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Evelyn Pearl Shook

Evelyn Pearl Shook, passed away, Thursday, December 22, 2022, at Stanford Lodge in Plainwell.

She was born May 5, 1928 in Detroit, her parents were Wilber and Nancy Orris. She really enjoyed being part of a large family as she had 11 brothers and sisters. Pearl moved with her family to Martin, MI, at a young age. She graduated as co-valedictorian from Martin High School. Pearl was a lifelong member of the Martin Methodist Church. She married Melville Shook on October 28, 1953. Together they owned Martin Variety Store for 25 years. They adopted their daughter, Janet in 1963.

Surviving are her daughter, Janet (David) Clark; granddaughter, Carla along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and siblings, Helen, David, Vernon, Herbert, Warren, Alice, Mary, Wilma, Dorothy, Robert and Ralph.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 15, 2023 at 12:00 noon, at the Martin United Methodist Church with Pastor Margaret Stoken officiating.

Contributions in memory of Pearl may be made to the Martin Methodist Church.

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Jerry and Marilyn Fenner

December 26, 2022 at 2:54 pm

Our condolences to Janet and the family. Always enjoyed talking with Pearl whenever we were together.


Letty Sherry

December 26, 2022 at 5:03 pm

Janet, I am so sorry to hear this. I woulf love to help with a memorial service later. Please keep me updated! Talk soon!



Darlene Leep

December 26, 2022 at 5:28 pm

Our sympathies to Janet and her family at this time.


Kathy Nausieda Havens

December 26, 2022 at 6:06 pm

My heart goes out to you Janet, and your family. I have very fond memories of you, your mom and dad. It was such a pleasure to work at Martin Variety while I was in high school. I learned so much from them. Your mom was one of the kindest people I have ever known.


David Folk

December 26, 2022 at 6:56 pm

Janet so sorry for your loss. Mel and Pearl were very decent people. I have a lot of fond memories of our childhood. I hope you are doing well!


Sandy McKie/ Holden

December 27, 2022 at 10:35 am

So sorry for your loss Janet! I have so many fond memories of your mom and dad! And the variety store especially when I was a little girl. Your Mom was beautiful inside and out. As was your Dad. God Bless.


Susan Coburn

December 27, 2022 at 5:20 pm

Janet I am so sorry to hear this. I’ll miss running into her on her trike when I’m doing windows. Such a blessing she called me friend.


Thomas L Shook

December 27, 2022 at 7:44 pm

Janet, I always enjoyed talking to your mom and dad, spent a few time with your folks and you a few times at the lake. I know they will be missed. Take care and maybe we will meet you again.


Herb Ayres

December 28, 2022 at 3:08 am

My sympathies to Janet and the entire family.


Gary and Joan Melvin

December 28, 2022 at 3:12 pm

Sorry for your loss. Pearl an Mel were a big of Martin history. Prayers for peace and comfort.


Patti Hewitt

December 29, 2022 at 12:29 pm

Sorry for your loss. My memory of Pearl was seeing her tool around Wedgewood Drive on her adult tricycle, waving at people and stopping to chat. Warm and friendly. A sweet lady.


Molly Mentzer

December 30, 2022 at 5:26 pm

Janet & Family so very sorry for your loss. Pearl was a gem, loved spending time with her & more recently keeping in touch by phone. Both of your parents will be fondly remembered as pillars of the Martin community. Bless them.


Frank Geib

January 10, 2023 at 3:28 pm

Please accept my condolences Janet. Always enjoyed talking to your mother, and your father. Great people. Great memories. Great history in Martin.


Brenda Buyce

April 5, 2023 at 11:15 am

Janet – I have so many great memories of your mom, dad and you from childhood through adulthood. Aunt Pearl always made sure we were having fun. Aunt Pearl will be missed. Our sympathies to you.



Doug & Charen Buyce

April 12, 2023 at 9:39 pm

So sorry to hear of Aunt Pearl’s passing. She and Uncle Mel were always so much fun growing up. Boating on Gun Lake and playing cards in Florida with them while visiting Grandma and going to dinner at Sam’s Joint in Plainwell are all fond memories. She will be dearly missed!


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