Pearl Louise Trump, 87, of La Grande and formerly of Elgin, died March 31 at a local care home. A funeral service is planned for 11 a.m. Thursday at the Elgin Seventh-day Adventist Church, followed by burial at the Elgin Cemetery. Viewing will be available from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande.
Pearl was born March 25, 1920, to Allie Mable (Norton) and Herbert Jack Fisher in Wallowa. She followed two sets of twin girls. She grew up in southeastern Washington and attended high school in Creston, Wash.
On Sept. 12, 1938, she married Ray William Trump in a double ceremony with her sister Eveline and Ray’s brother Ermal in College Place, Wash. They had been married 67 years at the time of his death in March 2006.
Pearl and Ray’s early life took them to Pondosa, where Ray worked in the woods. They moved to Elgin in the 1940s and to their home on North 10th in 195l. She was a volunteer “Sky Watch” member and spent many hours in the field watching for any war planes that might invade the United States.
Pearl was one of the first members of the Elgin Seventh-day Adventist Church. She was the president of Dorcas, an active ladies’ organization for many years. She attended weekly even after moving to La Grande with the assistance of her son Robert.
Pearl was a longtime bookkeeper for the Union County Grain Growers. She also worked as a waitress and a farm girl. She built up a booming Shaklee business and won an all-expense paid trip to San Francisco. Later she was the full-time caregiver for her husband.
She loved to watch her children and grandchildren open presents on Christmas morning.
Pearl loved animals. She had many little dogs. She had a horse named “Blackie” that she rode every elk hunting season for many years. She enjoyed reading her Bible, working in her garden, sunbathing and ordering “treasures” from various catalogs.
Survivors include her children and their spouses, Dennis Trump of Tucson, Ariz., Robert and Mary Trump of Elgin, Terral and Jack Schut of La Grande and Tamara Robinson-O’Leary of Warrenton; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; siblings, Della Divers, Dilla Stephens, Eveline Suslick, Pauline Gossage and Jim Hall; and daughter-in-law, Sue Trump.
Memorials may be made to the Elgin Seventh-day Adventist Church fund for underground sprinklers in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.
The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending April 7, 2007 Published: April 7, 2007