Pearl Marie Harrell Burkett, longtime resident of Campbellton, passed away Monday evening, February 17, 2020, at her residence, at the age of 92 years, 5 months and 17 days.
Pearl was born August 31, 1927, in Dewees, Wilson County, the daughter of Lon Harrell and Annie Hollub Harrell. After attending Camp Ranch school, Pearl married the love of her life, Garnet Dibrell “Dib” Burkett on November 26, 1949, in San Antonio. Dib, Pearl’s husband of 54 years, preceded her on January 31, 2004. Pearl lovingly cared for their daughter, Debra, who had special needs and was not expected to live past the age of four years old. With Pearl’s devoted nurturing of Debbie, she went on to live for 36 years. Even with the loving care of Debbie, Rhonda and Tammye always received the same love and attention. Pearl was lovingly known as MawMaw to her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who all loved coming to see her in the country. Pearl was a country girl at heart. She loved getting back to her country roots and raising cattle and loving her many pets. Pearl was a member of Jehovah’s Witnesses Congregation in Pleasanton.
Pearl is survived by her daughters, Rhonda Althaus and husband Travis of San Antonio and Tammye Mitchell of Campbellton; her grandchildren, Annie Althaus of New Braunfels, Lacey Munk (Kevin) of San Antonio, Aaron Burkett Althaus (Kaitlynn) of San Antonio, Tiffany Ramaekers (Jim) of Highland Ranch, CO, and Joshua Cole Mitchell (Krissy) of San Antonio; and her great-grandchildren, Addison, Hunter, Ryder, Brooklynn, Jaxon, Riley Pearl, Kinsleigh, Olivia, Everleigh, and Emma. Pearl was preceded in death by her parents, Lon & Annie Harrell; her husband, Dib Burkett; her daughter, Debra Yvonne Burkett; and her siblings, Mack Harrell, Ben Harrell, Charles “Buddy” Harrell, Lucy Lowe, Laura Mae Mills, Emma Bea Mills, Addie Lea Wahl, Annie Bockman, Dorothy Deskin, Lillian Deskin, and Ruby Krawietz.
Visitation for Pearl was held from 5-7 p.m. Friday, February 21, at Vinyard Funeral Home Chapel in Floresville. Graveside funeral services began at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 22, at Floresville City Cemetery.