Pearl Shern

Ophelia Pearl Shern, 75 of Columbia, MO passed away July 11, 2010 at The Bluffs nursing home, after a battle with cancer.
She was born in rural Boone County, MO, October 16, 1934, to the late J.H. and Cleo Foley Rowland of Harrisburg, MO. There will be a Celebration of life and Memorial service held at 2:00 pm July 16, 2010 at Dripping Springs Church, 2701 West Dripping Springs Road, Columbia, MO. Everyone is invited to have fellowship, food and reminisce about the good times we all remember sharing with Pearl. 
Pearl ran a Beauty Salon in her home for several years. She volunteered at Columbia Senior Center working in the gift shop. She is a member of Red Rock United Methodist Church, but has attended Dripping Springs Church for many years. She loved the outdoors, was an avid reader and in earlier years loved cooking……especially home made dinner rolls…….yummm! We can smell them cooking now. After retirement, Pearl took painting classes and leaves several beautiful oil paintings, mostly outdoor scenes and horses, of course. She loved horseback riding, motorcycles and of all things semi-trucks and tractor pulls.  Pearl was married to Robert Leslie Shern and he preceded her in death. She later married to Donald Akins who also preceded her in death.  She is survived by four children, Robert Garland Shern and Farron Kyle Shern of Columbia, MO, Valerie Shern Kneppel of Eugene, OR and Leaslie Rashel Dawn Canole of Fulton MO ; two sisters Donna Dean Thornhill of Kimberling City, MO and Janice Kay Murray of Columbia, MO, one brother Terry Joe Rowland of Harrisburg, MO. Nine grandchildren, four great grandchildren, four step great grandchildren also survive her, and many nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by grandson, Kaleb Levi Shern.  Memorials may be given to Rock Red United Methodist Church, Dripping Springs Church and American Cancer Society.

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  1. marvin saunders on July 14, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    so sorry for your loss garland & family

  2. Sandra House on July 14, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Seeing that we have lost Pearl makes me very sad. I miss the good old days when we were children and our families were so very close. It felt more like extended family with Bob and Pearl being an extra Mom and Dad, and having 2 more brothers and 2 more sisters. My deepest sympathy for your loss.

  3. Jody Williams on July 14, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    We love and miss you Aunt Pearl!

  4. Rosa Dietiker on July 14, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Sorry for the loss of your mom. Your family will be in our prayers.

  5. Don & Gloria McCubbin on July 14, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Kay & Donna so sorry to hear about Pearls passing. Also to Garland, Valeria, Kyle & Leslie we are so sorry for your loss. Your sister & your Mother was a great loving & loyal friend to my Mom for many years.

  6. Bryan and Missy (Havens) Pemberton on July 14, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Bryan and I both have wonderful memories of growing up around your family and of Pearl. I remember going to pick up Grandma Havens with Grandpa on Saturday mornings after Pearl did her hair (faithfully every week). Pearl was a very sweet lady and will be missed by all who knew and loved her. We are thinking of you all.

  7. Henry and Jeannine Perkins on July 14, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Words can never express our love for Pearlie. She was one of a kind. Loving Mother, Grandmother and FRIEND. We will miss her greatly. Our prayers are with each of you. She will always be with in your memories, heart and spirit.

  8. Marilyn Wheeler Hudnell on July 15, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Pearl is no longer suffering and I feel sure that she is now in a happy, fun place. You will always be grateful for her and her influence in your lives as will all those about her. You each are a living memory of Pearl and her life here. God Bless each of you with healing from your pain.

  9. Jacki Davidson on July 15, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Kay…thinking of you & your family.

  10. Lisa (Akins) Hardin on July 15, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Garland,Valerie,Kyle,Leaslie and all – I’m so sorry about your momgrandma. I choose to remember “the good ’ol days” when all the families gathered for a fish fry or whatever and just shared in the fun. There will ALWAYS be a special place in my heart for all of you.

  11. Kevin & Tammy Kormeier on July 15, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Kyle, Ginger & Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Kevin & Tammy Kormeier

  12. Kevin & Tammy Kormeier on July 15, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Kyle, Ginger & Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Kevin & Tammy Kormeier

  13. Cathy Richards on July 15, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    My mother dearly loved Pearl. I’ve known Pearl for a long time too and appreciate the friendship she gave my mother and the kind words she always shared about her family.

  14. Diane Worstell-Martin on July 15, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Garland,Valerie,Kyle and Leslie. So Sorry for your loss. Like so many others I love to remember the good times we had as kids, when our families got together. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers. Love ya all.

  15. Bill & Kathy Spry on July 16, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Our hearts ache for all of you.No words will help, but what wonderful memories we have of such a wonderful lady! We truly will miss her.

  16. Lana BrooksKonnie Brooks on July 16, 2010 at 9:48 am

    We are so sorry for your loss…the memories we have of Pearl are ones we will cherish forever. Pearl was a great lady with a contagious smile and laugh. You each are in our thoughts and prayers.

  17. Teri Frazier Roberts on July 16, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Garland, Valerie, Kyle and Leslie: I have so many fond memories of your Mom. Can’t think of my childhood without thinking of Pearl. She will be missed by many. I will always remember that vibrant smile and laugh of hers! I am so sorry for your loss.

  18. Leigh Erion on July 18, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    She will be so missed. I am so sorry for your loss. I will remember the happy times I had sitting with her in the hospital and her house after Kaleb passed away. My prayers are with you.

  19. Jenn and Matt Myles on July 19, 2010 at 6:44 am

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss and are in our prayers.

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