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Kathryn Alvord Perkins




AAFA #0719

1922 WA – 2005 CA




Napa, Napa Co., CA—Sunday, 24 April 2005


            Kathryn Alvord Perkins died peacefully on Thursday, April 14, at her home in Napa. Born in Centralia, Wash. Jan. 3, 1922, she was the great-granddaughter of Thomas Moody Alvord, an early settler of the Kent, Wash. area. A graduate of Western Washington University, she married her late husband, James J. Perkins, in 1944, and traveled the world while raising a family until he retired from the Navy in 1960. They lived in Hawaii, Maine, Okinawa, Maryland and Germany, with their final assignment at Skaggs Island Naval Radio Station.

            Kathryn taught special education in several elementary schools in Napa, was past president of the local American Cancer Society, past president of the Napa Valley Genealogical Society, member of the Optimists Club, member of the Fleet Reserve Association Ladies Auxiliary and the DAR. An enthusiastic member of the Sweet Adelines barbershop chorus during the 1970s, she was a member of the “Honey Buns” quartet. An avid bridge player and opera fan, she was active in both until very recently.

            She is survived by her sons, Michael Perkins of Santa Rosa and Lawrence Perkins of Napa; half-brother Richard Alvord of Seattle and half-sisters, Margenia Simmons of Oregon City, Barbara McGhee and Martha McNeill of Puyallup; as well as three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

            A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, April 29 at Richard Pierce Funeral Service, 1660 Silverado Trail, Napa.

            Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Napa Valley Genealogical Society.

            Arrangements cared for by Richard Pierce Funeral Service, 226-7444.


AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Kathryn A. Perkins (SS# issued in WA), last residence Napa, Napa Co., CA.

            For more information about this family, see AAFA’s published genealogies, Known Descendants of Alexander Alvord and Mary Vore and Thomas Alford b. about 1598 England.

            Her ALVORD lineage: Kathryn 1922 WA1, Eugene Irving 1892 WA2, Irving Thomas 1865 WA3, Thomas Moody 1832 NY4, Sylvester 1796 NY5, Ebenezer 1767 CT6, Thomas Gould 1742 CT7, Asahel 1720 MA8, Thomas 1683 MA9, Thomas 1653 CT10, Alexander 1627 England11, Thomas [ALFORD] 1598 England12.