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Wallace M. Perkins of Colchester, VT passed away quietly Friday morning March 9, 2018 at The Arbors in Shelburne, VT after a lengthy struggle with Alzheimer's. Wally's passing deeply touched the many who knew and loved her including her husband and best friend of 61 years, Dr. Peter Perkins, sons Christopher (Diane) and Ralph (Jeannie) and three daughters, Michaellyn, Randaellyn and Kimara. She had five grandchildren, one great grandchild and left several friends who were as close to her as family. Wally was born in Northampton, MA, September 29, 1932, the only child of Ralph and Esther Mellor. She attended grade school at Moorestown Friends' School in New Jersey, was a high school graduate of People's Academy in Morrisville, VT, received her BA in English from the University of Vermont and her MA and counselor's certificate from Worcester State College. In addition to working more than 25-years in the Shrewsbury, MA school system, she also volunteered teaching Civil War classes to gifted students, fire prevention courses, and more than 2000 students took her babysitting course over several years. Her tireless efforts didn't go unnoticed. She was the recipient of the Harry S. Cutting, Jr. Award for her commitment to the youth and families of Shrewsbury, and in 1994 was selected as the Massachusetts School Psychologist of the Year. After retiring to Colchester, VT, Wally became involved for many years with the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) and in 2006 was recognized as Volunteer of the Year. In 2010, Gov. Jim Douglas presented her with the Governor's Award for Outstanding Community Service. In her 70's, Wally and Peter found time to travel and simply enjoy sunsets from their home on Lake Champlain. She loved to read, attend UVM basketball games, take long walks with her Siberian, and make her famous chocolate cake for the COTS day station. Thank you Wally Perkins; wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend, for making such a difference in the world and gracing us all with your loving presence. You will be forever missed. There will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on April 14, 2018 at 11:00 am at Holy Cross Church, 416 Church Road, Colchester, VT. Burial will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery.

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