Jan. 13, 1957 - June 25, 2013
Emily Ann Perkins, 56, of Vacaville, passed away June 25, peacefully in her sleep. Emily retired after 30+ years with Lucky's Grocery.
A close friend of the family recently said, "She was the smile you knew would be waiting for you when you walked through the door, the second mother to an entire group of young men and women. Her greatest contribution is evident in all of us, that unconditional love that only an angel can display." If anyone spent a few minutes with Emily Perkins, they would know just how true this statement was. She departed us all so early and yet she touched more lives than many could hope to do in a lifetime. She was a daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and dear friend to so many. To put it simply, she was the best.
Emily lived her whole life as a third generation citizen of Vacaville.
She supported Vacaville High School athletics and also contributed much of her time in local pageants as a mentor to so many. She loved to watch the San Francisco 49ers on Sundays.
Emily enjoyed going on vacation to Santa Cruz with her family. Her greatest passion was her family. Emily deeply loved her husband, he was the love of her life. Emily's children were her pride and joy and her grandchildren were her world.
She was viewed as the most selfless person with a tremendous amount of love for so many.
Survivors include her husband of 33 years, Larry Perkins; daughter, Shawnee (Tom) Rapisarda; son, Joseph (Kristin) Perkins; mother, Theresa Lopez; three grandchildren, Joseph Daniel Perkins (JD), Thomas (Tommy) Joseph Rapisarda, and Juliana Rapisarda; also long time family and friends, aunt, Eleanor (Bill) Lopez; uncle, John (Jean) Lopez, and aunt, Annie (Joe) Lopez.
Preceded in death by father, Don McKinney.
A celebration of life will be held Friday, July 5, from noon to 3 p.m., at Vacaville Opera House.
Arrangements entrusted to the direction and care of McCune Garden Chapel, Vacaville.
Published in The Reporter on July 4, 2013