Obituary: Georgia Ann Wilkinson Perry of Easton

Georgia Ann Wilkinson Perry of Easton, died February 12, 2014 at CT Hospice in Branford, CT.

Born in Danbury on March 26, 1930, to Francis and Myra Wilkinson, Georgia’s family moved to Trumbull when she was five years old. There, she grew up on George street, named for her grandfather George Griffin, who built several houses in the area and after whom she herself was named.

As a child in the 1940s, Georgia aided the war effort by recycling newspapers. During high school she became an accomplished singer and sang in many weddings. Song became a lifelong passion, and she went on to sing in the Trumbull Community Chorus and several other choirs, performing in local venues such as the Quick Center for the Arts. She also once performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City, as a coloratura soprano soloist.

In 1952, Georgia graduated from Danbury State Teachers College (now Western Connecticut State University), and began a 25-year career teaching elementary school in Trumbull and Monroe. That same year she married Daniel Perry, owner of Perry’s Restaurant in Milford, birthplace of the famous Connecticut lobster roll.

For many years, Georgia attended church services at Long Hill Methodist Church in Trumbull and Jesse Lee Church in Easton, and was active in both communities. She volunteered at the Easton Senior Center, the American Heart Association and the American Lung Association. She was an active member of the Trumbull Interfaith Committee, serving as its treasurer for many years. Georgia was also a member of the Bridgeport Retired Teachers. Discovering quickly after retirement that she missed teaching dearly, she began work as a substitute teacher in Bridgeport and later taught nursery school in Stratford.

Georgia spent much of her leisure time as a world traveler. She crisscrossed the U.S. and Canada in a camping trailer with her husband and daughter and, after retiring, flew and cruised around the globe to destinations that ranged from Iceland to the tropical rainforest. She also cherished spending time with her grandchildren and, later in life, her great-granddaughter.

Georgia is survived by her daughter, Anne C. Partridge and son-in-law Thomas Henry Partridge; grandchildren Myra Partridge Juhre and Thomas Henry Partridge, Jr.; grandson-in-law Michael Rittenhouse Juhre; and great-granddaughter Georgia Jean Campbell Juhre.

Friends and family are invited to attend her funeral services on Tuesday at 11:00a.m. at the Cyril F. Mullins Funeral Home, 339 White Plains Rd., Trumbull. Internment in Kings Highway Cemetery, Milford. Friends may call on Monday from 4-7 p.m.

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