Bertha Pearl Wilkinson, Blue Springs was born January 17, 1927, in Boonville, MO the fourth child to Martin and Bertha (Langlotz) Johnmeyer.
During Pearl’s early years in Boonville, she attended Westwood School through the eighth grade and graduated from Boonville High School in 1944. She graduated from Kansas City Secretarial School in 1945. She has been a faithful member of the Methodist Church since 1936. She was employed by Aireon Manufacturing Company, Harold Lumber Company, and Trout’s Bakery. She lived in Boonville, Odessa, Lone Jack, Kansas City, and most recently in Blue Springs, MO Since 1969.
After her retirement from Remington Arms Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in 1985, she assisted husband Ralph in his love of auctions and antiques. She was married to Ralph A. Wilkinson in 1951 until his passing in 2008.
Pearl has been a member of the First United Methodist Church in Blue Springs since 1969. She served in the church for 20 years in capacity as teacher, piano player, and choir director in the children’s department. She gave private piano lessons for years. She enjoyed playing piano for the church service at Waterford Retirement Home in Blue Springs until 2020 (Covid pandemic).
Pearl was a devoted wife and was preceded in death by her parents Martin C. Johnmeyer and Bertha C. Johnmeyer; husband Ralph; brothers Casper and Robert and sister Isabel Johnmeyer, and grandson Evan Banks. Her survivors include:
Daughters (3): Patricia Wiseman and husband Tom of Blue Springs; Carolyn Marsh and husband Jeff of Lee’s Summit; and Rebecca Brown and husband Kevin of Bedford, TX
Grandchildren (7): Greg Wiseman and wife Jamie; Christy Buckner and husband Jeff; Brandon Banks and wife Amanda; Elaine Lipowicz and husband Ed; Trevor Brown and wife Lauren; Tyler Brown; Leslie Marsh
Great Grandchildren (13): Madison, Shelby, and Abby Wiseman; Lexi, Carter, and Gracie Buckner; Katie Hill and husband Austin; Brian Buckner and wife Jackie; Alexandria Swearingen; Brennan Lipowicz; Whitney, Jared, and Justin Banks
Great Great Grandchildren (4): Bowen, Lillian, and Bexley Hill; Dale Buckner
Her family will receive family and friends from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 28, 2023 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main Street, Blue Springs, MO. Funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the chapel. Burial will follow at the Lone Jack Cemetery in Lone Jack, MO. In lieu of flowers, Pearl requested memorial contributions to the First United Methodist Church in Blue Springs, MO. Memories of Pearl and words of comfort for her family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.