- It is with extreme sadness that the family of Dodie Perkins share the news of her passing on June 19, 2017 at her home in Hampden. She will always be remembered for her devotion to her family, her graceful ballroom dancing, her colorful flower gardens, and her caring for anyone in need. Each phase of her life, as a mother, a grandmother, a great grandmother, and a widow was handled with dignity and unselfishness. She served as a role-model for others to follow.
Eudora Forentina Howard Perkins was born October 15, 1928, to Florence Benson Howard and Raymond Marshall Howard of Searsport, Maine. She was the youngest daughter in a family of nine children; Barbara, Winifred, Ella Nellie, Linwood, Ferne, Jeanette, and Vaughn. These cherished family members along with others that joined her household influenced her strong Christian faith, lifelong love of learning, and expectations of working hard to contribute in the support of one's family. One of her most treasured memories was that of sitting at the kitchen table on Sunday afternoons with all her sisters, their spouses and nieces and nephews. When her parents and siblings passed, the nieces and nephews brightened her days with phone calls, letters, and visits around Dodie's kitchen table.
Dodie married Merle Perkins on July 10, 1953 and together they raised three children. Mala and Bruce Morrison of Orono, Mark and Cindy Perkins of Milford, and Marty and Becky Perkins of Sunapee, New Hampshire, are thankful for all the wonderful days spent with her and the wonderful memories of our parents. Dodie treasured her grandsons, Alex, Douglas, Derek, Justin, Joe, and Tom and was proud of them as they became adults. In turn, the next generation with Jude, Jett, Kaylin, Collin, Hunter, Hudson, Mauri, and Fletcher kept her energized with violin and guitar concerts, dance recitals, hockey and soccer games, and visits. She loved every minute of time spent with them!
Dodie is survived by Norma Howard, a sister-in-law that truly was a sister and Robert Clark, a brother-in-law that truly was a brother. She very recently was saddened by the loss of her brother-in-law, Wayne Perkins, but thrilled her nephew Jonathan would be in his Dad's home. She had fantastic neighbors/friends/family in Cathy and Danny Bunker who visited both Merle and Dodie daily, brought delicious meals, and helped with projects around the house. She also was thankful to Robin Perry who provided literary materials complete with book talks and Jeff Perkins who called often or came from Massachusetts to visit her. Visits from young neighbors Kathleen and John Vickery meant so much to her. Special thanks go to her Loving Touch family who helped her to stay in her home. All her family, friends, and caregivers were instrumental in keeping her in her little pink house that she had lived in for sixty-two years.
A gathering to celebrate Dodie's life will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, June 23rd at the Sandy Point Congregational Church with Reverend Ruth Martin officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a veteran's organization of your choosing or to a local food pantry. These were causes she was very passionate about.
Arrangements are under the direction of Young Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Searsport. www.mitchelltweedie-young.com
Published on  June 21, 2017