Pearl Rossini Suit of Lake Village passed away on October 3, 2020 following a long illness.
She was born Pearl Ann Rossini on January 4, 1931 in Lake Village, Arkansas to Santo and Elvira Sampolesi Rossini.
Visitation will be held at Bishop-King Funeral Home on Thursday, October 8, from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. with Rosary to follow. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, October 9 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Lake Village. Family will receive visitors in the home following internment.
Pearl lived in Lake Village the majority of her life and several years in Hurst, Texas. Her greatest love was her family and she held a special bond with her Daddy, Santo “Papaw” Rossini, well- known in Lake Village and throughout the state of Arkansas for his farming and wine making.
She cherished her daughter, Celeste Suitt Hayes and her son, Douglas A. Suitt. Jr. Our “Gammy” loved and was so very proud of her grandchildren, Hunter and Sara Ashley, and also held a special place in her heart for her (as she would say) “Favorite” son-in-law, Charlie Hayes.
Pearl was full of joy and happiness and so loved and admired by her friends and family. As a Mother, wife and bookkeeper she lived her life to the fullest. You were blessed to be in her presence and felt the energy projected by her.
She worked for the Lake Village Independent School District as a bookkeeper for over 20 years and with her best friend of over 65 years, Joyce Vaught, enjoyed many escapades while traveling for work and pleasure throughout the United States. This duo worked hard, played hard, and more importantly laughed harder together and are considered the epitome of what true friendship is all about.
Hunter and Sara Ashley embraced their Gammy’s love and all the special memories they made together. Everyone enjoyed spending time together in her home, as she was the best southern hostess you could have ever imagined. One always had to go on a diet after visiting! On two visits she traveled to Iwakuni, and Okinawa, Japan, where Charlie and Celeste were stationed. There she became known as the “Blue and White Queen” by purchasing many vases, plates and figurines that grace her beautiful home she designed and built. While in Japan, she had the opportunity to attend a Marine Corps Ball. This formal affair was a highlight for her as she says she danced the night away with all the Generals. She was THE “Belle of the Ball” that night and absolutely the most beautiful lady there.
In these last five years she was blessed to have been lovingly cared for by her extended family: Faye Cooper, Marsha Barber, LaConda Thomas, ReDhonda McGhee, Jaime Stallans, Beatrice Clayborne, Sharon McJoy, Delores Poyner and Larry Miller, who, without them, the ability to live in her home she loved so much, would have been impossible. A special thank you to all who called and came to visit to brighten her days and a special mention to her nephew Freddie Rossini, who continually visited and serenaded her with his funny stories,, music and memories.
Pearl is survived by her daughter, Celeste S. Hayes and husband, Colonel Charles T. Hayes USMC Ret of Piperton, Tennessee; son, Douglas A. Suitt and wife, Pam of Hamburg; grandchildren, Major Hunter S. Hayes USMC and wife, Melissa A. Hayes of Oceanside, California, Sara Ashley Rathbone and husband, Captain Thegne Rathbone, Royal Canadian Air Force of Cold Lake Alberta, Canada; sister, Ann and husband, O.B. Bob Mazzanti, and many nieces and nephews.
Her loving husband of 39 years, Douglas A. Suitt preceded her in death along with her brothers, Bick and Francis Rossini and sister Ida Rossini, all from Lake Village.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Our Lady of The Lake Catholic Church, and Lakeside High School.