Stonington - Celia Ann Landon-Perry, beloved mother, wife, and nurse, died at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital on Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, at age 60, after battling lung cancer and pulmonary fibrosis.
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Born on Aug. 28, 1951, Celia was the daughter of Helen and William A. Henry of Mystic. She graduated from Stonington High School in 1969, and from Central Connecticut State University in 1973, where she majored in physical education. She was a devoted and talented teacher who had an openness and willingness to embrace all of her students from different walks of life. Celia then completed her master's of science in nursing, graduating with high honors from Mohegan Community College. She pursued her nursing career in many settings, eventually specializing in psychiatric nursing, where she provided compassionate care for her patients. In recent years, Celia was unable to maintain her nursing practice due to her illness, which was a huge loss for her.
Her two beautiful daughters, Shannon and Jenna, were the center of Celia's world, and she got so much joy as she nurtured them and watched them grow. She was an attentive mother who attended every baseball game, cheerleading competition, and school play in between. Celia was an amazing and committed mother who provided a solid foundation for Shannon and Jenna, which enabled them to blossom into the amazing young women that they are. Celia was their best friend, mentor, and role model and could not be more proud of them; everything she did in life was for them which fulfilled her immensely.
She married Brad Perry in 1991, and together they parented his three children, Russell, Caroline, and Jeffrey, as well as Celia's daughters.
Brad and Celia enjoyed reading, traveling, horseback riding, and taking walks on the beach. In addition, she was always concerned for and dedicated to the well being of her husband, and they just celebrated their 21st anniversary. She created a beautiful home with her keen eye for fashion which she furthered by constantly reading decorating and fashion magazines and extracting ideas. Celia also loved music, in particular the bluegrass music that her brother Billy would play, and she often took took pleasure in attending the regional bluegrass festivals where his band was performing.
As a sister and friend, Celia had a big heart, always wanting to help out and do something kind. In her younger years, Celia was one of the "Three Musketeers" with lots of energy and was always the life of the party. It was her great sense of fun and adventure combined with her mildly rebellious nature that made her a fun loving person and a devoted, giving friend and sibling! And her devoted dog, AJ, was her steadfast companion in the recent years of her life, following her wherever she went.
Celia is survived by her husband, Brad Perry of Stonington; her two daughters, Shannon Landon of Montvale, N.J., and Jenna Landon of Stonington; Brad's three children, Jeffrey, Caroline, and Russell Perry, all of Groton; her two sisters, Eileen Berube and husband, Danny, of Pawcatuck, and Sharon Henry and husband, Gary Solow, of Hinesburg, Vt.; her brothers, Brian Henry and wife, Patrice, of Mystic, and Bill Henry and wife, Sue, of North Stonington; 12 nieces and nephews; and many aunts and uncles and cousins.
She was predeceased by her mother, Helen M. Kelliher Henry (1976); her father, William A. Henry (1987); her nephew, Derek Berube (2007); and her brother, Joseph S. Henry (2012).
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at Mystic Funeral Home, Route 1, Mystic. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at St. Patrick's Church, 32 East Main St., Mystic. Burial will follow at St. Patrick's Cemetery, River Road, Old Mystic.
The family would especially like to thank the entire staff of the Lawrence & Memorial ICU team for their compassion, patience, and excellent care.
In July 2011, Celia unselfishly donated her stem cells to her brother Joe who had acute leukemia; he passed away in May of this year. In lieu of flowers, she would be honored if you considered a donation in Joe's memory to the "Closer to Free" bike ride on Sept. 8, 2012. The dollars raised will directly support patient care and research at the Yale Cancer Center. See http://www.rideclosertofree.org/ and click on "Support a Participant" and type in Sharon Henry.
For online condolences, please go to www.mysticfuneralhome.com
Published in The Day on Aug. 22, 2012