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Pearl Mary Cyr

November 22, 1927 — July 7, 2022


SWANTON – Pearl Mary Cyr, age 94, completed her journey to heaven on Thursday, July 7, 2022, at 7:00 pm, at Our Lady of the Meadows with her loving family by her side. 


She was born in Highgate Springs, Vermont, on November 22, 1927, to the late Mary Nellie (LaFrance) and Arthur Vanslette. 


Pearl attended school at Highgate and went to work early in her life. She worked for the Tyler Place, which led her to move to New York City as a full-time nanny. After marrying Lee on September 4, 1954, she became a homemaker; while continuing to work at the Tyler Place and at Union Carbide, where she became the plant ping pong champion. Pearl was a fantastic homemaker; a great cook and her chocolate chip cookies were the best! She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend.


When Pearl could no longer drive, she would bike everywhere; she would bike miles and miles to visit her sisters and brother and accomplish her errands. She was an avid traveler in her later years, visiting Alaska, Hawaii, and many other places, with her best friend and companion Gardner Palmer. She loved being with her family and grandchildren, listening to music, knitting, crocheting, working on puzzles, and playing cards; she was an excellent 500 card player. 


Pearl was able to remain in her home for many years thanks to the loving care of her daughter Sue McEwen and husband Mark. She also spent many of her last year’s going to Care Partner Adult Center where she enjoyed the company of her many friends. 


Pearl is survived by her children, Debbie Kittell and her husband Jeff, Lisa Lumbra and her husband Hilton, Maria Ritchie, Lynn Cyr, Pam Cyr and her husband Rich Pearl, and Sue McEwen and her husband Mark; sister, Hazel Ledoux; brother, Victor Vanslette and his wife Charlotte; grandchildren, Travis, Stacie, Jeremy, Ryan, Jonathan, Katie, Tarah, Wesley, Jessica, Alex, and Avery; very dear niece, Karen Jarvis; daughter-in-law, Donna Cyr; along with many great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son, Tim Cyr; husband, Leonel Cyr; brothers, Frederick Vanslette, Aldolph Vanselette, Leonard Vanselette, Clifford Vanselette, Eddie Vanselette, Howard Vanslette; sister, Mary Conger; son-in-law, and James Ritchie.


Pearl’s Family would like to thank all Our Lady of the Meadows staff for their love and care.


Family and friends are invited to Pearl’s Life Celebration, Thursday, July 21, 2022, at 11:00 am., to include a Mass of Christian Burial at the St. Louis Catholic Church, 222 Lamkin St, Highgate Center, VT 05459; Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Swanton. 


In lieu of flowers, donations in Pearl’s memory may be made to The Vermont Association for the Blind, 60 Kimball Ave., South Burlington, VT, 05403. Or in honor of Pearl’s memory, consider a simple act of kindness.


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Service Schedule

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Funeral Service

Thursday, July 21, 2022

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

St. Louis Catholic Church

222 Lamkin St, Highgate, VT 05459

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Thursday, July 21, 2022

12:00 - 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery

65 Canada St, Swanton, VT 05488

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