Pearl Cornell lived in Columbia for 100 years, loved gardening

Monday, August 27, 2012 | 5:01 p.m. CDT; updated 9:48 p.m. CDT, Monday, August 27, 2012

Pearl Cornell will be remembered for her love of gardening and loveable spirit.

Ms. Cornell was one of a few Columbians who lived in town for 100 years. To some, she was known as the nice neighbor who always busied herself with gardening. To others, she was the grandmother or the mother-in-law, who loved to spoil her loved ones with her cookies or homemade rolls.

“Family was her main concern,” said her daughter-in-law Delores Cornell. “She was a very nice, family-oriented and loveable person.”

Helen Pearl Cornell died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012. She was 101.

Ms. Cornell spent much of her time gardening and tending her lawn. She could often be seen driving her yellow Jeep across the pasture between her garden and home or driving her John Deere lawn mower, Delores Cornell said.

Ms. Cornell was born Dec. 13, 1910, in Boone County to Arthur and Lorena Basnett. With the exception of one year in southeast Missouri, Ms. Cornell spent her whole life in Columbia, Delores Cornell said.

On March 25, 1931, she married W.A. Dell Cornell and together they raised their son, James A. Cornell.

Mrs. Cornell is survived by her son James and his wife Delores; grandchildren, Brenda, Larry and his wife Patty, and Don and his wife Karen; great-grandchildren, Tim and his wife Kasey, Patrick, Chris, Tyler and Aubrie; two nephews and a niece.

Her husband, infant son and brother Carl Basnett died earlier.

Visitation, with services to follow, will be held from 1 to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 29, at Parker Funeral Service, 22 N. 10th St., Columbia, MO 65201. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery. Contributions can be sent to Bethel Baptist Church, 201 E. Old Plank Road, Columbia, MO 65203.

Supervising editor is Karen Miller.

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