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Mystic - Emily S. Perkins, 92, of Mystic, passed away on Feb. 23, 2013.

Emily was born on June 4, 1920, on Allyn Street in Mystic, to the late Seymour A. Stoddard Sr. and Artis Zoe Stoddard. She was a member of the Robert E. Fitch Senior High School, class of 1938, and attended business school in New London after graduating from high school.

She married Richard A. Perkins Sr. at her parents' home on Allyn Street in Mystic on Dec. 18, 1942. They were married for 55 years until Richard's passing in 1997.

Emily was employed at the Joel Thread Manufacturing Co., in Mystic, as a secretary for a decade before working at Electric Boat, where she was a secretary in the maintenance department, retiring after 25 years of dedicated service in 1983.

She was a member of several community and service organizations throughout her life, including Mystic Hook and Ladder Auxiliary, Mystic Rod and Gun Club, Union Baptist Church of Mystic, Daughters of the American Revolution, and Eastern Star. In addition, she volunteered her time at the Mystic Historical Society where she served as a docent and helped transcribe letters and documents.

Emily had many interests, including spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved to travel, especially to Ohio, Vermont, Alaska, and South Carolina. She also loved to knit, crochet, sew, and cross-stitch. It was not uncommon for family to get handmade sweaters at Christmas and homemade cross-stitch cards for birthdays and anniversaries, as well as Christmas. In addition, she used her knitting talents to make hats and mittens for the Warm Hats for Cool Kids program in Groton.

She is survived by her son, James T. Perkins and his wife, Rose, of Ohio; her daughter-in-law, Sally Perkins of Mystic; four grandchildren, Paulette Reinke of Ohio, Maureen Perkins of Manchester, Christina Vance of Ohio, and Darlene Lemmon of Waterford; and four great-grandchildren.

Emily was predeceased by her husband and her son, Richard A. Perkins Jr., who passed in 2011.

The family would like to express their thanks to the staff at Apple Rehab for the tremendous care they gave and the love they showed Emily during the time she was there.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Dinoto Funeral Home, 17 Pearl St., Mystic. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 1, at the funeral home. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Mystic River Historical Society, PO Box 245, Mystic, CT 06355.

To share a message of condolence or remembrance with her family, please visit www.dinotofuneral.com.
Published in The Day on Feb. 27, 2013
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