Mary A. Perkins, 86, passed away peacefully at Crouse Hospital on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. The daughter of Burbank and Elsie Strout, she was born in Mechanic Falls, Maine on December 1, 1933. She attended Mechanic Falls High School where she was Valedictorian of her class, and then attended the University of Maine at Orono for two years.
She married Chester Perkins on September 13, 1953 and moved to Syracuse, New York and had their first son, Lawrence. They then made their home in Central Square and had two more sons, Kelvin and Timothy. In 1965, they built a home in Hastings, had a daughter, Cheryl, and happily lived there until 2017. Mary spent her years raising their children and keeping a beautiful home. She was very active in their church, The First Universalist Society of Central Square and held several different positions on their board. Mary was a talented crafter and enjoyed crocheting, sewing, cross stitching and painting. She was well known for her Christmas cookies and delicious baked goods. She completed cross word puzzles and watched Jeopardy every evening, often times knowing the answer when the contestants didn’t.
Mary, Chet and their family spent many summers in Maine at their camp on Green Pond. They enjoyed visiting with local family and friends and often hosted friends from New York as well.
Most recently, Mary resided at Keepsake Village Memory Care Facility in Liverpool.
Mary is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, Chester Perkins; her sons, Kelvin (Kim) Perkins, and Timothy (Tracey) Perkins; daughter, Cheryl (Robert Figger) Perkins; ten grandchildren; five great-grandchildren with two more on the way; brother, Byron (Barbara) Strout of Poland, Maine; and “Sister Dear” Margaret (Kenneth) Cox of Auburn, Maine and several nieces and nephews.
Mary was predeceased by her parents, Burbank and Elsie Strout; her son, Lawrence Perkins; brothers, Robert Howes and Thomas Strout; and sister, Dorothy Strout.
Due to COVID-19 concerns, a memorial service will be planned at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the First Universalist Society of Central Square or the Alzheimer’s Association.
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