Perkins, Shirley

Mrs. Shirley Perkins, of Avon passed away peacefully, Friday, (March 1st, 2013) at the Hospital of Central Connecticut at New Britain with family by her side. Born in 1927 the first of two daughters to William F. Stevens and Madeline Stevens (nee Holmes) in Farmington, she is survived by a son, Edward, of Lubbock, TX and a granddaughter, Krista of Hollywood, CA. Shirley was predeceased by her husband, Edward Sr. in 2001. Like many women of her time, Shirley “wore many hats.” During World War II she helped her mother with parachute assembly, got her first job at Travelers after the war, and soon married. She made her home of 61 years on Huckleberry Hill and began work at the avant-garde fashion center Myrtle Mills but eventually found a career at the then Plainville Bank and Trust Company where she was employed over 25 years. She was truly a “working Mom.” Yet, her calling and master craft was always people. She was the force behind her husband’s school plays, a den mother for her son, a “big Sis” to Betty, and always willing to spend hours on the phone with her granddaughter, Krista. Almost without exception, friends and neighbors who got to know her grew even closer to her over time. She was a counselor for girls of all ages who sought companionship, advice or friendship, and always an uncritical listener. She defended the weak, loved shelties and going to the Senior Center. Over the course of her life she developed a practical philosophy. The daughter of an accomplished gardener, creation was her sacred text and her home and garden her sanctuary. She thought that squirrels seeking to pilfer bird seed from feeders were Philistines and needed to be dealt with severely. As an ardent supporter of the second amendment, she furthermore knew that black bears with ill intents merited a BB in the buttocks. Small animals needed protection, and the size of the wrong doer could not justify the compromise of such important principles. Like all good Yankee women, she understood the secret of life was finding the sublime in the simple. A dinner of remembrance will be held on Thursday, March 14th at 6:30PM in George’s Pizza in Unionville. Donations in Shirley’s honor may be directed to Friends of Animals, the Audubon Society, and Tri-State Shetland Sheepdog Rescue.

Calling Hours

Funeral Service

Dinner of Remembrance: Thursday, March 14th at 6:30PM in George’s Pizza in Unionville


Memorial Contribution

Friends of Animals, the Audubon Society, and Tri-State Shetland Sheepdog Rescue.

One Response to 'Perkins, Shirley'

  1. Cynthia and Delma at Dr.Babu's office says:

    We knew Shirley for a number of years and will always remember her positive disposition and good sense of humor. We are glad she is finally free from pain and finally has peace. We will miss her.

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