Pearl's husband Albert and son Jack worked at the Weatherfield Main Colliery and both were among the missing after the cave-in disaster of 1906 which left 37 men unaccounted for. Pearl was devastated at the loss of her husband and son but fortunately she was not left alone as she'd ensured that her younger son Ronnie didn't work at the mine as he had a weak chest, and some months after the incident she gave birth to another son, Bertie.
Pearl was very houseproud and this extended to her profession. She was employed as housekeeper and cleaner at the Rover's Return and was very close to landlady Nellie Corbishley. In 1910, Pearl suffered the heartbreak of the death of Bertie from tuberculosis but delight as Ronnie, who had married Rose Weaver in 1909, moved into a carriage house. Nellie invited Pearl to move into the Rovers. Ever the faithful friend, Pearl also accompanied the Corbishleys when they left Weatherfield for Little Hayfield in 1918.