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Pearl Gaskamp was born January 29, 1923 in Independence, Texas to Louis and Louise (Finke) Gaskamp, baptized April 8, 1923, and confirmed May 9, 1937.

She attended Hodges Beauty College in Houston, graduating in 1944, returned to Brenham and worked at Blue Bird Beauty Parlor. She married Melvin Hugo June 14, 1947.

Their family expanded September 1950 with the birth of Janice. In 1954, they moved to Bellville. February 1957 Lloyd was born. February 1959 David was born.

Pearl worked with beauticians including Doris Lynn, Lillie Melcher, Lucille Bohne, and Patsy Marek. She also fixed hair at the nursing home. She sold Merle Norman cosmetics from home.

Pearl never missed a Little League game when Lloyd or David played. Bronchial problems didn’t allow her to sit out in the night air, so she would park outside the first base line fence. Watching from the driver’s seat, you knew when she was excited about a play—the horn would be honking like crazy!

Being a loving mom came easy - becoming a granny was even more fun! She never said no to her grandchildren staying with her. She made sure everyone was awake in the morning by saying, “splash some cold water on your face”.

Her passionate hobby was gardening vegetables. Because of back problems, she couldn’t garden at ground level, so brother Louis built her raised bed boxes. She enjoyed gardening this way for over 20 years, growing enough produce to feed our family, and share with friends and neighbors. The only rule was that she got the first meal of baby green beans. It was even better if red potatoes were ready to “snitch”. Canning cucumbers for garlic dill pickles became an annual project- lot of work, but everyone enjoyed the results.

She was an excellent cook-often there was an extra kid at the table-our friends knew that she would cook more than enough. She made the best smothered steak and gravy served with homemade bread. Her chocolate chip cookies were a labor of love. She also made creamy fudge at Christmas and birthdays. She never measured ingredients-just a pinch or dash - but we got everything measured and written down for a church cookbook. Those recipes are fall of love, and bring back memories of meals together as a family!

She joined the All Around Cowboy Church in Sealy in 2002. She loved going to services there and took notes every Sunday on the message that Pastor Sonny gave.

Our Heavenly Father released Pearl from her earthly dwelling on Aug. 26, 2011, and welcomed a very special soul into Heaven.

She is survived by son Lloyd Hugo, daughter Janice Wied and husband George, daughter-in-law Denise Hugo, grandchildren: Keith Hugo and girlfriend Mary Steckelberg, Lacie Hugo and fiance Lucas Luetge, Joshua Hugo, Buckshot Wied and wife Adrienne, and Mac Wied and wife  Rachel, great-grandchildren: Ashlynn Rae Wied and Bo Braden Wied, and baby Wied “on the way” in North Dakota. Sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Roland Lueckemeyer, brother and sister-in-law Louis and Lorette Gaskamp, sisters-in-law: Rosalee Gaskamp, Miriam Gaskamp, and Willie Mae Hugo, numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, friends, and extended church family.

Pearl was preceded in death by Melvin, infant son James, and son David, her parents Louis and Louise Gaskamp, sister Verda Gaskamp, brothers: Reuben, Leroy, Garrett, and Perry Gaskamp, sister-in-law Alice Hugo, brothers-in-law Clifford Hugo and Garrett Hugo, father-in-law and mother-in-law Henry and Ella (Hohlt) Hugo.

Funeral service was Sept. 1st at Memorial Oaks Chapel in Brenham. Pallbearers: Bill Bohne, Juan Gomez, Dwayne Haevischer, Sonny Kasparek, Rex Thumann, Cameron Slater, Dustin Slater.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Brazos Valley at 302 E. Blue Bell Rd., Brenham, Texas 77833
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