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.