Pearl Lurz, age 99, of Wall, S.D., died Friday, December 28, 2012, at the Philip Nursing Home.
Pearl Carol (Williams) Lurz was born July 9, 1913, on a ranch near Belvidere, the daughter of Frank and Hazel (Percy) Williams. She grew up on a ranch north of Wall in her grandparents’ home, Al and Polly Percy. She attended country school and later attended high school with her sister Muril in Wall.
Pearl and Carl Lurz were married November 15, 1931, and made their home near Wall. One son, Gordon Neal, was born to this union. They lived east of Wall before moving to the Rotter place north of Wall.
In 1943, they moved to the Hall ranch near Cottonwood and in 1947 they purchased a ranch six miles southeast of Owanka. After Carl died in 1981, Pearl moved to Wall and in 2009 she moved to the Silverleaf Assisted Living in Philip and later into the Philip Nursing Home.
Pearl was known for fancy dolls and beautiful Santas that she made. She was a member of the Methodist Church, Baseline Extension Club and the Royal Neighbors.
Survivors include her son, Gordon Neal Lurz and his wife, Peggy, of Wall; four grandchildren, Gordon Kent Lurz (Kelly) of Wall, Kenneth Lurz (Janet) of Wall, Eugene Lurz of New Town, N.D., and Rhonda Galliger (Steven) of Hartford; 10 great-grandchildren, Jessica (Michael) Kroells, Megan (Adam) Rislov, Dustin (Carrie) Lurz, Kendra (Jason) Swaney, Kannan Lurz, Daphne (Jerry) Bennett, Clinton Lurz, Brady Pinney, Michael Galliger and Samantha Galliger; 12 great-great-grandchildren, Aaden, McKenna, and Brady Kroells, Harper and Tayton Rislov, Cylver, Copper, Dymond and Christopher Lurz, Alexa and Caden Swaney and Jacqueline Bennett; one brother, Percy “Bud” Williams of Philip; one sister, Loy Kellem of Summerset; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Pearl was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Lurz; her parents; a great-grandson, Christopher Lurz; three brothers, Milo, Dale and Lynn Williams; and one sister, Muril Renner-Parkin.
Services were held Wednesday, January 2, at the United Methodist Church in Wall, with Pastor Darwin Kopfmann officiating.
Interment was at the Wall Cemetery.
A memorial has been established.
Her online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome. com