Louise D. Perkins
1925 - 2018
John F. Herron Funeral Home
458 Center & Market Streets
Bethlehem, PA
Louise "Petey" Dixon DuBois Perkins of Bethlehem, PA and Tyringham, MA died peacefully on Monday April 23rd, 2018 in Bethlehem, PA after a very short illness. She was born September 22, 1925 in New York City, the daughter of Arthur Mason DuBois and Marie Louise Dixon DuBois. She attended the Lawrence School in Hewlett, Long Island and graduated from Garrison Forest School in 1942 and from Barnard College in 1946 where she was President of her Senior Class. She married Edward "Ned" Clifford Perkins in Lenox, MA in 1947. They lived first in New York City where she taught at Brearley and Spence Schools while Ned attended Columbia Law School and first practiced law with Cravath, Swaine and Moore, and then moved to Bethlehem in 1955 where Ned became Assistant General Counsel for the Bethlehem Steel Corporation. They spent every summer in their house "Glencote" in Tyringham, MA, where Petey was a long time member of the Hop Brook Club. Petey was a communicant of the Cathedral Church of the Nativity since 1955. She was a founding member of the Society for the Arts at the Allentown Art Museum, President of the Bethlehem Junior League, Trustee of Moravian Preparatory School as it merged into Moravian Academy, and President of Talbot Hall, the Episcopal Diocese's home for teenage girls. Since 1980 she served as an Associate Chaplain with the Pastoral Care Department of St. Luke's Hospital in Bethlehem. She loved her husband Ned and together they raised five children, ten grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Affectionately known by her family as "Boss Lady", she took a proprietary interest in the happiness and well being not only of her family and her children and their offspring and significant others, but also of the children of her many friends, and indeed of everybody she met, whether on the street or in a shop or through her years of listening to those in need at the hospital. She was predeceased by her husband Ned in 2002, and daughter-in law Eve Lehman Perkins in 2009. She leaves a brother Dr. John Jay DuBois of Lenox, MA, her children Louie Hoblitzell (and her husband Alan) of Vero Beach FL, Ned Perkins (and his wife Cathy) of Bennington VT, Jamie Perkins of Stamford CT, David Perkins of Short Beach, CT, and Kate Perkins of Reading, PA, and her grandchildren Max, Kate, Emily, Matthew, Luc, Ben, Sarah, Eliza, Madeline and Sam, and her great-grand-children Logan and Michaela. She was thrilled to be present at the wedding of her granddaughter Kate Hoblitzell to Jackson Yang in New York City a week and a day before her death, where in a strong voice she blessed the couple with a blessing from the Book of Common Prayer. She gave all her heart for ninety-two years – she loved all who were with her, and in the end she gave it all. SERVICE: A celebratory service of Petey's life will be held from the Cathedral Church of the Nativity 321 Wyandotte Street Bethlehem on May 4, 2018 2 pm and in Tyringham, Union Church, July 7 at 2pm. Funeral arrangements by the John F. Herron Funeral Home, Bethlehem, PA www.herronfuneralhomes.com CONTRIBUTIONS: In lieu of flowers to the Cathedral church of the Nativity or to St. Luke's Pastoral Care Department c/o Development Office 801 Ostrum .
Published by Morning Call on Apr. 29, 2018.
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Celebration of Life
Cathedral Church of the Nativity
Bethlehem, PA
Celebration of Life
Union Church
Tyringham, MA
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To all the Perkins family,
I was saddened to read of your mom's passing but couldn't help but think that this happened just the way she wanted it. I was so pleased to have been able to have hosted her 90th birthday celebration for the family at Morningstar Inn and meet all of you--even though my meat loaf didn't stand up to the family recipe!
The Boss Lady also gave me a great gift--the confidence to complete needlework projects that had been sitting in my stash for over 20 years over a toasted cheese sandwich at Kirkland. I'll think of her every time I stitch. A special woman indeed.
Cheers, Virginia Hadam
May 10, 2018
Peggy Fulmer
May 8, 2018
Dear Perkins family: I was sad to hear the news from my mom. I cherished both of your parents; such wonderful memories of them on Market and High Streets. Your mom had a knack of making you feel that you were your own person, not Bill and Peggy's daughter, not just another neighborhood kid. Every time I was in her presence I somehow always, always got a kick out of her . . . so smart, so loving yet respectfully "tough".. I was just talking about the Perkins - coming over to feed Dinah, having to wear a skirt to dinner (even if your shirt had Kool Aid stains on it, you still had to wear one) and trying to put puzzles together on the coffee table (without the puzzle box picture present). And just to add, your mother was there just a few hours before my father passed at St Luke's - how wonderful to have her there in friendship and in faith . . . I don't have to say much more except lucky were we to know Petey Perkins. Sniff.

Much love,

Christine (Fulmer) Wright
May 6, 2018
Thoughts and prayers.

Michael Cosby
May 4, 2018
I was so sad to learn of Mrs.P.'s passing. I will miss our annual holiday cards, letters and photos that we shared over the past 47 years since being neighbors in Bethlehem. She was a gracious, classy, smart and confident lady. I was honored to share her love and caring nature. Although I cannot be in PA today, I will join the July service in Tyringham. With my very best regards to all, Kathy
Kathy Bringenberg Misunas
May 4, 2018
Kathy Bringenberg Misunas
May 4, 2018
David Clewell
May 2, 2018
Dear Louie and family,
Our sincere condolences. What a fabulous legacy and life to celebrate on May 4th!
All the best, Baerbel O'Haire
Baerbel O'Haire
May 2, 2018
Hi Jamie, This is a very lovely obituary for your Mom. I didn't know her well, but of course remember her and your family from Moravian Prep and also the grand house on Market St. I always think of your Mom and Libby's Mom as such grand ladies. I was so happy to see you at the MPS reunion. It seems your Mom had a wonderful life. Condolences to you and your brothers and sisters and the rest of your clan.
Mary Arguelles
April 30, 2018
Dear Louie and family,

I just enjoyed reading your mom's obituary and "resonated" with so much of what it said. I have many fond memories of Petey (and your whole family) over the years since we moved to Bethlehem. She was a good friend to our mom in recent years, which was very much appreciated.

Many blessings to all the Perkins family,
Mim (Baker) Tilton
Miriam Tilton
April 30, 2018
I only met Petey recently but was impressed by her friendliness as well as her warmth. She will be missed by all her friends at Kirkland Village.
Eva Frank
April 29, 2018
Our deepest sympathy to the family.
Society of the Arts (Allentown Art Museum)
Jill Weinhold
April 28, 2018
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