Obituary: Elizabeth Anne (Rimmler) Perkins
Elizabeth Anne (Rimmler) Perkins of Carefree, Arizona, a former longtime resident of Montclair, died at home on Aug. 17, 2022, one month after her 105th birthday party.
Born in 1917 in Teaneck, Mrs. Perkins attended schools in Bergen County and graduated from St. John High School, Paterson, in 1935. She lived in Bergen County and took evening classes for three years at Bergen Junior College.
She married Charles M. Perkins, a commander in the U.S. Maritime Service, in 1944. A woman ahead of her time, she managed to take care of her family while working an office job. In 1948 the family moved to Montclair, where she worked as a secretary and office manager for several small businesses and local branches of larger companies. From 1963 to 1979, she managed the estate and trust department of the Ferguson law firm.
As an active member of the Montclair community, Mrs. Perkins participated in and supported charities and service organizations. Her activities included executive director of the Virginia Harkness Sawtelle Foundation, trustee of The Montclair Foundation, trustee of Camp Nejeda for diabetic children, past president and the first life member of Presby Memorial Iris Gardens, member of the advisory committee for The Haven at Mountainside hospital, honorary trustee for Youth Consultation Services and volunteer for Meals on Wheels.
She continued her civic commitment and active lifestyle after becoming a resident of Carefree in 1994. Through her nineties, she attended Mass daily, often walking the 1 mile to the church.
In her nineties Mrs. Perkins also learned bridge.
She loved entertaining, and her garden was her pride and joy; she shared seeds of all sorts with her friends. She was constantly using her law office and management skills to help people.
Her 105th birthday party was attended by more than 50 friends and relatives. At her 100th birthday, which was held in Hawaii, the family had a cake with 100 small candles. The burning candles and their chimney effect set off smoke alarms, So for her 105th celebration, the cake had only three candles: 1, 0, 5.
Mrs. Perkins is survived by her son, Robert, of Fairbanks, Alaska; two grandchildren, Suzanna of Beaverton, Oregon, and Christopher of Wheat Ridge, Colorado; three great-grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews and their children.
She was predeceased by a son, Fredrick Leigh.
A memorial service and reception is scheduled for Our Lady of Joy R.C Church in Carefree on Saturday, Sept. 3, at 10 a.m. Friends and acquaintances are welcome.
Arrangements were handled by Messinger Pinnacle Peak Mortuary of Scottsdale, Arizona.