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.


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  • Celebration of Life Saturday, July 14, 2018

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Tina Del Piero

August 21, 2018

My condolences to the family and to Tom. Dorothy was a class act and the sweetest person I've known in my life. Marc and I knew Dorothy through Tom's political career and I always appreciated that she was herself throughout that whole time. Marc and I will always keep her sweet memory in our heart. Tina & Marc Del Piero

Bob & Pat Challburg

July 26, 2018

Sincere sympathy to the family. We are so glad we had the opportunity to meet Dorothy.

Love, Bob & Pat

Tammy Tahara

July 26, 2018

My sincere condolences to the family, especially to my childhood friend, Cheryl. I remember Dorothy well because I spent so much time at Hazel Fletcher's house playing with Cheryl. Dorothy used to come by for visits and I'd see her around town and at Macy's once I got older. It was always a pleasure to see her -- love to all.

Tammy Tahara
Santa Cruz

Georgette Bloomer

July 26, 2018

My heart goes out to Dorothy's family, especially Cheryl. Her mom, Hazel, was our across-the-street neighbor. Whenever I saw Dorothy at Macy's, she would always ask after my mom. She was the sweetest lady and gentle soul. I am sorry to hear of her passing, Love GeGe

Georgette Bloomer, Friend

William Sabino

July 26, 2018

I never met the lady.
She was strikingly beautiful.
May she rest in peace.
My condolences to her family and friends.

William Sabino

Keith Lowrey

July 26, 2018

Dorothy was a classmate at PGHS. I never had a class with her but everyone knew who she was. She was a beautiful cheerleader and her looks were the rival of Ava Gardner. Rest in peace sweet lady. Keith Lowrey, Glen Allen, Virginia

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



If anyone ever cared, really cared for someone else, it would have to be Dorothy P. Perkins. She was a warm hearted and well liked individual. These wonderful traits came easily to her because she was such a sociable and amiable person. Dorothy always made certain that those around her had whatever they needed. She was a talkative person who was tactful at all times, but typically said what she meant.

       She was the daughter of Alfred and Hazel Gonsalves. Dorothy was raised in Pacific Grove, California. During her childhood she learned to be reliable and respectful. Dorothy was an obedient child who wanted to win the favor of others. She found it easy to show sympathy and to perform kind acts for others. These admirable qualities would become a part of Dorothy's personality throughout her life.

      Though Dorothy was frequently the one to initiate games and activities with her family, she was also quite often the family member who took the role of referee. Dorothy was a peace-maker with an ability to resolve all sorts of family conflicts. In fact, Dorothy worked conscientiously to keep those typical family spats at bay. Dorothy was raised with two siblings. She had one older sister, Frances, and one younger sister, Cheryl. Dorothy and her siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up, but they cared deeply for one another.

      As someone who reveled in the sheer joy of her experiences, Dorothy was always enthusiastic about new adventures. Although she had an exacting nature, Dorothy was always tactful. One thing Dorothy will certainly be remembered for is that, when she got up in the mornings, she was ready and raring to go. As a young girl, Dorothy had a number of interests and was an active child. Dorothy took part in Hopscotch and tetherball. In her spare, time she liked babysitting and sewing.

      For Dorothy, the school routines were never a problem, although she generally preferred variety to structure. She seemed to be able to start a project and work right through to its completion and was able to do it quickly and efficiently. Dorothy was also adept at details. She was very observant and was generally quick at picking up new things. She graduated from Pacific Grove High School in 1949 where she was a cheerleader and the May Queen. Also, in 1949, she was chosen Miss Monterey County.

      There was one thing that all of Dorothy's friends knew and will still remember, and that is that she was a talker. She could pretty much talk to anybody about anything. This quality is one of the primary reasons that Dorothy was such a popular person throughout her life. Dorothy was also dependable, loyal and trustworthy. Dorothy was the kind of person who simply radiated good fellowship. While she maintained personal standards and her own personal values, Dorothy was very accepting of others. With a distinct skill for working things out, Dorothy was often the person who would organize events. In fact, Dorothy was fairly comfortable playing the role of “host” for just about any occasion. When Dorothy made friends, she made true and lasting friendships. While growing up, some of her best friends were Ellen Carpenter, Lil Enos and Jayne Gasperson.

      Dorothy was a faithful and loving person. Some would even call her sentimental and a romantic at heart. Her kindness and consideration radiated an aura of warmth to those around her. Dorothy cared for what others thought and carried that into her marriage. On November 20th 1949, Dorothy married Thomas J. Perkins. Compassionate and devoted, Dorothy worked hard to make her new life partner happy.

      Harmony was important to Dorothy and she made every effort to maintain it with her family. Dorothy was blessed with five children; four sons, Rick, Jeff, Greg and Joe and one daughter, Leslie. They were also blessed with twelve grandchildren, Jaime, Rebecah, Michael, Chelsea, Hannah, Tanner, Brittney, Sarah, Thomas, Elicia, Samantha and Allison. Dorothy was always conscious of the feelings others had, and was reasonable and understanding. As a result, Dorothy was quick to solve disputes and did so without much fuss. Her secret of success in this area was simple: Dorothy would listen before she would act.

      Taking her work seriously came naturally to Dorothy, and she expected the same from those around her. Dorothy was a good team player, someone who was born to cooperate with others. She was what some would call a “people person” and it was demonstrated in her good communication skills. Dorothy was a steady worker, one who was realistic about schedules. The kind of details that would give family members and work colleagues fits were situations that Dorothy handled well. She could understand the details without getting lost in the broad “big picture.” Her primary occupation was as a cosmetic sales specialist and educator. She was employed for 17 years at Macy's in Monterey. She also worked for 7 years in the Mariposa Unified School District. She brought harmony to her work environment, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done, while always maintaining respect for her colleagues.

      A methodical woman, Dorothy enjoyed spending time working on her various hobbies. She had no problem following all of the steps and instructions on a given project and was proud of the fact that she could have something to show for her efforts. Her favorite pursuits were sewing, gardening and painting.

      Dorothy was one of those people who took pride in constantly putting forth her best effort. Nowhere was that more visible than in sports. Dorothy was always enthusiastic and a great team player. In high school, Dorothy played basketball and was on the cheerleading team. Dorothy also liked being a sports fan and enjoyed following her favorite teams whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were the Kentucky Derby, the San Francisco 49ers, the San Francisco Giants and the Golden State Warriors.

     Her keen interest in things that affected the lives of other people led Dorothy to become actively involved in professional and community organizations. Because she was outgoing and worked well with others, Dorothy did her fair share of volunteer work. And she wouldn’t shy away from taking the lead on committees or events, either. She was a born list maker and was great at creating and sticking to schedules. In high school, Dorothy was a member of the Benevelent Order of Black Sheep and the Lucky 13 Club. Throughout her later years, Dorothy was an active member of the 4-H and hospital foundations.

      Dorothy was the kind of person who would readily move into action in order to help others. She was appreciated and respected. She could find value in the opinions of others and was passionate about her own values and beliefs. So it’s little wonder that she was active and highly valued by those in her community. A proud member of the Class of 1949 (49ers), she served on committees for the Pacific Grove High School Alumni Association.

     Her high moral standards and traditional values served Dorothy well with her faith. Religion and faith were important to her. She was a member at St. Angela Merici Church where she was well-respected because she was such an outgoing individual who sought to help in any manner she could.

      Not only did Dorothy enjoy traveling, but she also seemed to enjoy planning all of those trips and vacations. She was a facilitator who could easily make up a near perfect schedule of all of the things to do and see. She rarely tired of going back and revisiting her favorite places. Favorite vacations included going to Alaska on a cruise with her mother, Hazel, and son, Joe.

      Dorothy was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. The family was always blessed with pets of dogs and cats. In her later years, her family was rounded out by one additional pet named Eddie. Eddie and Dorothy walked every day for many years.

      Since it was easy for Dorothy to meet and get to know new people, she quickly made friends, even in retirement. Once she met those new friends, she loved sharing stories and talking about the good old days. Since she was practical and cost effective, Dorothy was ready when that day to retire finally came in 1997. Her new life involved remaining in Pacific Grove. In retirement, she found new pleasure as a Board Member of PAcific Grove High School Alumni Association. Even in retirement, Dorothy stayed in touch with her old friends and made plenty of new acquaintances. She was active in the community and felt fulfilled with the opportunities that retirement offered her.

      Dorothy passed away on July 3, 2018 at Pacific Grove, California. She fought an 8 year battle with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Dorothy was cremated and the ashes were spread at Lovers Point in Monterey.

      Dorothy was a fantastic conversationalist who could engage just about anyone in a discussion. Whenever she said something, she meant it. Dorothy was a down to earth person, outgoing and caring. She was without question the type of person who enjoyed experiencing things first hand. She was practical and sensible, but what friends and family will remember her for most is the fact that she was so understanding and kind. Everyone whose life she touched will miss Dorothy P. Perkins.