Willa Mae Dean Perry
1926 - 2019
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Willa Mae Dean Perry, November 25, 1926 - November 30, 2019. Heaven rejoiced with the arrival of Willa Mae Dean Perry. Willa, more often known as "Nan", was a good and faithful servant of the Lord. Willa, 93, a native of both West Virginia and California, and a resident of Greenwell Springs, passed peacefully in her home on November 30, 2019 at 1:18 pm. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 67 years, George Holley Perry; parents, Ella & Ken Banks and Delbert Dean; sisters, Mary "Toots" Mowery, Annabelle Waltz; grandchildren, Ricki Lyn Perry, Dylan Perry, Lacey Perry; great-grandchild, Garrett Atkins. Willa married George on October 5, 1945, just 6 weeks after catching his eye in a bowling alley in California. Willa enjoyed league bowling at Circle Bowl in Baton Rouge during the early years of their marriage and even had her picture on the wall for her impressive scores. She quickly became LSU's biggest fan and recalled stories of the "glory days" of "dressing to a tee" in Death Valley for Saturday night football. Willa enjoyed watching her Tigers play since 1946 and was very proud of their recent victory over Alabama. She made friends everywhere she went, including during her time working with dear friends at Kelly's Meat Market and Kwik Shop. Willa served as den mother for Boy Scout troop 160 to 13 Boy Scouts. Her scouts were featured on the Buckskin Bill Show 6-7 times. Willa recalled that as the "good ole days." During those days she and George did their share of jitterbugging and even won some contests. For over 20 years she enjoyed volunteering her time at Starkey Academy, taking up money at the basketball games and book fairs, helping with luncheons, and serving as permanent senior class room mother. She was famous for her homemade cakes, candies and jellies. Willa most enjoyed spending Saturdays with her girls (4 generations) for lunch, hours of shopping, and ice cream on the way home. Her favorite pastime was spoiling her grandkids and great-grandkids, and she did it so well. She loved attending their activities and sneaking a week's worth of chocolates in their pockets before she sent them home. Willa was a faithful member of Comite Baptist Church for nearly 30 years. She dearly loved her pastor of 17 years, Bro. Dale Phillips, and was a devout prayer warrior. She was a whiz at crossword puzzles, and was known for her way with words and for the touching greeting cards she wrote. She is survived by her sister, Barbara Mayer and step-sister, Linda Dowell of California; step-brother Don Banks (wife Connie) of Iowa; children, Steve Perry (wife Dianne) of Beaverton, Oregon, Rick Perry (wife Kathy) of Northport, Alabama, Becky Young of Baton Rouge, Georgiana "Gigi" Starns (husband Gary) of Greenwell Springs, Doug Atkins (wife Leah) of Zachary; grandchildren, Dal Perry (wife Rachel), Danielle Olsen (husband Myk), Holly Strickland (husband Eric), Heath Starns, Julia Stone (husband Justin); great-grandchildren, Jordan Atkins (wife Cady), Keely Ana Strickland, Kylah Strickland, Grady Starns; numerous other grandchildren and great-grandchildren; long-time neighbors, Pat & Graham Reeves, Stanley Browning; treasured friends, "Roodie" Anne, Charlene. Special thinks to her loving caregivers and friends, Strawberri, Mae & Keesha. Also, thank you to Hospice of Baton Rouge for the precious care provided, especially Julie, Todd and Karen. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to a cause dear to her heart, The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, 10600 S Choctaw Dr., BR, LA 70815, in the name of Willa Perry. "She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy." Proverbs 31:20. Even in her last days, Willa was selfless and giving. Family and Friends are invited to attend the visitation which will be held at Greenoaks Funeral Home on Tuesday from 5-8pm. Visitation will resume Wednesday at 9am until funeral service at 10am. Burial will follow in Greenoaks Memorial Park. Pallbearers are Gary Starns, Doug Atkins, Dal Perry, Eric Strickland, Heath Starns, Jordan Atkins and Grady Starns.

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Published in The Advocate from Dec. 1 to Dec. 4, 2019.
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December 8, 2019
I will never forget my Aunt Mae's fun and easy going quality. I recall her Christmas gifts of home made candies she would send and all of the fun times together when she visited. We had a lot of great laughs together. I also recall stories of her taking care of a baby squirrel who needed help in her yard during a rainy winter. All around, she was so kind and thoughtful. You will be remembered fondly in my heart.
Mitch Mayer
December 4, 2019
Now you lay in new home to rest, I will Truly miss you. Your smile and all the wonderful conversations we had,you truly taught me alot.AMAZING AND CLASSIC LADY YOU WERE.All the PEOPLE that I have taken care of. You were the Only ONE that reach over the scale that STOLE MAE'S HEART.❤ I Thank God for putting you in my life. You are Gone but will never be Forgotten. WATCH OVER US OUR
December 2, 2019
Aunt Mae will be truly missed. Her love of her children and grandchildren was evident in every thing she did. She was fun to be around and had a sweet, subtle sense of humor. I have so many memories of her from her visits here to California. Love you Aunt Mae.
Sandy Taylor
December 2, 2019
With all the sadness that today brings, we know Ms.Willa is truly here to stay. A mother's love never ends. You'll always feel it from within, you'll see it in every move of a daughters likeness, gran- child's laughter or brothers grin.
God bless all of her beautiful children, grandchildren my thoughts are with you & May she continue to live & shine bright through you each.
Debbie Alday
December 1, 2019
Willa will be missed by many!! The kindest and most genuine and most caring person I ever met!! Love her and it was a joy working with her at Starkey Academy!Paul and Jo-Ann Miller
December 1, 2019
I always looked forward to seeing Mrs. Willa on Sundays at Comite Baptist Church. She was so kind and faithful. Every couple of weeks she would have some fresh done chocolate treats for me (and Bro. Dale) that she would catch us after the service was over. That was just the kind person that she was. Always had a warm smile, a kind word, and a hug. It was always great to see her with Gigi and Holly and the girls and the way that they took care of her. We (I) will miss her. We know by her faith in Jesus that we will see her again, and rejoice that today she is no longer relying on a wheel chair to get around, but is walking the streets of gold with Jesus Himself. Thank you Mrs. Willa for a life well lived.
Patrick Lane
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