Pearl Kyes

Feb.8, 1924-Sept. 5, 2019

Pearl Ethel Kyes, 95, of

Minot, died September 5,

2019 in Minot.

Pearl was born Febru-

ary 8, 1924 at Carpenter

Lake, North Dakota, the

daughter of Lewis “Duffy”

and Gertie (Nerpel)

Wicks. She was raised

and educated in Hansboro

until the family moved to

Rolette County where she

attended rural schools,

then graduated from Rolla

High School in 1942. She

attended Minot State

Teachers College, re-

ceived a standard

teacher’s certificate, and

taught at rural schools in

Rolette County for three


Pearl was united in

marriage to James Harry

Kyes on July 22, 1945 at

Rolla. They lived and

traveled extensively in the

United States and abroad

while he served in the

United States Air Force.

James was honorably

discharged in 1963, and

they returned to North

Dakota, making their

home in Minot. Jim died

June 1, 2017. After his

death, Pearl continued to

live in Minot at Edgewood

Vista Assisted Living.

Pearl was a longtime

member of Faith United

Methodist Church and

was involved with United

Methodist Women. She

served on various church

boards and did volunteer

work for the Church. She

delivered for the Meals

On Wheels program for 40

years. Pearl was an ac-

complished cook and

seamstress and enjoyed

crocheting, knitting, em-

broidering, crafts, garden-ing, Japanese flower ar-

ranging, and going on

camping, fishing, and

hunting trips.

She is survived by: her

children, James (Susan)

H. Kyes, Jr. of Duluth,

MN; Sally (Gary) Conner,

Kalispell, MT; grandson:

James Lewis (Kerri Per-

sons) Kyes of Duluth;

three great-grandchildren:

James Alan Kyes, Julia El-

izabeth Kyes, and Keegan

Persons; brother Perry

Wicks, Stevensville, MT;

and several nieces,

nephews and cousins.

Pearl was preceded in

death by: her parents;

husband James of 71

years; sisters Ella Timlick,

Orpha Keil, Lila Mathis,

infant sister; brothers

Harold, Jerry, and Larry


Funeral service: Mon-

day, September 16 at

10:00 am at Faith United

Methodist Church, 5900

US 83 North Minot, ND


Interment: 3:00 p.m.

Monday, September 16,

2019 at the North Dakota

Veterans Cemetery, 1825

46th St, Mandan, ND


Visitation: Sunday,

September 15 from 1:00 –

4:00 PM at the Thomas

Family Funeral Home,

304 South Main Street,

Minot, ND 58701.

Memorials: In lieu of

plants or flowers the fami-

ly prefers memorials be

designated to Faith United

Methodist Church or an

organization of the

donor’s choice.

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