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Dora May Perry

December 5, 1935June 23, 2021
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Perry, Dora May, “Dora the Explorer”

Of East Lansing, MI (formerly of Dimondale, MI) went to be with the Lord and Savior on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at the age of 85. Dora was born to parents Perry C. and Bernice Schmidt on December 5, 1935 in Sand Lake, MI. Growing up in the depression, she moved with her family to Lake Orion, MI where she graduated high school in 1954. She then went on to nursing school at McAuley School of Nursing in Detroit, MI. She served as class president, graduating in 1956 as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Dora worked at St. Joseph Mercy in Pontiac, MI for 13 years, and then at Crittenton Hospital for 24 years before retiring in 1988. She then moved to Ovid, MI, opening 2 Golden Years Adult Foster Cares. Dora enjoyed golfing, reading, crocheting, quilting, and helping those in need. She was a member of CMI concert choir, an RSVP volunteer for 20+ years, served as camp nurse for Wolverine Christian Service Camp for 35 years, and Rock Lake Christian Assembly Camp, attended Holt Christian Church. Dora is survived by her son, David (Abigail) Perry of Jackson MI; daughters-in-law Michelle Perry and Angie Perry and son-in-law Christopher Gruenberg; 12 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; brother Loren (Joyce) Schmidt; and a host of nieces, nephews, and “adopted” children. She is preceded in death by her parents; children Karen L. Gruenberg, James W. Perry, Thomas C. Perry, Marguerite “Marcie” A. Gruenberg, and Christopher A. Perry, grandson Anthony; and siblings Katherine (Melvin) Johnston and Ardise (Richard) Mersino. Family will receive friends at Pixley Funeral Home, 322 W University Dr., Rochester, MI on Monday, June 28, 2021 from 3-8 PM. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 11 AM, with gathering beginning at 10 AM until time of service, at Pixley Funeral Home in Rochester. She will be laid to rest with her children with a private family service at West Pine Cemetery, Coral, MI. The family would like to thank Senior Community Care of Michigan, Vista Springs Edgewood, and Vista Springs Timber Ridge for their care of Dora over the last several years. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Senior Community Care of Michigan (PACE), 1921 E. Miller Rd., Lansing, MI 48911.

  • FAMILY

  • David Perry (Abigail), Son
  • Michelle Perry, Daughter-in-law
  • Angie Perry, Daughter-in-law
  • Christopher Gruenberg, Son-in-law
  • 12 Grandchildren, Unspecified
  • 11 Great Grandchildren, Unspecified
  • Loren Schmidt (Joyce), Brother
  • Perry C. & Bernice Schmidt, Parents (deceased)
  • Karen L. Gruenberg, Daughter (deceased)
  • James W. Perry, Son (deceased)
  • Thomas C. Perry, Son (deceased)
  • Marguerite "Marcie" A. Gruenberg, Daughter (deceased)
  • Christopher A. Perry, Son (deceased)
  • Anthony, Grandson (deceased)
  • Katherine Johnston (Melvin), Sister (deceased)
  • Ardise Mersino (Richard), Sister (deceased)

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, June 28, 2021

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 29, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, June 29, 2021

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Adrianne Gruenberg

June 28, 2021

It is hard for Aaron and I to even put into words all that Grandma meant to us. She was Aaron's rock, advisor and comfort through all things. We truly believe that it was through her faith and prayers that brought him home safely during his time in service overseas and again those prayers that kept him going and ultimately brought him to me. She was there the day I officially became a part of this family even though she had already made me feel like one of her own from the first weekend we met. She passed on the most precious gift to me that my family will cherish forever. I am so grateful that she was able to meet our children and that we have those memories. Grandma you will forever be in our hearts until the day we are once again in your arms. Love you always - Aaron & Addy

Linda DeVore

June 28, 2021

Dear David and family,
Dora was a special lady and I will always remember the talks that we had, especially about the Lord. She always lifted my spirit as we spoke with one another. Dora loved her family and many times asked me to pray for her family which I did. I look forward to seeing her one day in God's kingdom. I am continuing to pray for the family that God will surround you all in His mighty love.

Rachel Sharon

June 27, 2021

Aunt Dora was the most kind and caring person I’d ever met. Full of mischief and smiles, she was always the light that filled the room. Aunt Dora would always tell me that she still had a picture that I either drew for her or colored for her when I was younger. She would tel me every chance she got that she still had it and looked at it every day. She always knew what to say to make you few special and loved. When I heard she wasn’t doing well, I went and got a “Dora the explorer “ tattoo in her honor. A previous conversation with her about placement of the tattoo, we jokingly talking about putting on my bum since she was a “pain in my butt”! Forever in my heart and forever with me. Rest in Heaven Aunt Dora! Love you

Chery Hubbard

June 27, 2021

Aunt Dora by marriage yet a “real “ Aunt to me. She made you feel part of her family from the first meeting. I will never forget waking up from anesthesia at Crittenton and there she was grinning at me in the recovery room. She was grinning because tucked under my arm was a “baby” she had make out of a styrofoam cup and towels with hand drawn face on the cup. I also remember her delight when I gave birth to my own “David Michael”. She was one of the most special and precious women that God placed on this earth. Resting now in peace!

Darlene darlene

June 27, 2021

I met “mama” Perry from being life sisters with her daughter Marcie ! I will cherish all the memories we have made over the years ! I will never forget the laughter , the lessons or the stories told and I will especially always remember the “bird” song from camp 😂 you were a special woman Mama Dora and you will be dearly missed ! Rest peacefully !

Jackie Keur

June 24, 2021

We have such great memories of Dora from camp. If there was any mischief going on you could bet she was in the middle of it. What a very special lady she was. Rest in peace sweet friend.

Robert St. Louis

June 24, 2021

I first met Dora as a kid, at Wolverine Christian Service Camp. She was our nurse and she treated a bee sting and homesickness as if I was one of her kids. Every year I would go back, and there she would be... loving and caring for every kid as if they were her own.
It wasn't until I grew older and became a faculty member and later a dean that I appreciated her love and service to the Lord. She taught me joy, compassion, and a love of kids that I've never forgotten.

John Slade

June 24, 2021

My favorite aunt I remember going up north and she made us olive loaf sandwiches to eat on the road. They tasted bad but she was a awsome aunt i will miss her so much and will always in my heart. Love you aunt dora

Mersino Faye

June 24, 2021

Though I haven’t seen Dora in our later years, I always liked her. Always,kind, helpful & friendly.
Condolences to her family & especially brother Loren & the Mersino Nieces & Nephews.❤️🙏🏼

Michelle Buckland

June 24, 2021

Oh Muffin, where do I start. I have so many fond memories of us together. Playing games with you, Marcie and David and always laughing! Going to the movies, out to dinner, taking and picking you up from the airport. She had memory problems but yet worked at the information station at the airport. Her and I would talk about anything and everything. She was a good listener and would give me good advice. She called me her adopted daughter and I loved her very much! Fly high Muffin!

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