Flora Maxine Perkins


Flora Maxine Perkins, age 96, passed away peacefully with her two daughters by her side, in Woodruff, Utah, on Sunday, June 6.

Maxine was born Dec. 26, 1924, in Keota, Oklahoma, to Herman and Temper Doss.

She married Buster Perkins on May 27, 1942, in Keota, Oklahoma. They had three daughters: Janice, Janet and Cindy.

During their time in Keota, she was a faithful member of the Iron Bridge Free Will Baptist Church, where she held many teaching positions and was a member of the choir. Some of Nannie’s favorite sayings were “Thank you, Jesus” and “Praise the Lord.” A day never went by where she didn’t have a prayerful heart and grateful attitude.

In their early years of marriage, Maxine’s brothers and father moved in with the young couple. During this time, she had to deal with six very high-spirited brothers and learned the art of teasing, cheating at Old Maid and spoiling surprises. These qualities stayed with her for her entire life as her grandkids and great-grandkids can attest to. Oftentimes you could hear Nannie, as her grandkids liked to call her, teasing and tickling the little ones.

During World War II, while her husband Buster was serving in the US Navy, she worked at Douglas Aircraft Company in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she helped build airplanes for the war — she was a Rosie the Riveter for two years.

Maxine proudly served her community of Keota by working as a cook for the senior citizens center, receiving recognition for her many years of service.

She is survived by her daughters, Janet Richards of Harrah, Oklahoma, and Cindy Stuart of Woodruff, Utah; her brothers: Neal Doss of San Angelo, Texas; Vernon Doss of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; and Conway Doss of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; seven grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Buster Perkins; parents, Herman and Temper Doss; daughter, Janice Gilbert; sisters, Ruth Melton and Betty Jones; brothers, H.L. Doss, Arcle Doss and Kay Doss; and a great-great-granddaughter, Payson Midkiff.

A special thank you to Atlas Hospice Care, Natalie Cornia and Kylie Argyle for their kindness and service.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 10, at the Woodruff LDS Ward Chapel.

Friends may pay their respects one hour prior at the church. Interment will follow funeral services in the Woodruff Cemetery.

Online condolences may be given at crandallfhevanston.com.

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