Dorothy P. Perkins

May 7, 1931July 3, 2018
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Dorothy P. Perkins May 7, 1931 - July 3, 2018 Pacific Grove

Dorothy Perkins passed away peacefully on July 3, 2018 after an eight-year battle with lymphoma.

A native of Pacific Grove, Dorothy graduated Pacific Grove High School in 1949. She was crowned Miss Monterey County in 1949. She and her husband, Tom, moved to the Central Valley where they raised their family. Dorothy returned to Pacific Grove in 1980 and was employed by Macy's at the Del Monte Center for many years. Throughout her life, she was active in every community she lived: in her churches, local hospitals and education. Dorothy gave of her time and love to family and friends with grace and dignity, expecting nothing in return.

Dorothy will forever be lovingly remembered by her five children; Rick (Susan) Perkins, Leslie (Mike) Rauch, Jeff (Mary) Perkins, Greg (Teri) Perkins and Joe (Janie) Perkins; her ex-husband, Tom Perkins; twelve grandchildren, Jaime, Rebekah, Michael, Chelsea, Hannah, Tanner, Brittney, Sarah, Thomas, Elicia, Samantha, Allison and sixteen great-grandchildren; sisters, Frances (Jim) Moffitt and Cheryl (Jim) Readinger; her schnauzer and walking partner, Eddie, and many longtime dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Hazel and Alfred.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday July 14, 2018, at 2pm at The Paul Mortuary Chapel, 390 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove, CA. Memorial donations may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 100 W. San Fernando St., Ste. 365, San Jose, CA, 95113. Please visit to sign Dorothy’s guest book and leave messages for her family.


  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, July 14, 2018

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Donna Kiernan

July 13, 2018

This school year, starting at 7:30 am, I volunteered daily to help with traffic safety at the Monterey Bay Charter School (MBCS) on David Avenue. That's how I met Dorothy and Eddie. I looked forward to chatting with her and hearing Eddie's greeting barks as they often walked past our school. I always wanted to ask her how she was doing. She shared about her illness, yet always with a spirit of optimism and determination. Dorothy would often still be out taking her walks with Eddie even in most kinds of Pacific Grove weather.

The last time that I saw Dorothy was in the late afternoon on June 19th when I was at school to attend a Board meeting. I was glad to see her because school closed for the summer on June 7th and I had wondered how she was. Dorothy was walking with Eddie and when I asked her how she was doing, she shared about her struggles and Eddie's recent issues, but with a similar determination that I had heard from her throughout the year. When I wished her well, she shared, "We're trying", she said, as she continued on her walk.

I will miss seeing Dorothy and her walking partner, Eddie. I was fortunate to have met her. My sincerest condolences to her family. What a wonderful video tribute!

Donna Kiernan, Principal, retired
Assessment Coordinator/Traffic Volunteer, MBCS

Morgan Souza

July 10, 2018

My husband and I are new to P.G., and Dorothy was the kind neighbor who always made us feel welcome, was patient with us...answering all of our "new in town" questions. We are dog walkers and naturally shared many dog walking stories together. We will miss her smile and her kind, soft voice. She was the sweet lady across the street who always waved and smiled a big "Hi" as she took little Eddie for his evening walk. Our love goes out to her...wherever she may be. We will miss you Dorothy.

Tyrone and Carol Hardy

July 10, 2018

Our deepest condolences to the family. May the memories of Dorothy and the love of family and friends surround you and give you strength in the days ahead. It was not hard to recall a favorite memory of Dorothy - her calamari steaks - they were the best. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Katherine and Jerry Heitzman

July 10, 2018

Dorothy was a kind and gentle soul....we are saddened by her passing.
We send our sincerest condolences to her family.

Katherine and Jerry Heitzman

Floyd & Jo Hatcher

July 10, 2018

Dorothy was a lovely gracious and kind lady! She showed great strength in the face of many challenges. Our heartfelt condolences to all family members and close friends.