Geraldine Rabb Perkins

New Orleans, Louisiana


New Orleans, Louisiana


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Geraldine Rabb Perkins peacefully passed on to the next stage on June 6, 2020. She was born in Woodville, Mississippi to the late James E. and Beulah T. Rabb. She was preceded in death by her husband, US Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Harang J. Perkins; her sibling Lee G. Rabb; her brother-in-law Joseph Wesley; and her sister-in-law Letetia Nelson. She leaves behind her daughters Lisa C. Perkins Pankey (Troy Pankey), Jill T. Perkins (John S. Davis), Kwame M. Perkins, Tristan R. Perkins, Enola S. Perkins (NOPD Officer Randolph Daniel), and Valerie Hesse; grandchildren Tristan, Alexandra, Jalen, Ava, and RJ; and great-grandson Preston James "Bear". She is survived by her siblings, James Rabb (Janice), Alvin Rabb (Linda), Cynthia Rabb Adams (Lenard), Shirley Rabb-Wesley and numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her life-long friend Henry P. Scie. She will be missed by her neighbors Rob, Sofia, Kim, and Andy as well Johnnie Jones and the congregation of Shy Temple (Atlanta, GA) of which she was a member. Geraldine also leaves behind numerous friends that she has met along the way. Geraldine always said she only had to do two things in life, and she did them both, but she did so much more. Geraldine lived a long and fulfilling life. She traveled and experienced different people and places as a military spouse and on her own. She graduated from Booker T. Washington High School, attended Booker T. Washington Nursing School, Olympia Community College (WA), St. Mary's Dominican College, and Loyola University. She was always curious, embraced learning, and loved a good fight – always ready for battle, be it physical or mental. She could sit with you and learn your entire life story and offer comfort and wise words to help you know what you needed to do next and prepare you for life. She loved a good meal and a good drink - sharing good food with family and friends. Geraldine embodied resiliency and active caring. She enjoyed all kinds of music, passing this on to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchild. She was a first responder at both the Audubon Zoological Institute and the Aquarium of the Americas. At Harrah's Casino, Geraldine was a VIP greeter and brought the best of New Orleans to visitors. She also was a volunteer for St. Mary's Academy, Kipp Academy, and Hawthorne Elementary (Atlanta, GA). Geraldine will never be forgotten. She was and will always be a true original. She will be remembered for her love of life and quick wit. The family would like to thank the staff of Touro Infirmary, especially 3rd floor ICU, M8, the Cancer Treatment Center, and Touro at Home, for their support. They also appreciate the kindness and care of Dr. Scott Sonnier, Dr. Christopher Lege, Dr. Sudhanva Wadgaonkar, Dr. John Freiburg, and all their office staff. A celebration of life service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations to the Touro Cancer Program be made in memory of Geraldine Rabb Perkins via The Touro Infirmary Foundation - Professional Service Entrusted to: Littlejohn Funeral Home, 2163 Aubry Street, Cal K. Johnson, Funeral Director/Manager, (504) 940-0045.

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I am so sorry for your loss. Sending love and light your way

In loving memory of the Best Auntie in the World. I will Love and Miss you until we see each other again in Paradise! To My Cousins Jus know If you need me anytime of the day or night please Know I'm here for YA'LL!

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.

Aunt Gerri was soft spoken and so sweet. She had a passion for education and learning.

I never really got a chance to meet Mrs. Perkins, however from reading obituary I really wish I did. Kwame told a lot about her and as I read this obituary She definitely hit the nail on the head. I remember a few times where I wasnt guided or maybe just a little lost and confused. Kwame stepped in and was more than willingly to listen to me and my problems but also offer advice and maybe a solution just as Geraldine would. I think its safe to assume that Geraldine rubbed off on Kwame and...

I had the pleasure of spending time with Geraldine watching my son and her grandson at Tiger Rock. She was such a character and fun to talk to. One time after class, her and I took the boys to eat Vietnamese food for dinner. She was so kind and loved her family. My father also enjoyed talking with her at Tiger Rock. She would always joke with him. We are sorry she is gone but happy we were fortunate to spend good times with her. Much love and peace ❤

Geraldine and Lee Gus were our class members at Booker T. Washingto, class of 1961. But she was also a classmate at Alfred C. Priestley Junior High. Geraldine always seemed mature beyond her years and carried herself with great dignity.Knowing her was a pleasure. We extend our deepest sympathy to the Rabb/Perkins family. You have suffered a great loss
May God comfort you always.
Sincerely, Luticha Alcorn Petkins and Roger Perkins, Sr
BTW class of 1961