Pearl MacLennan

Pearl E. MacLennan, 96,

Indianapolis, went home

to be with her Lord May

9, 2021.

She was the daughter of

Peter and Ella (Johnson)

Thingstad, Norwegian im-

migrants who homestead-ed in South Prairie, ND.

Born in 1924, Pearl was

the youngest of her 8

brothers and sisters, Esth-

er, Bernice, Charlotte,

Prudence, Irwin, Perry,

Iver and Gladys.

Pearl’s early years were

spent working on the

farm, “walking” to school

and singing in Saron

Lutheran, the church

founded by her father. In

her early 20’s she moved

to Minot where she ulti-

mately met her future

husband, Alex MacLen-

nan. Born in Thunder

Bay, Ontario Canada, Alex

moved to Minot for a job

with The Minot Daily

News. This was the begin-

ning of his career in the

newspaper industry

which ultimately relocat-

ed them to Indianapolis

with the Beverage Paper

Company. They were

married for 44 years be-

fore Alex passed away in


Pearl was an amazing

wife, mother, aunt, friend,

neighbor, housewife and

athlete. Whether it was

learning to drive, swim,

play golf, bowl, play

bridge or teaching the

neighborhood boys to

dance before the high

school prom, she was up

for any challenge!!!

An accomplished

bridge player who spent

many hours organizing

Goodwill bridge and

bridge nights at Five Sea-

sons for her bridge family

of friends. Golf and bowl-

ing were her other pas-

sions – she had a

hole-in-one on her 70th

birthday and won first

place in 2004 with her St.

Luke’s bowling team!!!

Las Vegas was one of her

favorite places to visit, see

shows, play her favorite

slot machines at the Fabu-

lous Flamingo and win!!

An exceedingly kind

person with a big heart,

Pearl always put family


She is survived by: her

children, Gregory A. Ma-

cLennan, of Indianapolis

and Georgene F. MacLen-

nan of Carmel.

We would like to thank

relatives, friends, her

neighbors of 60+ years,

the Wellbrooke of Carmel

Legacy caregivers, and

Guardian Angel Hospice

for caring and loving her

every day of her life.

If desired, friends can

make a memorial contri-

bution to NAMI (National

Alliance on Mental Ill-

ness) Indiana at