RIPLEY - Lena Elizabeth (Mitchell) Perkins, age 98, of Cass St., Westfield, N.Y., formerly of Petersburg and Richmond, Va., died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at Absolut Care of Westfield.
Lena was born on Nov. 8, 1913, in Petersburg, V., the daughter of the late Benjamin and Florence Estelle (Irvin) Mitchell.
She had been employed by the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., as a student coordinator.
Lena Elizabeth (Mitchell) Perkins
Lena moved to Westfield from Richmond, Va., in the mid 1990's to be closer to her family. She enjoyed needlepoint and shopping with her great grandchildren, who were the love of her life. She was an avid reader of current events and enjoyed being up to date on politics and news. Lena was friendly and outgoing. She was affectionately known by her friends in Westfield and Ripley as "Our Southern Belle."
Survivors include her daughter, Patricia (Don) Barger, Sr., of Ripley, N.Y.; her grandchildren,
Terry (Kerry) Woody of Milwaukee, Wis., Donald E. (Ed) Barger, Jr., and his wife Patti of Westfield, Robin Ann Barger of Lancaster, Calif., and Melissa (James) Flynn of Fairview, Pa.; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Nelson C. Perkins whom she married on Jan. 5, 1932, in Virginia and who died on July 5, 1944;two great-grandchildren, Thomas Earl Barger and Leslie Jane Barger; three sisters, Ruby Orton, Thelma Sullivan and Estelle Mitchell; and brother, Frank Irvin Mitchell.
Friends called on Saturday, Oct. 20 at the First Presbyterian Church of Ripley, 20 W. Main St., from 1 p.m., until the time of services there at 2 p.m., with Rev. Philip Johnson, officiating. Burial was in Blanford Cemetery in Petersburg, Va.
Memorials may be made to The First Presbyterian Church of Ripley, 24 W. Main St.t, Ripley, N.Y. 14775.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the MASON Funeral Home, 37 Clinton St., Westfield, N.Y. 14787. Log on to www.masonfuneral.com to send Lena's family a message of sympathy.