May 7, 1925 ~ December 31, 2020

Born in: Tyron, New York
Resided in: Hoschton, Georgia

Jeanne Litteer Perkins (95) died the last day of 2020 where she wanted to be, in her own bed in her own home.

Jeanne was born on May 7, 1925 in Tyrone, NY to parents John and Ruth Litteer. She was the second of four siblings and the middle of three sisters, which she always claimed meant she got the least attention among the kids in the family. Older sister Thelma had the responsibilities associated with being the oldest child and younger sister Jane got all the attention for being sickly when she was young. Younger brother John was the only boy and Jeanne was especially close to him and his wife Joan of Liverpool, NY. John is the only sibling to survive her.

A favorite family story concerns how Jeanne and her devoted husband Carter became a couple. They were friends and often formed a foursome with their respective boyfriend and girlfriend. One day, Jeanne’s boyfriend and Carter’s girlfriend couldn’t go on the date they had planned so Jeanne and Carter went anyway, and that was that. They were married on March 19, 1946 and spent 74 happy years together.

Jeanne had the Litteer sense of humor, a stubborn streak, and a competitive nature. A bridge player most of her life, Jeanne took up duplicate bridge in her later years and was earning life master points until failing eyesight made it difficult to continue. In addition to playing bridge, Jeanne and Carter enjoyed couple dancing, round dancing to be specific, and they made lifelong friends among dancers everywhere they lived.

Jeanne was a great reader and like her father, she had strong opinions that she didn’t hesitate to voice, especially about politics. But she was a kind and generous person who loved her family and wanted them near her whenever possible. In addition to her brother and sister-in-law, Jeanne is survived by her loving husband Carter, sons Mark (Susanna) and Scott (Tamyra Hyatt), daughter Marcy (Robin Driscoll) and Japanese daughter Ako Itoh (Moto); seven grandchildren and their spouses and partners; two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She will be deeply missed.

The Perkins family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the caregivers of Home Care Matters, especially Eugenie and Anthonia, for the wonderful care they provided to Jeanne over the past year.

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  1. CandleImageSome of my favorite memories go back to summer trips on my own to visit the Grandma and Grandpa Perkins. Great trips to the symphony or off broadway productions, serving as usher with the grandparents at these events. Trips to Coca Cola World and Underground Atlanta, a day trip to Helen, GA with it’s Bavarian-style buildings were among my favorite times, but loved quiet time at the house reading or watching Atlanta Braves games into the night at the Dunwoody house on the water. Always woke up to a full breakfast of GrapeNuts, orange juice, and fresh cantelope waiting for me as Grandma and Grandpa enjoyed their morning paper and crosswords. Even trips to Costco with them both was full of memories. I was able to join them out in Arizona for my first trip away from the East Coast for a special trip to visit Taliesin, famous Frank Lloyd Wright home…always felt like she was so happy to help foster my love for architecture and interior design. Will miss her greatly,

    Kristin

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