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Ruth E. (Schroeder) Perkins


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Ruth E. (Schroeder) Perkins Obituary
Ruth E. (Schroeder) Perkins, 94, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. A resident of Alamogordo since 1958, she will be sorely missed by her family and many friends.

Ruth was born on Aug. 16, 1919, in the Bronx, N.Y., to Hugo and Johanna (Aherns) Schroeder. Ruth spent her childhood years in Hempstead on Long Island. Her father was a traveling salesman and moved the family to Fayetteville, N.C., where Ruth graduated from High School in 1937 as the "Most Studious" person in her class. The family moved back to New York and Ruth worked part-time jobs until meeting her first husband, Nile Hale. They married on Aug. 3, 1941, and were transferred to the Air Force Base at Windsor Locks, Conn.

They were living there on Pearl Harbor Day, and like all Americans, the next five years brought changes and long separations. Ruth first began working as a secretary in a law office during the war. Ruth began her Civil Service career at Hillsgrove AFB, Providence, R.I. The family was transferred every few months to other bases including those in Boston, Mass.; Seymour Ind.; Ft. Knox, Ky.; and Bradley AFB, Conn.

After World War II ended, while her husband was serving overseas, Ruth returned to New York and worked as a secretary for Butler Brothers Catalog. During this time Ruth remembered, with friends she took the subway out to Coney Island on the weekend, visits to Staten Island by ferry (enjoying the beach and a five-cent hotdog) and seeing the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Ruth's first son, Wayne Hale, was born on Nov. 5, 1948, in Rome N.Y., where the family was stationed. After being transferred to Brookley AFB, in Mobile, Ala., her second son, Barry Hale, was born on Nov. 11, 1953. Shortly after, the family received orders for Japan and, during the five years they were there, her third son, Alan Hale, was born on March 7, 1958.

In July of 1958, they were transferred to Holloman AFB, N.M., Ruth told the story of traveling from California in a 1949 Buick Roadmaster pulling a 36-foot trailer, trying to pull it up St. Augustine Pass, waiting for it to cool off after the sun went down. Ruth stayed home while the boys were young, going back to her Civil Service career at Holloman AFB as a secretary in 1966. She worked as a secretary for the federal government for a total of 38 years before retiring in 1996.

In 1981, Ruth married her second husband J. C. Perkins at Bethel Baptist Church. They had 21 years of fun and happiness before Jay passed away in January of 2003 at the age of 92. Ruth was an active member of Bethel Baptist Church since 1966. She sang in the choirs, worked in Sunday school and with the youth group with the love of music passed down from her parents. She also enjoyed being in the community chorus for 40 years. For many years, Ruth volunteered in the Women's Auxiliary at the Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center, serving until a month before her passing.

Ruth was preceded in death by her beloved husband, J. C. Perkins, son Wayne Hale and sister Hazel Voll. She is survived by her sons Barry Hale and Alan Hale, daughter-in-law Cynthia Hale, grandchildren Jeremy Hale and wife Catherine, Audra Rodgers, Zachary Hale and Tyler Hale; great-grandsons Jonathan and Dakota Rodgers; and dear friends Pat and Jack Crabtree.

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Ruth Perkins, a strong, wonderful woman who lived as an example to us all, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at Bethel Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Gerald Champion Women's Auxiliary.

Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Jan. 3 to Feb. 2, 2014
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