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Shirley Perkins

Des Moines

Shirley M Perkins 89 of Des Moines, formerly of Fort Dodge died Sunday, May 05, 2013 in Des Moines. Funeral Services will be Friday 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Fort Dodge. Interment will be in North Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday 5 to 7 at the Celebration Room at Friendship Haven. The Historic Bruce Funeral Home assisted family with arrangements.

Shirley Marie Jervis Perkins was born June 1, 1923 in Des Moines, IA to John and Edna (Keating) Jervis. She graduated from East High School in Des Moines in 1941 and attended State Teacher College. She worked for United Airlines from 1942 to 1943 in San Francisco and Denver as Plane to Ground Communications. She then worked for several government agencies in 1944 and volunteered for USO in Des Moines. She served in the United States Navy during WWII and was discharged in February 1945. Shirley worked for the Omaha Council of Camp Fire Girls from March 1945 to September 1946.

Shirley was united in marriage to Donald Perkins on September 29, 1946 and to this union three children were born; Craig, Bruce, and Nancy. The family moved to Fort Dodge in 1948.

After her husband's death in 2011 she moved to Des Moines. On May 5, 2013 Shirley Marie Perkins died at Ramsey Village in Des Moines.

She is survived by her children; D. Craig (Patricia) Perkins of Houston, TX, Bruce (Kay) Perkins of Ontonagon, MI and Nancy Perkins of West Des Moines, IA. five grandchildren; Brad, Aaron, Alyssa, Megan, and Wesley, and five great grandchildren; Whitney, Daniel, Zoe, Ava, and Jayden.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

The family sends a special thank you to the staff at Ramsey Village, especially to the nurses and aids at Bridges.

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Published in Des Moines Register on May 8, 2013
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