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Obituaries

November 29, 2012

Pearl Helena Goodwin Derringer

COVINGTON, Ind. — Pearl Helena Goodwin Derringer, 98, of Covington, passed away at 1:05 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012.

She was born to Lucy Ann McAllister Goodwin and David Goodwin in Silverwood, Ind., on Sept. 29, 1914.

She graduated in 1932 from Sugar Ridge Township High School in Ashboro, Ind.

She married Chris Derringer, her husband of 52 years, on June 18, 1933. He preceded her in death in 1985.

Pearl and Chris lived in Lafayette, Pence and then settled in Covington. Here they worked together in an implement business, tax and accounting, real estate and owned and operated The Friendly Tavern for many years.

Later in life, Pearl traveled with her family around the United States and lived in Huntington, Ind., and Rotonda West, Fla., before returning to Covington.

Other family members preceding her in death include her mother and stepfather, Lucy Ann Southern and Virgil Southern, of Lafayette, and her grandmother, Cora Goffey.

She is survived by her daughters, Cora Lee (Joe) Meyers of Santa Fe, N.M., and Sarah Ann (Roland) Duensing of rural Covington, Ind.

Also, five grandchildren, Brent (Jennifer) Huntsman of Tulsa, Okla., Jerry (Silvia) Huntsman of Huntsville, Texas, Scott (Betsy) Huntsman of Terre Haute, Ind., Jason (Mary Ellen Wheeler) Bunch of Indianapolis and Jessica (Keith) Wright of rural Covington, Ind.; four step-grandchildren, John (Chellie) Duensing of Noblesville, Ind., Don (Cari) Koss of Fox River Grove, Cindy (David) Plate of Wheaton and Ali (Sean) Harapko of Ashburn, Va.; seven great-grandchildren; 14 step-great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild also blessed her family.

Pearl spent any leisure time she had reading and doing crossword puzzles. She had been a member of Covington United Methodist Church, Psi Iota Xi and Coffeenians. She also spent many great hours with her family.

On Saturday, Dec. 1, we will honor Pearl’s life with a visitation from 1:30-3 p.m. EST, with service beginning at 3 p.m. EST at Dickerson Funeral Home in Veedersburg, Ind. Memorials may be given to the charity of your choice.

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