Pearl Virginia Teeter was born Nov. 26, 1909, in Bothell, Washington, to Mathilda and Martin Johnson, who emigrated from Norway through Ellis Island before Pearl was born.
Mathilda died when Pearl was an infant, and when Pearl was about 4 years old, Martin was forced to find adoptive homes for her and her five siblings due to his failing health.
Archie and Julia Allan, who lived in Anacortes, Washington, adopted Pearl. Pearl graduated from Anacortes High School and was a member of the Torch Honor Society there. She graduated from Whitman College with an English major and music minor.
She studied piano throughout her youth, and at Whitman College she accompanied vocal students for their recitals. One of those students was Kenneth Teeter. Pearl graduated from college during the Great Depression, and because there were no teaching jobs, she worked as a clerk in the Allan’s grocery stores in Anacortes, and then attended Business College in Seattle. Kenneth Teeter found her there again, and they began to date. They were married in December of 1935. They had four daughters. Jeannine (Napuunoa) and Sylvia (Parks) were born in Anacortes, Linda (O’Malley) in Hood River and Virginia (Slifcak) in Medford.
Ken became a Texaco distributor and moved the family to Medford in 1943. When Pearl was about 42, she took up the game of golf. After that, she and Ken had many happy times playing at the Rogue Valley Country Club and at Cedar Links. They took their clubs with them almost everywhere they traveled around the state. They attended the Pebble Beach tournament many times and loved to watch golf matches on television. Pearl continued to play well into her 80s. Ken passed away in 1997, and Pearl continues to live in the home they shared, assisted by her daughters, Sylvia and Linda, and by wonderful caregivers.
Pearl has 13 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren. Pearl will celebrate her 107th birthday Nov. 26, 2016.