EDITH REBECCA PEARL WINTERBURN completed her earthly journey of service to her Lord Jesus Christ and has joined Him in heaven at 9:14 PM, April 24, 2014 at Cassellholme , North Bay.
Born 15 Nov. 1920 in Norland, Victoria county, Lindsay area, Ont. Predeceased by her parents, John Winterburn and Carrie Bell Pasmore of Norland, brothers John Theodore "Jack" (1919-1999), Cecil Ralph (1922-2003) and sister Alma Stella May (1930-1990).
Pearl's maternal grandparents, James Barlow Pasmore and Edith May Courtemanche lived in North Bay and are buried in Terrace Lawn Cemetery. They were active in the Salvation Army and were well known in North Bay. She is survived by 10 nieces and nephews and their many children and grandchildren. Thanks to all her family members who visited and had her in their homes and cared for Pearl in her last years back in Canada.
Pearl grew up in Norland and left to obtain her nursing degree at Women's College Hospital in Toronto. Pearl was an RN at St. Joseph's hospital in North Bay prior to departure in 1952 to the Belgian Congo -Zaire, now DR Congo. She spent 50 years as a missionary nurse and established a large mission station, deep in the forest, at Tchabi, near Lake Victoria. A broken hip forced her back to North Bay in 2002. Since then she has lived at Barclay House and for the last several years at Cassellholme, in North Bay.
Pearl was beloved by her African family and her Canadian family. She attended Bethel Gospel Chapel in North Bay and was loved by her Christian family there, especially children who were attracted to her, visited her and drew pictures for her. We will all miss her at Bethel Chapel where she faithfully occupied her spot in her wheel chair at almost all the meetings held.
Many thanks to the staff at Barclay House and Cassellholme for their loving care towards Pearl, while she lived there.
There will be a memorial service at Bethel Gospel chapel , 1710 O'Brien St., North Bay at 1 PM on Thursday, May 15, 2014 followed by a graveside interment at Forest Lawn cemetery on Tower Dr., North Bay. Please return to Bethel Chapel for a luncheon, time of visitation and viewing of Pearl's several photo albums of her missionary life.
If desired, expressions of sympathy may be made to Missionary Service Committee, 101 Amber St., suite 16, Markham, Ont. L3R-3B2 to further support her mission still operating in Tchabi...this would please Pearl immensely. Cheques made out to MSC will be collected at Bethel and forwarded to Toronto on your behalf if that is helpful to you.