MILTON-FREEWATER - Wanda K. Perkins, 61, of Milton-Freewater died Sunday, March 8, 2009, at her home. A remembrance celebration will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 14 at the Palm Tavern, 904 Lamb St., Milton-Freewater.
Mrs. Perkins was born June 19, 1947, in Eugene to Roy and Imelda Carter Smith. She was raised in Coburg, graduating from Sheldon High School in 1965. She moved to Burns soon after, where she met and married her husband of 36 years, William Perkins, having known him only eight days. The couple moved to Milton-Freewater in 1979 after purchasing Lee's Market.
After selling the store 1989, they moved to Irrigon. She returned to the Milton-Freewater area in 2003 after the death of her husband to be closer to family and friends. She worked as a tax preparer for H&R Block during the last 10 tax seasons.
Mrs. Perkins is survived by sons William "Bill" Perkins of Milton-Freewater, Henry L. "Skip" Perkins of Midland, Texas, and James "Jim" Perkins of Spokane; and three grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister Deena Cameron; and husband William Perkins.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Blue Mountain Humane Society or the Walla Walla Community Hospice through the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862.