Pearl Thom (Siirila-Cully) succumbed to the demon that is cancer on November 3rd, 2015 in Miles City, Montana at the age of 71.
Pearl is survived by her husband, Dale and her two loving children and her five grandchildren. Her daughter, Traci and her husband, Cameron Duffin and their children, Hailey and Kent. Her son, Kip Cully and his sons, Zachary, Zane and Zayden (Washington). She is also survived by six of her seven siblings, Vickie (Glen) Olsen of Wisconsin, Jeanna Franklin of Missouri and in Wyoming, Butch (Jeaneen) Siirila, Charotte (Weldon) Haynes, Julie (Ken) Lehmkuhl, and Christine (Ralph) Hughes. She is preceded in death by her mother, Elynor Popko-Ferguson and her sister, Gertie Hampton-Foote, both of whom she loved dearly.
Pearl entered the world on her mother’s birthday in the upper panhandle of Michigan. The family moved to Wyoming where she graduated from Saratoga High School. She met and married Lee Cully in Rawlins, Wyoming, they had two children and later settled in Frenchtown, Montana. The couple divorced and she continued to raise the children alone while working at a plywood plant (the first woman to advance to many jobs at that factory), retiring after 20 years. She met and married a wonderful man, Dale Thom in 1991 and soon after they moved to Miles City, Montana where her children had relocated. She took the opportunity to retrain herself and graduated from Miles Community College with an Accounting Degree and went to work in that field. Since retiring from accounting, Pearl and Dale enjoyed their leisure time yelling at the Griz and growing their list of friends to the many that are mourning her loss today.
Pearl is a loving soul that worked tirelessly for her family. She was the most wonderful mother, wife and grandmother to her own grandchildren and to Gracie, a “granddaughter” she chose.
A funeral is scheduled for Monday, November 9th, 11AM at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Miles City, graveside service at the Veteran’s Cemetery with a reception to follow at the Rib and Chop House. Dorothy Zabrocki will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Pearl’s life. To honor her further, please send donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or The Salvation Army, her favorite charities. Your thoughts can be expressed to the family online via Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home.