in 1932 from high school. She took nurses training and received her R.N. license from Methodist Hospital in Sioux City in 1936. The 13 graduating nurses formed lifetime friendships. Pearle practiced nursing for six years, primarily in Sioux City and the surrounding area. However, she did travel to Oregon for six months along with two fellow nurses and worked in the Oregon area in 1939.
On Aug. 24, 1940, Pearle became the wife of Harold Clute Higman, the son of Mark and Mabel (Austin) Higman. The ceremony took place in Kirksville, Mo. They were married for 64 1/2 years. The couple lived near Westfield on Hwy. 12 for 17 years, and in 1959 moved to their current home 1/2 mile south of Akron where they farmed and managed a gravel mining business.
Pearl and Harold raised three children: Harold Clute Jr. born in 1944, David Paul born in 1949 and Marianne Illene born in 1951. Besides helping her husband with his business and running the household, Pearle enjoyed the following clubs throughout her life: Home Culture Club, P.E.O, and W.E.L.C.A. at Immanuel Lutheran Church where the family are members.
Pearl was a loving, honest, gentle wife and mother. She never raised her voice or displayed anger towards anyone, but showed the utmost thoughtfulness and kindness toward others. She lived her life in a quiet, peacful way, intent on not making any enemies. She was a gentle, kind soul. Her hobbies were raising ducks and geese, growing flowers, tending her garden and she was an avid book reader throughout her entire life. Pearle also loved to embroider, cross-stitch, sew, and cook for her family.
Her last 15 years were a constant battle against ovarian cancer, heart problems and other miscellaneous health problems. She was, however, a fighter and proved her tenacity for living. Because she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord, assuredly her spirit is now at rest with Him. She will be missed and always her memory will live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved her. God bless you Mom!
Survivors include her husband, Harold of Akron; her three children, Harold Higman Jr. and his wife, Sue, of Akron, David Higman of McCook Lake, S.D., and Marianne Siefer and her husband, John, of Sioux Falls, S.D.; seven grandchildren, Justin Higman, Jerad Higman, Joel Higman, Hallie Higman, Tyler Higman, Jeremy Siefer and Joshua Siefer; and three great-grandchildren, Conor Guiltinan, Jayden Higman and Ava Higman.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, E.L.C.A., in Akron, with the Rev. Glenn Lundahl officiating. Burial will follow in the Riverside Cemetery at Akron. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m., all at the Carlsen Funeral Home-Schroeder Chapel in Akron. Condolences may be sent to the family at Internet address www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.
Pallbearers will be Tyler Higman, Josh Siefer, Jeremy Siefer, Joel Higman, Jared HIgman and Justin Higman.
Memorials can be made in Pearle's name to Hospice of Siouxland, 224 Fourth St., Sioux City, Ia. 51101.