ILWACO - Ilwaco resident Pearl Deccio, 80, died peacefully July 16, 2007, at a local care facility. The daughter of Jesse and Goldridge (Johns) Trickle, she was born at home on a houseboat on the Columbia River, at Ridgefield, on April 9, 1927. She grew up in Ridgefield where she attended high school and was always proud to be a "Spudder."
Members of her family had lived locally for many years and she was a frequent visitor. In 1965 she moved to Long Beach where she met and married Dale "Doc" Deccio. He died in 1993.
Mrs. Deccio was a wife, mother and homemaker. She and Mary Lou Mandel shared the same birth date and she bartended for Mary Lou at her famous tavern in downtown Long Beach. She also later worked at Jesse's Seafood in Ilwaco. Her husband's family had operated the Seaview Riding Academy for many years and she had ridden there in past years. After her marriage she and Doc operated that business as well.
To know her was to never forget her. She was literally the life of the party. Her sense of humor, love of people and her outreach to any and everyone were well known. She enjoyed country music, ceramics and playing rummy. To say that she was an avid bowler is an understatement. Always on the outlook for bargains, she loved trips to Dollar Stores. Trips to her daughter and son-in-law's mountain cabin at Packwood were enjoyed and she always had time for a pet. Her family was number one with her and they will cherish memories of this truly unique lady who was one of a kind.
Survivors include her children Cheryl and Jim Pells of Long Beach, John and Melody Barnes of Raymond, Kenneth Tallmon of Denver, Colo., Bobbie and Jerry Bruner of Seaview, Clifford Tallmon of Estacada, Ore., Jeff Deccio of Long Beach and Carol and Dale Thompson of Beaverton, Ore.; grandchildren, Melanie, John, Tamara, Rebecca, Josh, Melissa, Jennifer, Amanda, Michele, Jolene and DeWayne; several great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Also surviving are her longtime friend Clare Mansfield and her beloved canine companion Honey.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, at Penttila's Chapel by The Sea, Long Beach. Graveside service follows at Ilwaco Cemetery and a reception then follows at Surf Pines in Ilwaco. The casket will be open on Friday, July 20 from noon until 5 p.m. at Penttila's Chapel. Memorials may be made to the South Pacific County Humane Society, P.O. Box 101, Long Beach, WA 98631. The guest book may be signed at www.penttilaschapel.com.