October 23, 1918 ~ April 14, 2020

Born in: Rochester, NY
Resided in: Greece, NY

Pearl L. Mathis

Greece:  Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at age 101 peacefully in her sleep.  Pearl was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend.  She is predeceased by her husband of 65 years, Herbert.  Pearl is survived by her loving children; son, William (Charleen) Mathis; daughters, Gail Dodd, Carol (Charles) Kalmbacher;4 wonderful grandchildren, Kristi (Damon) White, Kira (John) Dodd, Kristin (Michael) Munski, Michael (Shay) Mathis;5 great-grandchildren, Phoebe, Jack and Ella Morshead, Keegan and Myla Munski; nieces, nephews, many dear friends especially Deborah Wright.

The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to Nurse Katie at Edna Tina Wilson Living Center for her loving care and compassion to Pearl.  Pearl enjoyed the outdoors, bird watching and loved to garden.  She was an avid sports fan.  Her greatest love was her family and friends.

Pearl’s private interment was held in Falls Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to John Knox Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund 3232 West Ridge Road Rochester, NY 14626. For more information and to sign her online guestbook, visit

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Pearl L. Mathis 's name.

John Knox Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund

3232 West Ridge Rd, Rochester, NY 14626

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  1. Pearl was the best grandmother any kid could of asked for. I love her and will miss her terribly. I will never forget how she made me “red hots” and “tunapitch” anytime I asked. Say hi to grandpa. RIP Grams until we meet again.

  2. It was an honor to have known Pearl. We will always cherish her visit to our home. She had such a spirit and sense of humor. We know how much she will be missed.

  3. Mom. You were the Best mom ever. I have so many wonderful memories to cherish. I miss you so much but I know you are with Dad and others that you loved. Rest In Peace. I Love you. Carol.

  4. Mom. You were the best mom anyone could ask for. We had so much fun together I have so many wonderful memories of you I will miss you so very much. I love you! May you Rest In Peace. Carol

  5. You were the best Grandma any kid could ask for. Thank you for always being my friend. I will cherish he memories. You always made me laugh. The inside jokes and ice creams we shared are some of my favorite memories. I love you.

  6. You were the Best Grandma any kid could ask for. Thank you for always being my friend. All the ice cream and inside jokes. I have such amazing childhood memories thanks to you and Grandpa. You were one of a kind. We were all so lucky to have you in our lives for so long. I love you Grandma.

  7. I love you great grandma! I love that I have so many great memories of you, I feel lucky to have known you as long as I did. I hope you are resting well. Love you always.

  8. Aunt Pearl: You were always a special aunt to me. I loved how you took care of everyone around you (especially my mother)before yourself. I won’t forget the Uno games and how competitive you were! Rest In Peace – will miss you.

  9. I knew Pearl and Herb for over 20 years as their on again, off again deacon. My friendship started at their home on W. Ridge Rd. at Georgetown and Edna Tina Wilson Center. They were easy to talk to and very generous hosts.
    Since Pearl resided at the Wilson Center, several of the ladies and myself from John Knox Presbyterian Church, would meet at the gathering area and bring Bill Gray’s food and share a meal together and exchange stories and laughter. She loved their hot dogs!
    Pearl will be missed very much! 💗

  10. I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time.

  11. Mom you were the best mom a girl could have. I have wonderful family memories locked in my heart. Loved your sense of humor and our daily chats. Now Dad has you in his arms and all your family a friends by your side. Love you and you will always be in my heart.

  12. we never got to see each other that much, but when we did, you always had a smile on your face. you were such a genuine and kind person and I will never lose that ring you gave me. love you grandma pearl

  13. Grandma, I loved visiting you and every time I did you were always happy and smiling reminding me of all the good that can come of life. You were full of spirit and I’m lucky to have known you for as long as I did.

  14. I did Pearls hair many years ago when they came to Fort Myers Beach. She always had a smile and was a joy.
    I am sorry for your loss.

  15. Aunt Pearl you were my favorite! When we were young and visited you always had fun things planned. Trips in the woods to find things and great lunches outside were just a few. Your family memories and stories that helped me build my family tree were the best. Thank you for being such a special part of my life. Love you!

  16. Aunt Pearl you were my favorite! When we were young and visited you always had fun adventures planned for us. A walk in the woods, a lunch outside and card games to name a few.
    You’ve helped the Herring family tree come alive with all that you remembered of our ancestors. Thanks for the stories. They were always special.
    I will miss your great sense of humor and positive attitude. You will be in my heart forever and be another angel to help guide me. Love you!

  17. Over the years, anytime I have thought of Pearl, all I could do is smile. She was delightful and had the greatest sense of humor. I’m sure a book on her life would be a bestseller! My deepest condolences ❤️

  18. Aunt Pearl, you had so much impact on my young life growing up I’ll never forget you, and I know I’m a better person and parent because of your influence. I know there’s a card game goin’ on in heaven tonight with the gang all together again. Bless you!

  19. Aunt Pearl, I have so many great memories with you and Uncle Herb. You went out of your way to make us feel special, from always having a special treat for us, to the over-the-top Christmas parties, including your amazing eggnog and custom made gifts. Even as I grew older with a family of my own and we didn’t see each other as often, I always felt your love. We will all miss you. Say hi to Uncle Herb for us. Love, John, Julie, Jacob and Nicholas Plow.

  20. My mother, Mary Lou Lancer, would like to send her sympathy on the passing of Pearl. She was a wonderful and kind woman. My mom does not have Carol’s phone number and would love to talk with her. Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family.

  21. Carol and family,
    My heart goes out to you at Pearl’s passing. She always lifted my spirits with her humor during our short chats at ETW, when I was visiting my own mother. For me, Pearl will always be “quite a dame”.I

  22. Carol and family, I am sending condolences on behalf of my family and mom, Pat Herring Funk. She was very sorry to hear of Aunt Pearl’s passing. We hope that you will be comforted by all the wonderful memories that you have of such a sparkling, sparky lady.
    Pam, Pat and family

  23. I am a former nurse at Edna Tina and cared for Pearl for many years. I always enjoyed talking with her. She was a very bright, kind and a spunky lady. I am honored to have had the opportunity to care for her. She was quite the lady!

  24. Gail and family, I am sorry to hear of your mother Pearl’s passing. I have always thought of her as such a sweet person. I am glad she had such a long full life. Gail I would love to hear from you. I am living in Florida and have looked you up over the years, but I haven’t found you.

  25. Gail and family,
    I am sorry to hear of Pearl’s passing. I always remember her as such a sweet loving person. I am happy that she lived such a long wonderful life.

    Gail I would love to get in touch with you. I have tried to find you over the years but this is the closest I have come. I am on Facebook and my email is below. I miss you.

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