November 28, 1919 – January 3, 2021
Barbara May (Welcome) Perry, 101, passed away on January 3, 2021. Barbara was born in Concord, New Hampshire on November 28, 1919.
She graduated from Concord High School, and later that same day, married the love of her life, William H. Perry. They were married 65 years until his death in 2002.
Barbara and William lived and worked together in Concord for the majority of their lives. They began a business together, Perry Brothers Monument Company, which remains to this day. Upon retirement, they spent winters in Florida and rest of the year in New Hampshire. Much of their time was spent with their family on Suncook Lake, making great memories. Barbara and William were active in their community.
They were active parishioners of the Immanuel Community Church in Concord. They also were members of the Shriners, where they served the community and enjoyed trips with their many friends in that organization.
Barbara was a bird lover. She took great pleasure in watching the birds enjoy her many feeders and flowers. Barbara was also an animal lover. Many dogs and cats inhabited her home over the years and were treated like members of the family. Gardening and flowers were activities that Barbara loved and excelled in as well.
She was also very skilled at crafts, and created many beautiful gifts for Church fundraisers, her family, and friends over the years. Barbara was a wonderful cook. Her family appreciated her birthday cakes and other delicious desserts, as well as her legendary Thanksgiving dinners.
As for family, they were the source of much happiness for Barbara. She will be greatly missed by them, including her daughter, Sharon Meunier; her daughter, Sheila Rich and husband Warren; her son, Terrence Perry and wife Lynn, and their grandchildren Iverson and Idallis Farrell, and Bryleigh Bouchard; grandchildren Travis Wagner and wife Amelia Randolph; Jeffery Strelzin and wife Andrea; and Jennifer Frost, great-grandchildren, including Spencer Frost, MD; Paige Frost, OD, and her husband David Gandelman, OD, Barbara R. Meunier (deceased); sister-in-law Cora Welcome; and nieces and nephews.
Barbara was a very special person. She was a loving "Nana," strong, generous, hard-working, intelligent, kind, and had a great sense of humor. We were lucky to have had so much time with her and miss her already. Barbara was a woman of strong faith, so we are comforted to know that her death is not the end of her journey.
Barbara will be laid to rest beside her husband William and other family members at the Soucook Cemetery in Concord.
There are no services planned at this time. Instead, a celebration of life will be held at a later date.
In place of flowers, donations may be made in Barbara's name to the Immanuel Community Church in Concord, New Hampshire, or the Live and Let Live Farm in Chichester, New Hampshire.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
January 17, 2021
I remember Barbara with such fondness. She was always in church the first several years of my husband's time as pastor of Immanuel- always sitting in the same pew with her colorful velour sweats on. She was so supportive and had a wicked good sense of humor. Her faith was strong and simple. I missed seeing her when she could no longer come to church. She was always so delighted when we'd carol at Sheila's house. I'll never forget her warm smile and how she'd hold my hand when we talked together. God has welcomed another saint.
January 15, 2021
“Nana” loved the holidays and made them all special. She and her husband William would create an egg hunt in the backyard at Easter for us. As we searched for eggs, they would say “warmer” or “colder” to help guide us. The plastic eggs had candy and money in them. Quite the treat for kids!
Such good memories of our time with them. I miss her.
January 13, 2021
I knew Barbara as an enthusiastic, active and faithful member of Concord's Immanuel Community Church. She loved her church very much, and it was very hard for her not to be able to attend the last couple years of her life.
One of my favorite memories of her has to do with the end of our church service, which concluded with the words from me as pastor, "Go in peace." Her response, and hers only, was "I've got my bags packed!" This reflected both her desire to be with her Lord and with her much beloved husband again.
As I'm writing this, the word "live-wire" keeps going through my mind, and does so because it describes her perfectly. She was a warmly loving and joyful person. Immanuel Community Church's loss is heaven's gain. I will miss her.
January 12, 2021
Very sorry to hear of Barbara's passing. She was a frequent visitor to the Pembroke Town Library where I work. My thoughts are with you.