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Longtime Meeker resident Pearl M. Reagle, 94, died Nov. 17, 2012, at Walbridge Memorial Wing. Pearl was born in Chinook, Mont., to Crit A. Barnard and Theresa Schafer Barnard. The family moved to Meeker in 1928. Pearl was graduated from Meeker High School on June 2, 1935. She married Lawrence L. Reagle the following June. They had one son, Lee Calvin. Pearl was divorced and never remarried.
Pearl worked as a deputy county treasurer for several years and was a relief dispatcher for the sheriff’s department before moving to Craig to work for the Colorado State Patrol also as a dispatcher.
On Nov. 17, 1965, she transferred to Montrose when the new Department of Highways and CSP building was opened. She was promoted to senior dispatcher in 1961 and was the only woman in the state to hold this position until another woman was also appointed in Craig in 1975. Pearl retired from the patrol after 25 years of service.
While working in Meeker she was a member of the Meeker Rifle Club and entered a number of competitions for which she earned many medals for marksmanship. She also enjoyed fishing, arts and crafts, gardening and bingo.
Pearl is survived by her grandson, Lance (Mary) Reagle of Missoula, Mont., her granddaughter, Tracie Giroux of Bealston, Va., two great-grandchildren, Mary Elizabeth Giroux of Baltimore, Md., and Nicholas (Caitlin) Giroux of Fairfax, Va., her sister, Florence Hazelbaker and niece, Lina Hazelbaker (Gary) Stewart of Meeker, great nieces and nephew Nicole (Jason and Stella) Alden of Bailey, Colo., Grant (Megan) Stewart of New Castle, Colo., and Samantha Stewart of Minneapolis, Minn., nephew, Chris Hazelbaker of Bailey, Colo., and great niece, Dusti (Roman) Brittenhams. She was preceded in death by her father, mother and only son, Lee.
Her wishes were to be cremated and her ashes scattered up river where her son’s were scattered.
A celebration of her life will take place early next summer and her wishes will be fulfilled at this time. The family would like to thank everyone for their calls, cards and donations of food.