In Memoriam: Edith McCormick Perkins


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Edith attended Caldwell High School and subsequently earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at the College of Idaho and a master’s degree in Christian education at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, where she met Edgar Haas Perkins. They were married on May 5, 1956, and Edith spent subsequent years managing a household and raising four children: Margaret Sue Perkins (married to Timothy Blackman; one child, William McCormick Blackman), Janet Kathleen Perkins (married to Michael Odle; two step-children, Dulcinea Phanthavong, Alex Orozco [Kate], and four step-grandchildren, Angelique, Vanali, and Justin Phanthavong and Thomas Orozco), John Andrew Perkins (married to Anne Ginger), and David Timothy Perkins. When all four children were well into school, Edith also worked as the head of social services at Weyauwega Health Care Center, Weyauwega, Wisconsin, and later at Pleasant View Luther Home, Ottawa, Illinois. She retired in March 1988. During retirement, Edith assisted Edgar in leading retirement-planning seminars for the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and in preparing his book on the Gospel of John. 

Edith was an avid reader, and she loved music, from classical to jazz to Broadway musicals. She greatly enjoyed her family, her church, travel, camping, rock hunting, bird watching, and gardening. She loved the natural world and had strong, lifelong interests in geology, wildflowers, trees, shells, fossils, and astronomy—interests she passed along to her children.