Bridgeville, Pa.— The family and friends of Amy Evelma (Purnell) Perkins gathered on May 16 at the South Fayette Fire Department Banquet Hall, to commemorate her 100th birthday.
Perkins, or “Miss Amy” as she is respectfully called by many of her neighbors, friends, and fellow community members, was born to Leroy and Viola Jones Purnell at their home in what was previously referred to as Bower Hill, Pa. (located in present-day Bridgeville), on May 20, 1915.
When Perkins was 3, her father left to fight overseas in World War I and never returned. Years later, in 1927, her mother, Viola, would travel to England—as a “Gold Star Widow”—to attend a ceremony honoring her husband’s ultimate sacrifice on foreign soil—on behalf of the United States of America.
Perkins graduated from Bridgeville High School in 1934. Subsequently, she left home to further her education at Cheyney State University.
Upon returning home she met and married Morris Perkins Jr.To this union were born three children, Elaine, Gail and Gregory Perkins.
Perkins was then hired by John J. Kane Hospital—located in Scott Township. She was promoted to the position of assistant physical therapist from which she would retire 21 years later, in 1978.
Even after the death of her husband, on Oct. 11, 1999, she has continued to serve as Deaconess and Missionary, while also being honored as “Church Mother” at her local church.
Throughout her century of life, Perkins has always remained humble and has quietly worked to improve the lives of others.
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