You may view a video tribute of Pearl by clicking on the following link: Pearl Kayton Video Tribute
Pearl Helen Kayton, 88, of Chappell, died early Thursday morning, November 20, 2008, at the Miller Memorial Care Center in Chappell.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, December 1, 2008, at the Grace Lutheran Church in Chappell with Pastor George T. Rahn officiating. Interment will be in the Chappell Cemetery.
Visitation will be on Sunday, November 30, 2008, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. with the family present from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Holechek Funeral Home in Chappell.
Memorials may be made to the church, Miller Memorial Care Center or to Memorial Health Center Hospice.
Holechek Funeral Home in Chappell is in charge of the arrangements.
Pearl Helen Kayton was born in the Weyerts Community, north of Lodgepole, Nebraska on Christmas Day, December 25, 1919 to Fred and Marie Bauer. She was the eighth of 10 children born to the family. Pearl grew up on the farm and attended country school in the Weyerts area. She and her family were active members of the Weyerts Lutheran Church of which her grandfather was a founder. Pearl attended High School in Lodgepole, Nebraska. After High School, she traveled to Lincoln where she attended college for a year and then to the Los Angeles area where she went to a Business College for a short time.
Before her marriage to Ivan Kayton on March 17, 1946, Pearl taught in a little country school near Lodgepole. After the marriage, she and Ivan lived on a farm east of Chappell and raised their four children, Gary, Patricia, Joann, and Kent. Pearl eventually studied accounting and began to work for Fred Schureman at the Ford Garage in Chappell. She later took a job as the Head Bookkeeper for Jim and Dick Cabela when they began their small business in Chappell. She was very happily employed by the Cabela’s for 30 years and enjoyed the phenomenal growth of the business. After her retirement, Pearl enjoyed garden club, card clubs, VFW, and Bible Study as she was a very active member of the Grace Lutheran Church where her family was raised and she worked diligently for many years. Pearl and Ivan made a point of having their children in attendance at Grace every Sunday morning.
Pearl lived a full life and believed strongly in loving unconditionally and joyfully. She had a great sense of humor and loved teasing and kidding with those she loved so much. Pearl was an avid music lover as she grew up in a family that loved to sing and did so quite boisterously whenever they gathered together. The family gatherings were frequent and they always included a songfest around the piano and a hot game of pitch. She adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and loved nothing more than holding a new member of our family on her lap. She leaves us a legacy of kindness, service, joy, love and devotion.
She is survived by and loved by those she cherished, son Kent and wife Monica; daughter, Pat and her husband Jim; daughter-in-law, Linda Kayton; and son-in-law, Gary Glinn and his wife Linda; brothers, Herman and his wife Millie, and Lloyd and his wife, Vi. There are 10 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and a host of relatives and dear friends.
Pearl was preceded in death by an infant son, Bruce, her husband, Ivan, two children, Joann and Gary, her parents, and several brothers, Louis, George, Alvin, Ivan, Lavern, and two sisters, Leona and Elzina.