|Birth: ||Apr. 21, 1862|
|Death: ||Dec. 17, 1948|
Bear Lake County
Daughter of John Bunney and Ann Mallett
Wife of John Absalom Perkins
Survivor Of First Group of Settlers Dies
Death came at 2:30 p.m. December 17 to Mrs. Ann Maria Perkins, 86, a resident of Montpelier since its founding 84 years ago, and the last survivor of that small group of L. D. S. colonizers who settled in Paris in 1863. A daughter of the late John and Ann Bunney, who migrated from their native England and settled in September, 1856 at Bountiful, Utah, she was born in Bountiful April 21, 1862. The following year she accompanied her parents to Paris and in April, 1864 the family of four moved to what was then known as Clover Creek, then Belmont and lastly Montpelier, so named by Brigham Young after the Montpelier of Vermont. The fourth member of the family, a brother of Mrs. Perkins, died at the age of 15.
Mrs. Perkins suffered a stroke September 25, 1942 and since that time has alternated living at the homes of two daughters, Mrs. J. Victor Hanson and Mrs. Joseph A. Burgoyne. She died at the Burgoyne home.
She witnessed and participated in the development and growth of Bear Lake valley, Montpelier and the West. Until the last her mind was clear and rational, and memory excellent. She was known as a courageous and optimistic pioneer, a good neighbor, a helpful and kind companion and a patient sufferer.
She and the late John A. Perkins were married by President Joseph F. Smith October 11, 1878 in the old Endowment House, Salt Lake City. Mr. Perkins died December 20, 1926 at the age of 70. She was an active church worker, having been a teacher in the Montpelier Ward Relief Society for 45 years, 187 to 1918. On the latter date she was chosen president of the First Ward Relief Society and held that position for 14 years.
To Mr. and Mrs. Perkins 10 children were born, seven of whom survive. They are Mrs. Hanson, Harvey B. Perkins and Mrs. Burgoyne, all of Montpelier, Ralph B. Perkins and Joseph B. Perkins, both of Ogden, Mrs. Alfred T. Smedley, Salt Lake City and Mrs. O. David Merrill, Wilmington, Delaware. Also surviving are 42 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild, John Perkins 5th, the year old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Perkins 4th, of Logan.
Three sons, the late John F. Perkins and the late W. Louis Perkins and Ralph B. Perkins served the L. D. S. church in mission fields. Ralph also served in World War I, and 10 grandsons were in World War II armed forces.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday in the First ward chapel with Bishop Royal Clark conducting. The opening song, “Tis Eventide,” was by a trio comprised of Mrs. Conover Wright, Mrs. Wilson Weaver and Samuel C. Hall, invocation, President Sidney E. Burgoyne, speaker, Bishop Clark; tribute from Daughters of Utah Pioneers, read by Mrs. G. W. Irving; vocal solo, “Perfect Day,” Mrs. Walter Hunzeker, accompanied by Lillas Swensen, speaker, President Casper Merrill of the Cache L. D. S. Stake, Logan, speaker, President Lorenzo Swensen, vocal solo, “That Wonderful Mother of Mine,” Max Haddock, accompanied by Mrs. Lester Armatage, benediction, President Silas L. Wright.
Interment was in the Montpelier cemetery and the grave was dedicated by F. M. Winters.
Pallbearers, all grandsons, were Lynn Perkins, Douglas Perkins, Max Hanson, Clinton Hanson, Sherman Burgoyne and Don Perkins.
The Matthews Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
Published in The News-Examiner in Montpelier, Bear Lake County, Idaho, on Thursday, December 23, 1948, on page 1
John Bunney (1827 - 1913)
Ann Mallett Bunney (1830 - 1920)
John Absalom Perkins (1856 - 1926)*
Effie May Perkins Hanson (1883 - 1962)*
William Louis Perkins (1885 - 1946)*
Harvey Bunney Perkins (1888 - 1953)*
Vilate Bunney Perkins Burgoyne (1890 - 1963)*
Ralph Bunney Perkins (1892 - 1967)*
Grace Bunney Perkins Smedley (1898 - 1979)*
Ruth Bunney Perkins Merrill (1901 - 1981)*
John Francis Bunney (1858 - 1874)*
Ann Maria Bunney Perkins (1862 - 1948)
Montpelier City Cemetery
Bear Lake County
Created by: kent shepard
Record added: Apr 11, 2008
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