A memorial gathering of friends and family of Pearl Estelle Ulmer is to be held at the John M. Taylor Funeral Home, 147 Duke of Gloucester Street, on Monday, May 15, from 12:00 to 1:30 pm.
Born in Washington, DC, on October 2, 1920, Pearl Ulmer died of natural causes on August 16, 2016 in Annapolis, to which she had moved just a few years before to be closer to her daughter Jean Opilla.
Most of her life had been spent in Washington, DC, Muncy, PA, and Falls Church, VA. She was in the first class to graduate from Anacostia High School (1937) and met her late husband Don E Ulmer when they attended the Lewis Hotel Training School together in Washington, DC.
She served as a telephone operator at the Navy Yard during World War II while her husband was in the U.S. Air Force overseas. After the war, the two of them raised their family and owned a handsome country inn, Ashurst Manor, overlooking the Susquehana River outside of Muncy, PA.
In 1961, she returned to the Washington, DC area, living first in Arlington, VA, and then in Falls Church. She returned also to her work as a telephone operator, with A T & T and later Verizon.
Pearl Ulmer is survived by her daughters Donna Chitwood of San Antonio, TX, and Jean Opilla of Annapolis and her grandson Christopher Opilla also of Annapolis.
Her love of writing and drawing inspired both her daughters and her grandson. Either of her daughters will tell you she was just about the best mother in the world; and anyone who knew her would be eager to add that she was bright, beautiful, warm, imaginative, and fun to be around.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in honor of Pearl Ulmer to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, via cbf.org (Donations - Make a Gift in Honor) or mail: Attn: Membership Department, 6 Herndon Avenue, Annapolis 21403; phone:410-268-8816.