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Alverta L. Perkins


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Alverta L. Perkins

Shelburne - Born June 12, 1924 in South Bend, Indiana to Lynn and Irene Hagenbush Leighty. Died in Burlington January 19, 2018 after a short illness.

In 1945 Alverta graduated from Epworth Hospital Nursing School in South Bend as a Registered Nurse. She married Bradford Marr Perkins in 1946 and moved to Montpelier, VT. She lived in Vermont for the rest of her life except for a few years spent in Manchester, NH. Bradford predeceased her in 2001. After raising her three children, she attended and graduated from the University of Vermont in 1976 with a degree in Professional Nursing. She was employed at various times at Mary Fletcher Hospital (now the UVM Medical Center), the Burlington Community Health Center, Birchwood Nursing Home, VPSRO, and as a reviewer for Vermont Medicaid.

Alverta worked with Women Helping Battered Women and the Rape Crisis Center during the '70's and '80s. She was a longtime activist for women's rights and gay and lesbian rights. She received one of the first Susan B. Anthony awards from the YWCA.

At age 75, Alverta began competing in the Senior Games in track and field, training at the UVM indoor track. She threw the javelin and shot put, and loved the long jump. A high point for her was competing in the 2005 Senior Olympics at age 81.

Alverta is survived by her three children: Doug Perkins and wife Chree of Leicester, VT, Lynne Pirkkanen and husband Perry of Salisbury, VT, and Steve Perkins and wife Mary of East Calais, VT. She also is survived by her six grandchildren: Tasi Perkins, Alex Perkins and wife Katy, Jake Pirkkanen, Erin Pirkkanen, Lauren Williams and husband Justin, and Lindsey Perkins. She also is survived by her two great grandchildren: Devin Perkins and Grayson Williams.

A memorial service will be held at 12:30 pm on Saturday, February 10th, at the Burlington Friends Meeting, 173 North Prospect Street, Burlington, VT. A celebration of her life will follow. In the spring she will be buried next to her husband in East Calais, Vermont. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Alverta's name to Steps to End Domestic Violence (formerly Women Helping Battered Women) or to any chapter of the Humane Society of Vermont.
Published in The Burlington Free Press on Feb. 1, 2018
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