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By Irma Shackelford
Runningwater Draw RSVP

Pearl Acker has been selected as the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Volunteer of the Month.
Pearl has been a volunteer with the Covenant Health Plainview Auxiliary since March 2016. In her role, she is assigned several tasks. Some of those include helping visitors at the information desk and delivering get-well flowers to the patients’ rooms along with a newspaper each morning.
Pearl shared that she feels blessed. By giving, you get more out of volunteering. It is also a great opportunity to meet other people she may not be able to otherwise. She also enjoys the hours spent with all other associates and volunteers.
She is a Lazbuddie native. Her parents were Joe and Ida Jesko who farmed and lived in the Lazbuddie Community. Pearl was born in Hereford, the youngest child of six (two brothers and three sisters). Her family had a good life and she recalls how good it was living on the farm where everyone learned responsibilities.
Pearl attended school and graduated from Lazbuddie High School. There were 88 students in the high school and she was voted “Best All-Around” her Junior year. After graduation, she continued her education by attending Eastern New Mexico University in Portales with an interest in Home Economics.
She met James Acker at a dance in Nazareth. They married two years later at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Hereford.
The couple had four children, two girls, Carri and Sherri, and two boys, Larry and Garry. They also enjoyed spending time with their three grandchildren.
The couple settled in Tulia. Pearl was employed for a few years at the Tulia Telephone Company in the billing department. She later was employed by Cargill Molasses, in Dimmitt for 14 years as a bookkeeper.
Upon retirement, after living in Tulia for 59 years, Pearl and James moved to Plainview in June 2015. James passed away in October of the same year.
Pearl is a lifelong Catholic, has enjoyed teaching Sunday School, and was an officer in the Diocese Deanery. She is also recognized as one of the founders of the Red Hat Society in Tulia and has been “Queen” for 14 years.
Pearl enjoyed baking and sewing at one time, but since retiring she finds other pleasures such as volunteering to fill her time.
Thank you, Pearl, for giving of your time and talents to help others in a very fulfilling way.
The RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) will be celebrating 46 years of linking volunteers age 55 and over throughout Floyd, Hale and Lamb Counties with community service. RSVP is located at 825 Austin in Plainview, Texas. There is no cost to join one of the largest senior volunteer organizations in the nation and supplemental insurance is provided while volunteering. Call 806-291-1223 for more information about joining.



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