Perkins left us peacefully September 12, 2013, at her home in Grass Valley, California. She was one month away from celebrating her 92nd birthday.
In accordance with her wishes, there will be no services; her interment will be private.
Cynthia was born in Chicago, Illinois, daughter of Elmer Newton Wall and Gertrude Harriet Ough. She married her high school sweetheart, Marshall Richard Perkins (the son of Frank Leonard Perkins and Margaret McElhinney), on September 25, 1943, in Yuba City, California.
She served in the United States Women’s Army Corps (WAC) during WWII, from 1944-1945, attaining the rank of PFC. She was stationed in Georgia with 4448 SCU Signal Operating Center, Georgia and also the 2nd Signal Service Branch, Washington, D.C. During her service she was awarded the American Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, and a Victory Medal. She earned an honorable discharge.
Cynthia and Marshall began raising their family in Oakland, California, in 1947 and shortly thereafter purchased their first family home in Concord, California, adding two more children in 1952 and 1955. She was the consummate housewife of the era, providing her family with the all-American lifestyle and comforts. She also worked outside of the home providing domestic services to many other families.
For over 40 years the Concord house was home to her family.
Cynthia was always active with her children’s school activities, and her home was often filled with her children’s playmates and friends. When her children left the nest, Cynthia and Marshall became active in the community as members of the Moose and Elks lodges, as well as the Concord Senior Center. The couple was always taking a lead in social affairs, providing decorations, function, and ambiance. They were
literally the life of the party! Ballroom dancing became a social bond and activity, and they kicked up their heels often.
Cynthia also enjoyed school and military reunions over the years. Traveling, cruising, sightseeing, and adventure consumed
a great deal of time as she thoroughly and completely relished her “golden years.”
Her children eventually all resided in the Sierra foothills; therefore, a new “family home” was located and purchased. Cynthia and Marshall moved to Grass Valley to be nearer to their children and grandchildren. Dancing, lodges, and Grange activities prevailed as she settled into her new community. Cynthia was always the “belle of the ball.” Cynthia hosted countless parties and affairs both at home and publically, always for others. Her children surprised her with a 90th birthday luncheon for family and friends.
Cynthia lived life fully and with a great love for those fortunate enough to know her. Now at peace, Cynthia is survived by her sons Frank and John; her daughter Debbie; grandsons Trevor, Derek, Corey, and Tony; and great-granddaughter, Ella.
Cynthia is predeceased by her husband, Marshall, in 2000 and her daughter Carolyn in 1950.
Cynthia supported several charities: Hospice of the Foothills, Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity and the Food
Bank of Nevada County.