Pearl E. Hale

Posted Jan. 16, 2013, at 7:49 p.m.

CARIBOU – Pearl E. Hale, 92, wife of the late Arnold Hale, died Jan. 14, 2013, in Caribou. She was born Nov. 29, 1920, in Caribou, daughter of the late Herman and Grace (Todd) McNeal.

Mrs. Hale was a 1938 graduate of Caribou High School and was employed by the city of Caribou as Caribou’s welfare director for more than 25 years. She was an active member of Caribou United Baptist Church. After her retirement she and her husband moved to Richfield Springs, N.Y., where she was an active volunteer at the New York State Historical Association. While in New York, at age 72, Pearl completed a five-mile swim on Canadargo Lake, logged 100 miles at the Cooperstown gym, receiving the Presidential fitness award, and received a listing in the Guinness Book of World Records for a relay swim at Hamilton College. In 1995 she became a resident of Port St. Lucie, Fla., where she maintained her active lifestyle and was a member of First Baptist Church of Port St. Lucie. In 2006, she returned to Caribou to live with her daughter and family and more recently she was a resident of Caribou Gardens.

She is survived by her sons, David Hale of Palmer, Mass., and Philip Hale and his wife, Linda, of Herkimer, N.Y.; daughter, Janice St. Peter and her husband, Philip, of Caribou; three sisters, Winona Almand and Gloria Kurisko, both of Florida, and Pamela Leach of Oxbow; one brother, Claude McNeal of Indianapolis; grandchildren, Katherine, Clinton, Todd, Rebecca, Matthew, Jennifer, David, Chris, Keith, Kelly, Eric, Sarra, Philip Jr., Jessica and Stephen; 20 great-grandchildren, several cousins, nieces and nephews. Mrs. Hale was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, Arnold; sister, Marilyn McNeal; and brothers, Lloyd, Murry, G. Frasier, Ralph and Carol McNeal.

Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Friday at Mockler Funeral Home, 24 Reservoir St., Caribou. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Caribou United Baptist Church with Troy Heald and Mary Lou Brown officiating. After the service all are invited to a time of continued fellowship and refreshments at the church dining hall. Friends who wish to contribute in memory of Mrs. Hale may do so through the charity of one’s choice. www.mocklerfuneralhome.com

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