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Martha Pearl Cooley Miller

October 12, 2013

Martha Pearl Cooley Miller, age 76, passed away Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, after a long illness. Pearl was born in Anson, Jones County, Texas, Feb. 22, 1937, to Earl Leo and Izora Mae (Moore) Cooley. She was the only girl of four children, with two older brothers: Charles Stanford and Joe Earl, and one younger brother, Burl Leo, all of whom survive her.
When she was a little girl, the family relocated from Anson to Dawson County, Texas, where her father raised dry-land cotton. There, she attended school in O’Donnell where she graduated high school in 1954. That was the year she made the acquaintance of her future husband, Edward Eugene Miller, of Tahoka, Texas. In September, with their two best friends, they drove across the state line to Oklahoma, and were married in Hollis, Harmon County.
Their first child, Gary Edward, was born a year later, followed in 1959 by Jeana Ruth and in 1967 by Gregory Lee. Pearl and Ed raised Gary and Jeana in Tahoka until the early 1960s, when they relocated to Big Spring, Texas, where Greg was born. There they were owners of an oilfield electric service company and in the mid-1970s, they started an agricultural transport company. Pearl helped manage the business and did the book-keeping for both companies and the ranch until this year, when her illness made it impossible to do so.
Pearl is preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Ed; her children, Gary and his wife Paula of Midland, Jeana Newman of Chapel Hill and Greg and his wife Tanya, also of Midland. She is also survived by six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at Stevens Funeral Home, 400 W. Pecan Street, Coleman, Texas. There will be a visitation at First Baptist Church in Tahoka, 1701 Avenue K, Tahoka, Texas, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14. The service will follow at 2:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church. Interment will be in the Nevels Cemetery in Tahoka, Texas. Services in Tahoka are under the direction of Combest Family Funeral Homes.
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