Perkins, Mary (1821-1900)

Transcription of Obituary In the Christian Messenger

MARY PERKINS, the widow of the late Geo. Perkins, of Bishops Waltham, Hants, entered upon her rest on the 17th of January, 1900, at the age of 79 years. For between forty and fifty years she was an earnest member of the Primitive Methodist Church, first at Meonstoke and then at Bishops Waltham. For many years she filled the offices of Sunday School Superintendent and Society Steward with efficiency. Eleven years before her death she met with an accident to her leg and became bed-ridden. But this did not cause her interest in the work of the Church to slacken, for she continued to make garments for bazaars and sales of work. She was an ardent missionary collector, and though, as we have said, she could not leave her bed, she was always far ahead of the other collectors and she was also Secretary of the Bible and Prayer Union until her death. Though laid aside so completely she never complained. Far from that; she was always cheerful, and it was a delight to go and see her, for there was an atmosphere of saintliness in her room that made one feel that she had much communion with God. Though she lived upon charity, she always insisted upon paying her class-money and would have been grieved had anyone suggested she ought not to do so. She said the Lord had the first claim, and she must give to Him. She was buried by the Circuit minister, assisted by several local preachers in the Bishops Waltham churchyard, service having been first conducted in our chapel in the presence of a large number of sympathising and mourning friends.
‘She hath done what she could.’

Family and other information

Mary was born abt1821 at Throton, Dorset.

Mary was married to George Perkins (abt 1812-1897). George was an umbrella maker.

I have not been able to identify their marriage and Mary’s maiden name.

References

Christian Messenger 1900/250

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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