Miles City native Jessie Pearl Lindstrand, 91, passed away recently at Billings Health and Rehabilitation where she resided for the past five years. She had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for nearly 20 years .
Pearl was born in Miles City in 1920 to John and Jessie Higgins, Pearl grew up in the town of Ismay and on a nearby farm with 12 brothers and sisters. Pearl met her first love Hugo Henry Zabel in Ismay and they married in 1939. They ranched near Ismay and started a family.
The couple later moved to Miles City to raise a family of four: Floyd, Don, Joyce and Janice. Pearl worked as a homemaker and volunteered at Holy Rosary Hospital. She was widowed in 1967. She later married Vern Lindstrand and moved to Lewistown and then resided in Grass Range for almost 15 years. After her second husband passed in 1988, Pearl returned to Miles City.
Pearl loved to garden, spend time drinking coffee and visiting with friends, read, embroider, and she was an excellent cook, especially pies. She loved Montana and its natural beauty.
Pearl was proceeded in death by her sons Floyd and Don, and 11 siblings: Alba, Helen, Earnest, Robert, Lauren, Lillian, Albert or “Bert,” Floyd, Joyce, Roy, and Johnny.
She is survived by daughters Joyce Miller and Janice Zabel of Billings, grandchildren Steve Miller and Zoe Zabel of Billings, brother Virgil “Buck” Higgins of Ekalaka, and a large extended family.
A graveside service will be held Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at the Custer County Cemetery in Miles City. Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.
Anyone wishing to make a memorial to Pearl is encouraged to donate to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America at www.alzfdn.org or call 1-866-232-8484.