Longtime Monticello resident Pearl Whittaker died Saturday, October 10, 2015, in Grand Junction, CO where she had lived the last two years. She was 85.
She was born Ina Pearl Slaydon on November 1, 1929, in Amarillo, TX, where she spent her early childhood. The family moved to Dallas, TX, where she graduated from high school and met and married William M. Robinson, with whom she had two children, E. O’Neil Robinson and Rebecca Ann Jones.
The couple moved to Oklahoma, where, following a divorce, she remarried the love of her life, F.M. “Whit” Whittaker. The couple moved to Monticello, UT, in 1961, and their 40-year marriage was sealed in the Monticello Temple in 2011. He preceded her in death on July 4, 2010.
In Utah, Mrs. Whittaker joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A devout Mormon, she loved her work as a primary teacher and in the church library.
While working at the San Juan County Hospital, she was one of the first women in Utah to be certified as an Emergency Medical Technician. Her varied career also included working in the San Juan County recorder’s office, writing as a stringer for the Deseret News in Salt Lake City, owning a Sears store and managing campgrounds in one district of the Manti-LaSal National Forest.
She is survived by her children, Neil Robinson of Norman, OK; Becky Jones of Clifton, CO; Susan Collins and Pam Angle of Oklahoma City; grandchildren Stephen and Neil Dunow, Dawn Hudson, Maggie Clanton, Zach Jolly, Robert Angle, Debbie Gianfilippo, Misha Haggard and Nicholas and Emily Robinson; 15 great-grandchildren, including Morgan Dunow, and two great-great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are being handled by San Juan Mortuary in Blanding. Interment will be in the Monticello City Cemetery.