Ida Pearl Jones, affectionately known as Pearl, was born August 18, 1935 in Colquitt, GA to the late Charlie and Mary Hall Moten. Pearl was the youngest of 16 children, and was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Richard, and all of her siblings. Pearl accepted Christ at an early age, and was baptized in a puddle in the street in front of Mt. Zuma Baptist Church in Bainbridge, GA.
Pearl matriculated through the educational system in Decatur County, graduating from Hutto High school in 1955. After graduating from high school, Pearl met the Late George T. Hand. They were later joined in Holy Matrimony; and to this union four sons were born.
Pearl was an individual with solid work ethics. While working as a waitress at Mitchell’s coffee shop in Orlando, she desired more for her family. Her ambitious drive to make a better way for her children led her to begin selling insurance door-to-door for Atlanta Life Insurance Company. She did not have a vehicle; therefore, she walked her route making her well known throughout the community.
Pearl later had a dream of earning a college degree. She was encouraged by her sons to pursue her dream, and they took her to enroll at Valencia Community College, where she would earn her Associate in Science Degree in Business Management with a specialization in Marketing. During the time she was matriculating her way through college, she worked part time with Orange County Public Schools at Dommerich Elementary School working with special needs children and the Orlando Housing Authority. After graduation, she was promoted within the housing authority where she continued to work until she retired.
Pearl’s hobbies included sewing, cooking and shopping. She was a woman of style and pizazz and was meticulous about her appearance. At an early age, she learned that women should always have their heads covered when attending church; therefore, she always wore a hat to church.
During her brief stay at Hunter’s Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, she frequently recited her favorite scripture from Matthew 25, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant! Thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.”
Pearl leaves to cherish her memories, four sons, George Hand, Jr., Gregory D. Hand (Christine), Milton T. Hand (Tracei), Rafiet T. Hand, nine grandchildren, six great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends that were dear to her heart.
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