March 20, 1945 - March 12, 2019
Burial Date: March 18, 2019
Funeral Home Rose-Neath Bossier City
Cemetery Strong Cemetery
Church Bellaire Baptist Church
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Bellaire Baptist Church in Bossier City on Sunday, March 17, 2019. The service will begin at 2 p.m. Interment will be at 11 a.m. at Strong Cemetery in Shelbyville, TX on Monday, March 18, 2019.
Minnie LaPearl Dean Jefferson was born March 20, 1945 and passed from this life on March 12, 2019, one week shy of her 74th birthday. Pearl was born at the family home in Shelby County, Texas to Emmitt Ambrose and Ima Estell (Cummings) Dean. As the baby of the family she was loved and spoiled by her older siblings, Lois, JE and Clint.
Pearl attended Strong School and graduated from Joaquin High School. 1963 was a big year for Pearl as she turned 18, married, graduated from high school and flew to Spain to join her new husband, Garry Jefferson. Pearl had never been out of the state of Texas, but happily took on the challenge of flying across the ocean to a new country all by herself! Garry and Pearl spent 2 years in Seville, Spain before returning to Bergstrom Air Force Base in Austin, Texas. In 1965 their daughter Lori Lynn was born. She was followed by brothers Michael Jason in 1973 and Garry Keith in 1974.
As an Air Force wife, Pearl lived in Spain, Texas, Louisiana, Germany and Montana. Moving every few years was not a chore for Pearl. One of her first tasks in a new house was the hanging of curtains in the windows. Pearl could not bear the sight of windows covered with a sheet or blanket and always believed a house became a home when the new curtains went up. In fact, as an accomplished seamstress, each house quickly had tailor-made brand new curtains for the windows.
Air Force retirement brought the family back to Bossier City, Louisiana in 1980 and Pearl would remain in her adopted hometown until her passing. During this time Pearl worked as an administrative assistant in the Housing Office at Barksdale Air Force Base. She was a civilian employee for the Department of Defense for 28 years. Pearl very much enjoyed her job at the Housing Office as it allowed her meet and greet most of the incoming personnel to the base. From brand new Airmen to seasoned Colonels, everyone enjoyed and appreciated Miss Pearl’s welcoming smile and helpful attitude. Near and dear to Pearl’s heart were the young families arriving at Barksdale. Miss Pearl was known to frequent garage sales and flea markets to keep a stock of high chairs, bassinets and cribs for those young families just starting out. She wanted to make sure each family had all they needed for their little ones. After many years of dedicated service, Pearl retired from Civil Service in 2008.
Pearl’s greatest joy and accomplishment in life was her children and grandchildren. She loved them deeply and they knew she would do anything for them. Pearl often remarked that she loved her children, but being a grandmother was the best! She adored her grandchildren, Steven and Jonathan Miklos, and Logan and Morgan Jefferson.
Pearl was a long time member of Bellaire Baptist Church and was active in the Encouragers Sunday School Class. Pearl loved Jesus and knew when she left her Earthly home she was joining her Lord in heaven.
Left to cherish her memory are her sister Lois Weeks of Houston, Texas; daughter and son-in-law, Lori and Quint Miklos and sons Steven and Jonathan of Rapid City, South Dakota; son, Michael Jason Jefferson of Bossier City, Louisiana; son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Jill Jefferson and their children Logan and Morgan of Center, Texas. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews who loved her very much.