Pearl A. Minor, a homemaker who was acclaimed for her cooking skills, died of cancer Tuesday at her Ellicott City home. She was 81.
Pearl Ann Gunn was born and raised in Jonesville, Va., where she graduated from public schools.
In 1953, she married Milam S. Minor, an automobile painter, and the couple settled in Waverly.
"Pearl's life was her family. Being born into a large family, she cultivated at an early age a generous and loving heart," said Todd Butler, a friend who lives in Ellicott City.
"She was a wonderful cook, and there was always an extra place at the table for one more stranger soon to become a friend," he said.
"Her homemade fried chicken became one of her signature dishes and was a frequent attraction not only for her family and friends but also for the local police officers who would drop by," said Mr. Butler.
In addition to cooking, Mrs. Minor enjoyed entertaining family and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Bon Secours Conference Center, 1525 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville.
Mrs. Minor is survived by two sons, Gene Minor and Michael Minor, both of Baltimore; two daughters, D. Lynn Foote of Ellicott City and Debbie Minor of Fuquay-Varina, N.C.; two sisters, Josie Copenhaver of Roanoke, Va., and Ina Gollahon of Jonesville, Va.; and five grandchildren.