Our most beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend has joined her family in Heaven on March 1, 2021, and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Mary Alice Perkins was born Mary Alice Pavelich in Mesa, Az, to parents Vivian (Phillips) and Milan Pavelich on March 26, 1942. She was the second born of eight children and was raised on the Pavelich family farm on South Stapley Drive where they grew cotton, maize and alfalfa and had lots of fun with the neighbor kids in their large yard playing baseball and Red Rover, Red Rover. Mary lived in Mesa all her life. A graduate of Mesa High School, she and her husband Kenneth owned and operated the Perkins Diesel Shop in Mesa, where she worked until approximately 2019.
Those who knew Mary loved her deeply. She was the most kind, giving and selfless person and always thought of others before herself. She is predeceased by her beloved husband Kenneth, her parents, her brother Michael and her sister RoseMary. She is survived by her three sons, Andrew (Mirka), Jay (Laura) and Ron (Faith), grandchildren; Andrew (Nona), Hannah, Ryan (Britney), Trey Wilson and great-grandchildren Paisley and Kenny and her brothers Nick and George and her sisters Katie Meyer, Joann (Jack) Wendell and May Porter, and many nieces and nephews.
Favorite pastimes included going to lunch or dinner and seeing the latest movies, taking trips to see family in other states and avidly working the crossword puzzles. She loved family and her Alma School Road home was always the center of celebrations and family gatherings where she made the most wonderful dishes for all to enjoy. She also enjoyed the Perkins’ second home in Snowflake, Az, where she and Ken spent many wonderful weekends at their country mountain getaway. One of her great delights was attending a Mesa High class reunion, which was held on a cruise to Alaska several years ago.
Our sorrow is great in the loss of our wonderful, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend Mary, yet our hearts rejoice that we will one day meet again in a glorious reunion in Heaven.
A graveside service is planned for Saturday, March 13, at the Mesa Cemetery at 9:30 am. Arrangements are being made through Bunker Family Mortuary.