Maxine Perkins, age 85, of Tonasket died on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011 at her home. She was born on May 2, 1926 in Fayetteville, Ark., to parents Tomy and Rena Drake. As a young girl, she was raised in Farmington, Ark., on the same farm as her grandparents. Later she and her parents moved to Fayetteville where she attended school. Her happy and indomitable spirit was forged at this time through her early childhood experiences. These experiences ignited her passion for family, friends and home. This was the bedrock of her life’s journey. She married Earl Perkins on Feb. 8, 1943 and after the end of World War II, they moved to Ellisforde, Wash., where they began working at Larrabee Orchards. As soon as they were able, they purchased a home and planted a small orchard. Through their many years of farming, she did all the things a farmer’s wife does to make a successful life for herself and her family. She will be missed greatly by all whose lives she touched. Maxine was a member of the Tonasket Community Church and the Wednesday Club.
She is survived by two daughters: Andrea Perkins of Tucson, Ariz., and Katy and her husband, Danny Tibbs of Ellisforde; one brother, Donnie Drake of Springlake, N.C.; one sister, Patsy Davis of Chattanooga, Tenn.; three grandchildren: Eric (Faye) Tibbs of Redmond, Aaron (Tina) Tibbs of Redmond and Adam (Tasha) Tibbs of Pasco; Six great grandchildren: Nathan, Arianna, Keona, Luke, Alycia and Kason.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl A. Perkins; and three brothers: Arvil, Leon and Bobby.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011 at 11 a.m. at the Tonasket Community Church with Pastor Leon Alden, officiating. Interment will follow at the Tonasket Cemetery Please share your thoughts and memories by signing Maxine’s online guestbook at www.berghfuneralservice.com.
Bergh Funeral Service of Oroville and Tonasket in care of arrangements.