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Pearl Lorraine Billiot Pekar, 83, died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Pearl was born June 6, 1928, in Alton, Ill., to Joseph Alvin and Ruth Cook Billiot. She majored in music, science and English at Columbia College in South Carolina. Pearl married Michael Aloysius Pekar in 1952 and raised three children. She received her master's degree in education from the University of Virginia in 1970. Pearl worked in Virginia public schools for more than 30 years as a teacher and administrator; she was one of the first female principals in the state. In 1991, she co-founded Ambassadors Christian Academy in King George. She retired in 1996.
Serving the Lord was her highest priority. Pearl was active in the Catholic church; she and husband Michael helped establish several parishes in rural locations, and she served as a CCD director and RCIA teacher. She was a charter member of the Women's Club in King George.
She leaves behind daughter Jessie Pekar Earles, her husband, Larry Earles, and grandsons Timothy and Jonathan of Houston, Texas; son Michael Pekar Jr., his wife, Mary Kay, and grandchildren Ruth, Beth and Charles of Lamberton, Minn.; son John Paul Pekar, his wife, Kara, and granddaughter Amanda of King George; and brothers Harry and Alvin Billiot of South Carolina.
The family will receive friends at Nash & Slaw funeral home, King George, from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5. The funeral will be at Sacred Heart Chapel, NSWC Dahlgren, at 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 6. Interment will follow in Quantico National Cemetery at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.