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Martha T. (Tatterfield) Perkins

Martha T. (Tatterfield) Perkins, 89, of Sagamore Circle, Essex, wife of the late Loring V. Perkins, died Tuesday, April 16, 2012 in the Ledgewood Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Beverly, following her long illness.

Born October 20, 1922 and raised in Marblehead, she was the daughter of the late John and Cora (Chapman) Tatterfield.  She was employed at United Shoe in Beverly where she met her husband and also worked at Empire Clothing and Supreme Cleaners and later Hamilton-Wenham High School where she was the bakery chef. The Perkins’ lived in Hamilton until her retirement in 1976 when they moved to Holiday Florida. She has been an Essex resident since 1989. She was a member of the Dane Street Congregational Church in Beverly, the Heard Chapter Order of the Eastern Star and the Hamilton Wenham Couples Club. She enjoyed knitting, home gardening, and cooking, and loved to spend time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was the loving mother of Cynthia Crean and her husband Jay of York, ME, Carol Andrews and her husband George of Claremont, FL and Judith Doucette and her husband Paul of Essex; loving grandmother of Tammy Jones of Springfield, Amy Boudreau of Byfield, Timothy Crean of CO, Jeff Crean of Beverly, Michael Andrews of FL and Jody Lawson of FL; and loving great-grandmother of sixteen. She is also survived by many nephews and nieces including special nephew Terry Tatterfield of AZ. She was the sister of the late Thomas Tatterfield formerly of Marblehead, John Tatterfield of Peabody, Francis Tatterfield of Lynn, Gordon “Chuck” Chapman of Marblehead, and Jacqueline Boylan and Elizabeth Carver both of Peabody.

Her funeral service will be held Thursday April 19 at 2:00 pm in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich following an hour of visitation from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Spectrum Adult Day Health Program, 600 Cummings Center, Suite 176X, Beverly, MA 01915.


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