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Elaine Perry

elaine perry
Elaine M. Perry, age 88, of Waucoma, Iowa died Sunday, September 18, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in New Hampton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 23, 2016 at St. Marys Catholic Church in Waucoma with Rev. Kyle Digmann celebrating the Mass. Interment will be at St. Rose Cemetery following the service with Timothy Connell, William Parker, Seth Perry, Matthew Perry, Brock Perry and Thomas Connell serving as pallbearers. Friends may greet the family from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at St. Marys Catholic Church in Waucoma. Visitation continues an hour prior to the service at church on Friday. Elaine was born May 18, 1928 in Waucoma, IA, the daughter of Harold and Gertrude (Schissel) Marron. She attended Waucoma High School and following graduation went to beauty school in Chicago. She then started her career as a beautician there and later opened her own shop in Waucoma and ran it for over 50 years. She married Vernon Perry on June 19, 1948 in Berwyn, IL. To this union six children were born. The couple later divorced. In addition to her career as a beautician Elaine drove school bus for the Turkey Valley School District for 26 years. She was the districts first female bus driver. Elaine enjoyed quilting, needlework, ceramics, shopping, baking and fishing trips with her family. She was a vendor at many craft shows over the years. Elaine was also a long time member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, American Legion Auxiliary and the Waucoma Historical Society. Family and faith were very important to Elaine. She was blessed with a large family and loved spending time with them. Elaine is survived by four sons, Duane (Debra) Perry of Belmond, IA, Chris (Donna) Perry of Mason City, IA, Art (Beth) Perry of Waucoma, IA, Steve (Tracy) Perry of Waucoma, IA; two daughters, Janeen (Tom) Connell of Cedar Falls, IA, Kathie (Clarence) Copus of Soldier Grove, WI; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two sisters, JoEllen Murray of Charles City, IA, Colleen (LeRoy) Kuennen of Bunker, MO; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister Mary Jane Staebell; one grandson Benjamin Perry; one great-grandson Ryan Connell; two brothers-in-law Mike Staebell and Robert Murray.

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  1. Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Services created a video in memory of Elaine M. Perry

  2. Steve&Tracy, Art&Beth, and entire Perry family, so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. My condolences.

  3. So sorry to hear about Elaine. I remember Elaine drove bus a couple of years in Lawler and my kids just loved her. She was their favorite bus driver! She gave out candy & let them have squirt gun fights the last day of school. She was a really cool lady. God Bless all of you! You are in my Prayers.

  4. We extend our sympathy to the entire Perry clan. Elaine was a wonderful woman and friend to many. Heaven has a new angel!!

  5. I know speak for Mary Jo,Susan,and Ray and our respective spouses in honoring the life of Elaine and the kindnesses shown our family in her lifetime.We would like to think her favorite Aunt was our mother Betty to whom she was devoted.Our memories of the gaiety and joy shared by the two of them in our oresence will be a fond memory for years.Thank you Elaine for all you did for us.

  6. So sorry to hear of Aunt Elaine’s passing. I have wonderful memories of her. She had a ready smile and enjoyed a good joke. I always looked forward to going to her house on Christmas Day to celebrate the Holiday with the ‘Marron’ side of the family. Playing with our cousins was always a treat. We loved Aunt Elaine and will miss her. Steve and Becky Staebell

  7. Our most sincere sympathies to all of the Perry family during this time of loss. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. Pat Kuennen-Williams

  8. I am so sorry to hear of Elaine’s passing. Prayers for all of you during this difficult time. Lisa Kuennen Hamilton

  9. May the memories of your loved fill your minds today. All our thoughts and prayers to her family. David and Jeanne Roder

  10. Our deepest sympathy to the entire Perry family. I will remember Grandma Perry as she always was smiling as she enjoyed watch her great grandchildren playing.

  11. My sincerest sympathies to Elaine’s family at this time. I so enjoyed taking care of her at NHNRC until I moved. She was a great person and could make anyone laugh with her many stories. She was a good friend to my mother and as children we spent many a good time at the Perry’s, getting into trouble. My thoughts and prayers to comfort you all with her memories. With much love. Jan Goss Summers

  12. My Deepest Sympathy to the entire family of Elaine. Prayers and Thoughts are with you during time of Loss of Loved One! Lyn Bruns


  14. Kathy and the Perry family, My sincere sympathy to you. Your mother lived a long life. We all could find your house because the Turkey Valley bus sat proudly outside.

  15. Kathie, Art, Duane, Chris, Janeen and Steve, my sympathy to you guys. I loved your mom, what a caring lady and she always made me laugh – hard!!!, as recent as this spring when I stopped by the care center in New Hampton to say hello. She wanted to know what I was up to, but then she talked non stop about you guys and her grandkids. You made her proud! May she RIP!

  16. Our deepest sympathy to Janeen and all of the Perry family on the loss of your Mom. May her soul rest in peace.

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