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Pearl Emily (Downey) Nygaard

December 12, 1920 ~ March 3, 2018 (age 97)

Saturday, March 3, 2018 ......Under the Light of a Full Moon


     At the age of 97, Pearl Nygaard’s long and well lived life drew to its conclusion.  She was proud to have been born into a big family of 13 brothers and sisters.  She and her first husband Tom George gave birth to sons Don and Tom.  After the tragic passing of her husband, she remarried to Jack Nygaard, with whom she had a daughter Sandra. 

     It must be noted that Pearl invited into her home a very special girl named Barbara, whom she treasured as another daughter.  Barbara eventually married Pearl’s first born son Don.  Their children Debra and Don Jr. were much cherished grandchildren.  Son Tom married Ruth and another special granddaughter, Karen, was welcomed into the fold.  As life carried on Pearl’s great love expanded with the arrival of her special great grandchildren: Zachary, Brooke and Jagger.

     She will be deeply missed by those who were lucky enough to call her friend or family, especially her son-in-law, Steven Oja.  Her spirit and light will remain with us as shining threads woven throughout the fabric of our lives. 

     Despite the many losses and heartaches she endured, her natural and inspiring optimism allowed her to meet the challenge of maintaining her zest for life.  She continued to enjoy it to the fullest, taking pleasure in the lives of those she loved.  Pearl loved laughter and fun as much as she valued her independence and personal code of ethics.  She lived, loved and worked with an incredible sense of what is good and fair.

     Left behind to honour her spirit and carry her light are members of her special tribe:  her daughter Sandra Oja, granddaughter Debra Richards,  great grandchildren Zachary and Brooke Richards, and her sister/best friend Joyce Downey (Sally to us who love her).  Also included is honorary tribe member Janet Oja, who loved and cherished Pearl and showed her so much kindness.  Janet’s own children Meg, Abbey and Ethan treasured her deeply.

     The angels have welcomed home one of their own.  She most definitely was greeted with gleeful hugs and kisses by all those she loved and passed before her.  And in the background we are sure her favourite singer Frank Sinatra was singing “My Way” .

     As per her wishes there will be no public visitation or funeral service. In lieu of flowers to honour Pearl and her love of gardens and nature, please plant something in her memory.  Alternatively, please consider donating to the charity of your choice in her name.




And now, the end is near

And so I face the final curtain.

My friend, I’ll say it clear,

I’ll state my case of which I’m certain.


I’ve lived a life that’s full.

I traveled each and every highway.

And more, much more than this

I did it my way.

Regrets - I’ve had a few,

but then, too few to mention.

I did what I had to do

And saw it through without exemption.


I planned each  charted course,

each careful step along the byway,

And more, much more than this

I did it my way.


Yes, there were times I’m sure you knew

when I bit off more than I could chew.

But through it all when there was doubt

I ate it up and spit it out, I faced it all

and I stood tall and did it my way.


I’ve loved, I’ve laughed and cried.

I’ve had my fill, my share of losing.

And now as tears subside

I find it all so amusing.


To think I did all that,

and may I say not in a shy way,

Oh no, oh no, not me -

I did it my way.


For what is a man, what has he got,

if not himself, then he has not.

To say the things he truly feels

and not the words of one who kneels.

The record shows I took the blows

and did it my way


Yes, it was MY way.

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