CENTERBURG — Mabel Pearl Barber, 91, of Centerburg, passed away Jan. 5, 2012, at Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon.
Pearl was born Aug. 27, 1920, to Goff and Flossie (Rutherford) Corbin in Fairmont, W.Va. She lived there with her parents and three siblings until the family migrated to Morrow County in 1937, where Pearl graduated from Elm Valley High School. She met and married Richard Sears Sr. and they had eight children. She later married Carl “Peanut” Barber and they had one son.
Pearl is survived by her children, Wanda Jean (James) Chandler of Mount Vernon, Richard (Carolyn) Sears Jr. of Marengo, Kenneth (Ellen) Sears of Northridge, Calif., David (Carol) Sears of Columbus, Sharon (Richard) Reese of Newark, Gary Rummel of Mount Vernon, Carl (Patricia) Barber of Fort Worth, Texas; daughter-in-law, Edna Sears, James (Elaine) Martin of Westlake; and brother, Ben (Peggy) Corbin of La Combe, La. She is also survived by 24 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; as well as many friends and good neighbors, Dave and Ruth Nunes of Centerburg.
Pearl was preceded in death by her husband, Carl “Peanut” Barber; sisters, Ester and Genevive Corbin; daughters, Lois Martin and (infant) Carol Ann Barber; and son, Norman Sears.
Pearl’s interests were many and over the years they ranged from gardening, embroidery, squirrel hunting to cake decorating; and she was an avid reader. But no matter how busy, she was always a devoted and loving mother and grandmother. She was also a staunch Democrat and loved calling in on Dave Bevington’s “Call in Program” on WMVO radio to debate their opposing views on politics. But with each encounter, they both would agree to disagree and would part “as friends.” For Pearl’s 90th birthday celebration in 2010, she was thrilled when Mr. Bevington made a surprise visit to her home to see her.
Pearl was known for her generosity so it was no surprise for the family to learn many years ago that she would be donating her body at the time of her death to The Ohio State University for medical education. A memorial service will be held when her ashes are returned to the family later this year. Information regarding this will be announced on Pearl’s Memorial Page on Facebook.
Condolences can be made on Facebook or sent to the family at 6113 S. Bloomfield Township Road 21, Marengo, OH 43334 in c/o Richard Sears Jr. In lieu of flowers, several family members are participating in “Columbus Flight for Air Climb” on Jan. 28. Memorial contributions can be made to Ohio American Lung Association, 1950 Arlingate Lane, Columbus, OH 43228. Please write “In Memory of (Mable) Pearl Barber.”
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