Pearl Andrus Smith Bennett, 80, passed away March 20, 1998 at her home in Cedar City, Utah.
Pearl was born on May 2, 1917 to Alexander B. Andrus and Rosilla Brooks in St. George, Utah. She married Chester J. Smith and they were later divorced. Pearl then married Joseph L. Bennett on May 19, 1946 in St. George, Utah. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph, two brothers, and one son, Kelly Bennett.Pearl grew up in St. George along with her twin sister, Mary Andrus Leigh. They were never far apart. She was educated in St. George schools and participated in Dixie beauty parades. Pearl worked at the Mount Rainier Ordinance Depot in Tacoma, Washington during World War II. She also worked at Fenton's Drug Store in St. George. Pearl retired from J.C. Penney where she worked for many years and made hundreds of friends. Pearl was active in the LDS church serving in the Primary, MIA, and Relief Society. Pearl was so proud of her heritage and the fact that her family was among some of the original settlers of Utah's Dixie. Pearl considered her family her greatest accomplishment.
Pearl is survived by her children, Barbara (Dutch) VanBurkleo of Canoga Park, CA, Mary (Keith) Jones of Veyo, UT, Jane (Roger) Halladay of Cedar City, UT, Karolyn (Clarence) Hawkins of Ogden, UT, Todd (Ann) Bennett of Payson, UT; daughter-in-law, Diane Bennett; one brother, George Andrus of Burbank, California; three sisters, Reva Beard of Enterprise, UT, Mary Leigh (twin) and Dawn Hunter, both of Cedar City; 17 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and four great great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 24, 1998 at the LDS 8th Ward building. Friends may call Monday evening from 6-8 p.m. and Tuesday morning from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Southern Utah Mortuary. Internment will be held at the Cedar City Cemetery.
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