Joan H. Perkins, a 60-year resident of Pound Ridge and fixture in the Pound Ridge Community Church, died July 1 in Natick, Massachusetts. She was 93.
Ms. Perkins was born in Brooklyn on March 19, 1927, to the late John and Mabel Squires, and grew up on Long Island in Rockville Center. She attended Adelphi College (later Adelphi University) and was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.
She moved to Pound Ridge in 1954 and raised her four children in the historic Ebenezer Seymour house on Barnegat Road, an early 18th-century home that she cherished. The home appeared in a Pound Ridge Historical Society booklet, dated 1996, “Historic Landmarks of Pound Ridge.”
According to an obituary submitted by her family, Ms. Perkins “enjoyed the peacefulness of the gardens and woods on her 4 acres, and there was always an adored dog or cat to keep her company.”
Despite her bucolic surroundings, she remained a New Yorker at heart and loved listening to the Yankees on the radio, according to family members. In addition to enjoying time outdoors with her family, Ms. Perkins was an active longtime member of the Pound Ridge Community Church congregation, working as the church secretary in the 1960s and ‘70s. She also served on many church committees and was involved with the women’s group during her time in Pound Ridge.
Fellow congregant and former councilwoman Jody Sullivan described Ms. Perkins as “a real pillar” of the church community.
“She always had a ready smile, an encouraging word and a wish for all good things for others,” Ms. Sullivan said.
Ms. Perkins worked as an executive secretary in the corporate offices of Pottery Barn. After earning a master’s degree in international business, she went on to manage imports of European goods for Pottery Barn, Dansk and Lenox companies. Church members recalled she was able to obtain many donations from these companies to give to the PRCC’s annual sales and fundraiser.
After retirement, she devoted herself to caring for elderly friends in town. In 2013, she moved to Natick to be with family members.
Even after she moved away, Ms. Perkins kept in touch with the lifelong friends she made in Pound Ridge.
“Joan and I always exchanged Christmas cards and kept up with each other once a year,” longtime PRCC member Ebie Wood told The Record-Review. “Joan was a lovely woman.”
Ms. Perkins is survived by two sons, Peter, of Natick, Massachusetts, and James, of Henniker, New Hampshire; and a daughter, Barbara, of Basking Ridge, New Jersey; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son, Michael, of Houston, Texas.
A scattering of her ashes will take place at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pound Ridge Community Church, 3 Pound Ridge Road, Pound Ridge NY 10576.