Pearl Esther Tavegia, 92, of Osage, Wyoming died July 18th at her home on Skull Creek. She was born July 2, 1922 on her family's ranch near Newcastle, Wyoming to Virgil and Lillie (Wantz) Procunier. Her childhood was spent on her family's ranch on Salt Creek. During this time she attended school in Newcastle graduating in 1941.
On July 16, 1941 she married Albert Lewis Tavegia. They made their home on Skull Creek and were blessed with six children: Betty Jean (Jim) Lewis, William Lloyd (Donna) Tavegia, Jerry Lee Tavegia, Mary Jane (Bruce) Bottjen, Judith Kay (Jim) Schaeffer, and Susan Iona (Wayne) Braun.
With un-abiding love for her Savior Jesus Christ, Pearl wholeheartedly accepted the teachings of Christ and lived by example. She could often be found reading the scriptures. She was an active member of the Osage Bible Church until recent years when health interfered with her ability to attend.
Pearl used to say she was a jack-of-all- trades and a master of none. One thing is for sure, she kept herself busy. Pearl drove the Skull Creek school bus for 39 years. During this time she was also a mother and faithful helper for Bert on the ranch which often found her in the fields. She was an active member of the Skull Creek Ladies Club, 4-H leader, and Red Hat Society.
Pearl had a passion for crocheting, quilting, oil painting and was often very creative in her designs... all of which she gracefully gave away in love. Pearl had a compassionate heart for all people, especially for children. She lit up at the sight of them and was often seen setting back, watching them play with a smile on her face.
In her lifetime Pearl was fortunate to have loved and been loved by five descending generations. She is fondly survived by her five children, eighteen grandchildren, forty-two great-grandchildren, twelve great-great-grandchildren, and numerous extended family members and close friends. All of which whom claim to hold the title of being her "favorite".
She is preceded in death by her loving husband Bert, son Jerry, son-in-law James Lewis, granddaughter Tara Tavegia, great-grandson Wyatt Pillen, parents Virgil and Lillie Procunier, sisters: Iona Lease, Irene Bartsch, brother Harold Procunier, and four baby siblings that passed in infancy.
A memorial in honor of Pearl's life has been established to benefit the Newcastle Fire Explorer Post #66, Weston County Fire Department, and Osage Ambulance Service.
Greenwood Cemetery (Newcastle)
570 S. Spokane Ave.
Newcastle, WY, 82701
JUL 21. 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Worden Funeral Directors
111 South Railway Ave.
Newcastle, WY, US, 82701
JUL 22. 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
First United Methodist Church of Newcastle
23 North Seneca
Newcastle, WY, US, 82701