|Birth: ||May 2, 1888|
|Death: ||Sep. 4, 1918|
Ettie May had just begun her career as a military nurse at Fort Meade, Maryland. She had been in nursing for several years but had just volunteered her services when she was stricken with Spanish influenza. She quickly developed pneumonia and died before her family knew of her illness.
In her obituary, she was described as "a young woman of striking personality, strong will power, dependable and worthy of confidence and esteem."
A tribute appeared in the 10 Spetember 1918 edition of the Morganton NEWS HERALD:
"SHE GAVE ALL"
"To die for one's country is heroic, whether death comes to the soldier facing the foe, or by disease to the one in camp who may never have seen a battle or to the nurse who gives her life in ministering to our country's defenders. The young Morganton nurse, Miss Ettie May Perkins, whose death cast a gloom over the town, died as nobly as any soldier the enemy has shot down in France. She went into service gladly, willing; she gave her life for a cause to which she was devoted. It should be a source of comfort to her family that the gold star of service she has given them represents so much of the noble sacrifice and that she has not died in vain but with the others of America's honored dead, that peace, in God's own time, may return to dwell among us."
Forest Hill Cemetery
North Carolina, USA
Plot: Block 3
Created by: Armantia
Record added: Mar 14, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 49678851