Ann C. Perry, 87
PHOENIX–Ann Camille Perry, a resident of Sierra Vista since 1972, passed away Sept. 3, 2018 at the Shea Residential Care Home in Phoenix, AZ.
Ann was born on November 6, 1930 in Newport, Arkansas to Herbert J. and Inez B. Meyer. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Jackie Reed, her husband of 42 years Richard A. Perry, and her best friend and significant other of many years, Alton (Tex) Kunz.
Ann grew up in Jonesboro Arkansas. At Arkansas State University she met her husband, Richard A. Perry of Piggott, Arkansas, where they were both art majors. They were married on January 18, 1952. Richard graduated before Ann and received his commission into the Army as a 2nd Lt. They spent the next 20 years at different army assignments all over the U.S. and in Germany and Hawaii and had two daughters.
Ann was a substitute teacher and then a pre-school supervisor from 1966-1972. In 1972 they moved to Ft. Huachuca/Sierra Vista. In 1973 they purchased KMS printing and Ann ran the print shop until 1976. In 1974 Richard retired and in 1975 he accepted a job teaching Graphic Arts at Buena High School. Ann and Richard sold KMS printing and traveled with VICA students all over the state. Ann’s next career was as a legal secretary for 3 years. Next Ann became a certified wedding consultant and opened a business in her home, “Camille’s Wedding and Stationery”. She helped form Cochise Bridal Services and was the chairperson of the Cochise Bridal Fairs in Sierra Vista.
Ann loved art and was a talented oil painter, a member of the Huachuca Art Association and the National Society of Tole Painting. A lifetime Auxiliary Member of the Retired Officers Association, the Society of Military Widows, The Desert Rose Chapter of Tucson, the Retired Officers Wives Club of Ft. Huachuca, and a member of the Sierra Vista Community Choir for many years.
Ann’s greatest love was her family. They always came first, and Ann was always there for her husband and daughters. She chaperoned VICA students with Richard, was a Brownie and Girl Scout leader, and a chauffer for swim teams. All of the girl’s friends and teammates were frequently found hanging out in the Perry’s family room and Ann took in many kids and adults as a surrogate Mom and Grandma. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandma.
Ann is survived by her two daughters and son in laws, Belinda and Larry Doty, Angela and Rob Mitchell, her four granddaughters, Ann (Jeremy) Brown, Cindy (Scott) Noel, Samantha (Tony) Camacho, and Allison Mitchell and her two great grandchildren, Haven and David Brown.
An interment ceremony will be held at the Old Post Cemetery on Friday, June 7, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. We will meet at the Ft. Huachuca Main gate at 12:30 and have an MP escort to the cemetery.
In lieu of flowers Ann has requested memorials be sent to St. Jude’s Hospital for Children in Memphis Tenn.
Deceased’s Funeral Arrangements: An interment ceremony will be held at the Old Post Cemetery on Friday,June 7th, 2019 at 1:00 pm. We will meet at the Ft. Huachuca main gate at 12:30 and be escorted by an MP to the cemetery.