Barbara M. Perry, 86, Columbia City, passed away quietly on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in her home. She had lived in Columbia City for the past several years, moving from Silver Lake where she spent nearly 25 years.
She was the daughter of Elmer James and Edna Marie (Turner) Condon. She was born in Muncie and spent most of her formative years on the family farm outside of nearby Daleville. She was a Center High School graduate and attended Comptometry school in Detroit following graduation.
On Oct. 9, 1954, she was united in marriage to Kenneth D. Perry. The two had met while working in Indianapolis. She was a telephone operator and he was a cook in their office building’s diner. The pair would share 42 years together before his 1997 passing.
She enjoyed reading many types of books. She enjoyed crochet and other crafts, making memory albums, afghans and other items for friends and family. She also enjoyed traveling and had enjoyed trips to the Bahamas and Hawaii. She also traveled with her husband in his job as a long-haul truck driver.
She had a giving heart and a kind personality. She was friendly to most everyone and truly enjoyed the fellowship of her neighbors at Blue Bell Lofts. She also enjoyed and was proud of her ‘Cadillac’ golf cart which she used to get around when she was no longer able to drive.
Those who survive include two sons: Kenneth Perry II (Deborah) Greeley, Colo.; and Randy Perry (Candice) Columbia City; a daughter: Nina Nottingham, Orlando, Fla., and two sisters: Reva Johnson, Muncie; and Mary Alyce Schwer, Port Charlotte, Fla. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and a large extended family. In addition to her husband Kenneth, those who preceded Barbara in passing include a brother: James Condon; a sister: Jacqueline Vadakin and a son: Joe Perry.
Visitation will be held at Titus Funeral Home, 2000 East Sheridan St., Warsaw from 10 a.m. until noon Tuesday, Aug. 6. Beginning at noon, ministerial student and family friend Kohltin Hoeppner will officiate Barbara’s funeral service. Burial will follow in Lakeview Cemetery, Silver Lake.
Memorial gifts may be made to Parkview Cancer Institute c/o Parkview Foundation, Parkview Foundation
10622 Parkview Plaza Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46845.