Pearl Kaufman, 94Pearl May Kaufman, 94, died April 20, 2010 at Knute Nelson in Alexandria.
Pearl May Kaufman, 94, died April 20, 2010 at Knute Nelson in Alexandria.
Pearl was born in Hill City, South Dakota on October 15, 1915 to Walter and Lucinda (Stevens) Maudlin. She grew up in the Black Hills area and actually attended the dedication of Mount Rushmore by President Coolidge.
After graduating Custer High School, she met and married George Kaufman in Rapid City SD on December 1, 1934. They had two children, Jim and Barbara. She enjoyed raising her family and instilled in them the value of hard work and sportsmanship. She also enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing and crafts. She was an incredibly talented leather craftsman and knitted beautifully.
Pearl and her family moved to Alexandria in 1951, where the family owned and operated the Camp Welcome Resort on West Lake Cowdry. Pearl managed the resort and took care of all the cabins and guests. She loved meeting and visiting with the numerous vacation families through the years.
Pearl moved into Alexandria in 1976 and spent the next several years volunteering for Red Cross, First Congregational Church, Meals on Wheels, and was a key motivator and worked tirelessly getting the Alexandria Senior Center to become a reality. She made many friends throughout the years with her wonderful contributions to the community.
She is survived by her son, Jim (LaVerna) Kaufman of Alexandria; grandchildren, Lori Rehovsky of Alexandria, Dean Kaufman of Miltona, Linda Auran of Alexandria, Curt (Deb) Auran of Alexandria; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Doris Brandt of Fargo, ND; and brother Harold Maudlin of Custer, SD.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George Kaufman; daughter, Barbara Bier; her brother, Roy; and her sister, Edith.
A memorial service was held Thursday, April 22 at Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria with the Rev. Scott Keehn officiating. Inurnment will be at Custer County Cemetery in Custer, SD.
Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria; www.andersonfuneral.net.
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