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PERKINS, JANET RUTH "JAYPEE," 73
PERKINS, JANET RUTH "JAYPEE," 73, of Waterbury, passed away in the comfort of her home on December 31. Born in Haverhill, N.H., on Feb. 21, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Emily (Smith) Barrett. On Sept. 15, 1962, Janet married Gordon E. Perkins in Barre. Janet attended Barre schools and was a 1957 graduate of Spaulding High School. She continued her education at the Fletcher Allen School of Nursing, graduating with a BS in nursing in 1960. After her nursing rounds in psychiatric hospital care while in school, Janet decided to dedicate her life to helping patients and teaching interns at the Vermont State Hospital. As a member of the faculty for the Vera Hanks School of Psychiatric Technology at VSH, Janet worked for over 30 years teaching the fundamentals of nursing, human anatomy, pharmacology, behavioral science and psychiatric care to hundreds of patient caregivers. She retired in 1995. For many years, Janet and Gordon enjoyed traveling, especially to Hawaii, camping all over New England and New York, in particular Acadia National Park in Maine. She was a talented pianist and shared that joy with her daughter, Bethany, was an avid fan at all of her granddaughters' sporting and theatrical events, and enjoyed a good crossword puzzle. She is fondly remembered for her large and loving heart for all animals. Janet was a former member of the Waterbury Congregational Church and choir. Janet is survived by her husband of 50 years, Gordon E. Perkins, of Waterbury; two grandchildren; one great-grandson; and her son-in-law, Joel Fitzgerald, of Burlington. Janet was predeceased by her daughter, Bethany Fitzgerald in 2008. Memorial services will be held from the Wesley United Methodist Church in Waterbury on Jan. 12, 2013, at 11am. Friends may call at the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home in Waterbury on Jan. 11 from 6 to 8pm.
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