Dawn Perry

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Perry, Dawn SCHAGHTICOKE Dawn A. Perry, my dearest friend, died July 20, 2013 surrounded by her loving family and friends after an exhausting battle with cancer. Born in 1946, the only child of Lee and Helen Perry, Dawn grew up in the Watervliet/Latham area and graduated from Shaker High and Mildred Elley Business School. In 1968 she headed across country with two friends, spending time in San Francisco before heading on to the Hawaiian Islands, where she lived for nearly a decade. There she worked as a legal assistant and attended classes in the University of Hawaii Law School's newly created legal assistant program at Kapiolani Community College. She served on the advisory board of the program and was the first president of the Hawaii Association of Legal Assistants. Upon her return to the Capital District, she found local law firms were not using legal assistants at her level so she talked her way into a bookkeeping position and began studying accounting in the evenings. In 1995, after many years of night classes, she earned her BS in accounting from Siena College and began her career in not-for-profit finance serving as finance director for Catholic Charities Housing Office, Colonie Senior Service Centers, and retiring from Saratoga Rural Preservation Company (VetHELP & Saratoga Housing Services) in 2010 due to ill health. Dawn reluctantly leaves behind her adored husband of 23 years, Bob Duncan, whom she married in an amazingly memorable wedding ceremony in the vineyards of Benmarl in New Paltz in 1989. Dawn and Bob have had more than their share of health issues with Bob diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome in 1995 and Dawn with breast cancer in 1998. Never people to be defeated; they became advocates for blood and bone marrow donation, volunteering with the American Red Cross and, upon Dawn's diagnosis, with the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life and Making Strides events for nearly a decade. Dawn became a mentor, helping other women cope with breast cancer. She remained remarkably positive during her illness, often wearing really funny hats to her treatments after she lost her hair, and always finding humor in her situation. I will always admire her strength in the face of such adversity. During her 12 year remission, Dawn and Bob enjoyed life with many an adventure, traveling as a couple or as a pack with those of us fortunate enough to know and love them both. They loved our national parks, visiting Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, Zion, Bryce, Yosemite, and Yellowstone. They also visited Hawaii, Mexico, London, Paris, and Rome. I was lucky enough to accompany them on several Caribbean cruises and on a once in a lifetime trip to China in 2008. Their love of music and the arts led them to many a summer night at SPAC enjoying the symphony or ballet and to the week-long blues festival each year in Mont Tremblant in the Laurentiens. Dawn loved reading, dancing, crosswords, basking by the pool, swim aerobics, and playing with her dogs. She was generous, kind, loving, and thoughtful; she always had a smile for everyone. In addition to her devoted husband, Dawn is survived by two aunts, numerous cousins and her beloved "supporters": Laurie and Jack Burns, Carol Bishop-Panepinto, Janet Klopp, Kristen and Eric Batchelder, Linda Christensen, Jill McLellan-Phelps, Carol and Steve Moore, Gail D. Metzger and "Mom" Doris Reinhart, along with many others. Dawn said we all stood on the rim and cheered her on, that we helped bring God's light to her and to Bob. We all love her and will miss her forever. An ecumenical funeral service will be held for Dawn on Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Bowen & Parker Bros. Funeral Home, 97 Old Loudon Road, Latham. Interment will follow at 12 p.m. in the Gerald B.H. Solomon-Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville. Relatives and friends are invited to attend and may also visit at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4 until 8 p.m. Donations may be made in Dawn's name to the Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation (AAMDS) 100 Park Avenue, Suite 108, Rockville, MD 20850 or Saratoga Rural Preservation Company, 36 Church Street, Ballston Spa, N.Y. Please visit bowenandparkerbros.com to light a candle, to share a reflection or for directions.

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Published in Albany Times Union on July 23, 2013
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