Bernice Pearl: A Neighborhood Gem

IMG_1327Bernice Pearl moved to Santa Fe five years ago from NYC when her husband died and, as she says, she “doesn’t waste a minute.”  She is 81 years old and, because she loves kids, chose to live in the Vista Linda apartment complex off Airport Road rather than in a retirement community.  She has  an open door policy for neighborhood kids who need a safe place to rest, relax, talk, and make art.  In her spare time she knits hats.  Last year she made 825 hats, all which she gave to charity.  She made 91 hats this January, and so is on track to break her record.  I talk to her and some of her kids at her south side apartment.  And Jim Atwood has a New Mexico Minute on Tax Lightning.  This show will air on KSFR on March 30, at 1:30.

Listen to the show (Ep. #39):


… or Subscribe in iTunes and listen on your phone.  Search Santa Fe Stories in iTunes.

Photos of the hats and a few of bernice’s kids.

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6 Responses to Bernice Pearl: A Neighborhood Gem

  1. Jeanne Spira says:

    Beautiful story about an extraordinary person. Thanks, Nancy!

  2. Jerry says:

    This is so precious. If only more seniors would take this path.

  3. Leslie Nathanson says:

    This was absolutely precious! Who wouldn’t want to spend time with this extraordinary woman?

  4. Shirley Klinghoffer says:

    I am so happy you are recognizing my dear friend, Bernice Pearl, who is truly a Santa Fe “treasure” !

  5. Anonymous says:

    I am so happy that you discovered my wonderful friend Bernice Pearl She is truly a Santa Fe treasure!

  6. Stacy Pearl says:

    This is such a lovely piece, thanks so much!

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