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Marjorie E. Perkins

1919 - 2010 BENNINGTON, VT Marjorie Elizabeth Moulton Perkins, 90, died peacefully on the evening of Tuesday, June 8, surrounded by the love of family and many friends. The family's thanks go to the many caregivers who tended her in these last days at The Village at Fillmore Pond, at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and from the At Home Senior Care agency.

She was born in 1919 in Ahmednager, India, the oldest of four daughters born to Congregational missionaries Joseph Langdon Moulton and Florence Hooper Moulton. Her childhood included extensive travel as the family returned periodically to the U.S. on furlough.

She returned permanently to the U.S to attend Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, from which she graduated in 1941 with a BA in biology. That same year, she married Elmer Perkins, and they lived for many years in South Berwick, Maine. She was a teacher, first at the elementary level, then in high school, where her passion for biology found expression in teaching various sciences. She also received two master's degrees from the University of New Hampshire and was for several years a Master Teacher, supervising student teachers at Somersworth (NH) High School.

After her retirement, she enjoyed more time for visiting with family here and abroad, and after the death of her husband "Perk" in 1982, she lived for a time in Auburndale, Mass., close to her daughter, then in Fairport, N.Y., to enjoy proximity to her sister Margrett. Finally, she came to Bennington at Deborah's request, as one of the earliest residents of The Village at Fillmore Pond, where she has enjoyed many activities and many new friends.

Marjorie was an avid reader, particularly of mystery fiction; a wordsmith, doing puzzles and writing doggerel; she knitted, sewed, embroidered; she was quick to become computer-literate and embraced the progress of electronic media. From the earliest days, she was an avid student and supporter of human adventures outside the confines our fragile blue planet. As increasing age limited her activities, she particularly enjoyed excursions by car into the lovely environs of Vermont and nearby New York and Massachusetts, and she loved to have lunch at a diner. A favorite summer trip took her to the shores of Seneca Lake, one of New York's beautiful Finger Lakes, to spend precious time with family.

Marjorie leaves her daughter, Deborah Perkins, of Bennington, and her son-in-law, Meredith (Jerry) Handspicker; her sister Ellen Bedington of Beckenham, England; her sister Margrett McFadden and brother-in-law, Robert, of Fairport, N.Y.; and her daughter-in-law Madeleine of Jacksonville, Fla. She also leaves four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Elmer Wentworth Perkins, her son, Edward William Perkins and her sister, Barbara Scott.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Arrangements have been entrusted to the HANSON-WALBRIDGE FUNERAL HOMES. A family memorial gathering will be arranged for later in the year, and she will be interred at the Woodlawn Cemetery in South Berwick, Maine, also at a date to be determined. For local friends and family, a ritual of remembrance will be part of the regular 10 a.m. worship service at Second Congregational Church, Hillside Street, on Sunday, June 20. All are welcome.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the church in memory of Marjorie. To send the family personal emailcondolences please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.



Published in Bennington Banner from June 10 to June 11, 2010
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