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PALMYRA – Elmer A. Pearl, 77, died July 13, 2012, at his home after a long illness. He was born Dec. 25, 1934, in Detroit, son of Ralph M. and Viola (Basford) Pearl.

Elmer was a graduate of Newport High School, class of 1953. Elmer served his country as a U.S. Army, Korean War veteran, serving for 14 months in Korea. He was honorably discharged after eight years of service. After his discharge from the Army he married Patricia A. Carter, July 2, 1960, in Carmel. They recently celebrated 52 years of marriage. Elmer was employed for United Parcel Service as the automotive manager for the state of Maine. Elmer and Patricia owned and operated The Village Store, Plymouth, for more than 13 years. He was a former 50-plus year member and past master of Sebasticook Grange, Newport, a member of Meridian Splendor Masonic Lodge, Newport, a member of Anah Shrine and a former member of Highlanders of Anah Shrine, Bangor.

Elmer is survived by his wife of 52 years, Patricia A. Carter Pearl of Palmyra; his daughter, Cindy and her husband, Joseph Valley of Holden and their children, Sam and special friend, Theresa, Brody, Claire and Gabe; son, Ralph and his wife, Carol, of Plymouth and their children, Sean and wife, Jessica, Ralph Jr. and significant other, Amanda, Regina and special friend, Brendan, Ethan, and great-granddaughter, Natalee; son, Jay and wife, Darcy, of Newport and their son, Carter; his mother-in-law, Ruth Carter of Bangor; many special nieces, nephews and in-laws. He was predeceased by his parents; and two sisters, Marion Wilber and Marjorie Simpson. The Pearl family thanks Hospice of Eastern Maine and Dr. John Baker for their wonderful care.

Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 18, at Sawyer Cemetery, Plymouth, with Pastor Al Worden officiating. In lieu of flowers, friends who wish may make memorial donations to Shrine Children’s Hospital, care of Anah Shrine, 586 Main St., Bangor, ME 04401. Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Service Center, 34 High St., Newport. To sign an online guest book and leave written condolences, please visit:

“To laugh often and much: To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson,


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