Pearl Decker Forman

by | Oct 25, 2013 | Obituaries

Virginia Beach —Pearl Decker Forman, 94, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013.

Pearl was born in South Norfolk, Va., often called Berkley. She was one of two daughters and two sons of Benjamin (Ben) and Jennie Decker. Pearl attended Henry Clay Elementary School, Ruffner Junior High School, and graduated from Maury High School in 1938. Pearl worked for her parents who had a store on Church Street and a store in the Norfolk City Market. Her primary work activity over the years was as a bookkeeper for various firms in Norfolk.

Her husband, Sidney, predeceased Pearl in 2008. They met when she was serving as a USO hostess in Norfolk during WWII . They were married in October 1945 and established their residence on Mayflower Drive in Norfolk. They lived there for several years until moving to Chesapeake and finally Virginia Beach.

Pearl enjoyed various hobbies such as Mah Jong, sewing, knitting, and embroidery work. She also enjoyed fishing and crabbing. One of her greatest accomplishments was the establishment of a local travel club, which provided various trips for members within and outside Virginia.

Pearl is survived by her son, Edward A. Forman and his wife, Sherry R. Pressman- Forman and her son, Jeffrey M. Forman and his wife Patricia A. Forman.

Pearl was laid to rest next to her beloved husband, Sidney in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Tree of Life III section, Norfolk. Donations to the Kempsville Volunteer Rescue Squad (KVRS), P.O. Box 62345, Virginia Beach, VA 23466. Online condolences may be offered at