|Birth: ||Dec. 16, 1919|
|Death: ||Oct. 27, 2011|
A. Vestena Perkins Backus of Wilton passed away on Oct. 27, 2011. She was born on Dec. 16, 1919, in Fredericton, N.B., Canada the youngest daughter of Percival J. and Cora S. (Lovely) Perkins.
The family moved to Wilton, Maine, in May 1922 where Mrs. Backus attended school, graduating from Wilton Academy in the class of 1937. She attended Bliss Business College in Lewiston, following which she was employed in the payroll office of the Wilton Woolen Co., from 1941 to 1944. She also worked in the offices of the East Yard of the New England Shipbuilding Corporation in South Portland.
On March 15, 1941, she married Wayne W. Backus of Farmington, Maine, in Randolph. Following Mr. Backus's discharge from the United States Marine Corps in 1946, she and her husband founded Backus Garage in East Wilton. For 26 years Mrs. Backus was bookkeeper, office manager and partner in the automobile dealership until the business was sold in 1972 to their son, Wally Backus. From 1972 until retirement, she and her husband were investors in rental real estate in the Wilton area where they rehabbed many properties into quality rental units.
Mrs. Backus was a member of the Wilton Methodist Church since the mid 1930s. She was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star and Rebekah Lodge 68 where she served in several offices and was a past Noble Grand. For many years she and her husband wintered in the Caribbean, spending the last 20 winters in Punta Gorda, Fla.
Mrs. Backus is survived by her two sons, Wayne W. II (Wally) and his wife, Annette L. Backus of Farmington and John B. of East Wilton; her daughter, Janis B. Stinson of Dryden, 17 grandchildren and 35 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Wayne of 69 years; three brothers, Percy LeRoy Perkins, John A. H. Perkins and William R. Perkins; one sister, Eva Perkins Singleton; and a granddaughter Leah K. Stinson.
Interment will be at the Lakeview Cemetery in Wilton. (Morning Sentinel 10/31/2011)
Created by: Bev Winship
Record added: Oct 31, 2011
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