"Mrs. Pearl Avery Dies; Rites Today," Mexico (Missouri) Ledger, 18 October 1971, p. 1, col. 4.
Mrs. Pearl Avery Dies; Rites Today Mrs. Pearl Avery, 90, of 902 N. Western St., died at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Audrain Medical Center where she had been a patient for a week. She had lived in Audrain County since 1926 and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Mexico. She was born in Howard County, Jan. 28, 1881, a daughter of John and Martha Dougherty Newman. On Aug. 5, 1897, she was married to Hale Avery in Howard County. He preceded her in death May 12,' 1954. Survivors include four sons, Eugene Avery of Mexico, Chester Avery of Laddonia, Clifford Avery of Center and Kenneth Avery of Carthage, Miss.; five daughters, Mrs. Grover (Myrtle) Atkins, Mrs. Chester (Anna) Williams, Mrs. Dewey (Willie) Plybon and Mrs. Robert (Irene) Workes, all of Mexico and Mrs. Claude (Lorene) Coonce of Castro Valley, Calif.; 15 grandchildren, grandchildren, 28 great- grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren. Four brothers and a sister preceded her in death. Funeral services were to be at 3:30 p.m. today at the Arnold funeral home with the Rev. Frank Park officiating. Burial was to be in Eastlawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers were to be Donald Workes, Carl Atkins, Delbert Lee Avery, Cleo Westbay, Wayne Westbay and Elvin Taylor, all grandsons of Mrs. Avery.