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Obituary of Marian Clarrisa Perky

Marian Clarrisa Stoughton Perky, 99, of Balsam Drive, Keeseville, entered the kingdom of heaven, Sunday, March 21, 2021 from her home. At the time of her passing she was under the loving care of her family and Hospice of the North Country. She was born in Burlington, Vermont, February 23, 1922, the daughter of Perley Melbourne and Pauline (Preston) Stoughton. Marian traveled with her parents in the year of 1932 to reside at Locust Hall Farm in Keeseville, NY. Marian attended Keeseville High School and graduated in 1939. She was party captain at the Lake Placid Club in her teenage years. She attended college at the University of Vermont and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics in 1943. Shortly thereafter, she pursued graduate studies at Ohio State University, Columbus Ohio and received her Master of Science degree in Home Economics and certificate of internship as Therapeutic Dietician in 1944. She taught nutrition and diet therapy at Champlain Valley Hospital. She also taught under the cadet program. On June 30, 1948, Marian united in marriage to Joel DeSelding Perky. Marian and Joel opened Perky Flowers in 1950 which grew rapidly into a full-fledged business, complete with greenhouses and florist. On April 1, 1968, Marian became a Cooperative Extension agent, 4-H division leader. She worked closely with all persons involved in the 4-H program. Among her many accomplishments, closest to her heart was her deep faith in our Lord and Savior, she was a member of the Altar Guild, a Eucharistic Minister and prayers for healing. Marian was so gifted in so many ways, to include works of nature, birch bark canoes, pine needle baskets, gardening, cooking, sewing, knitting, painting, and music. She loved animals and saved as many as she could. She opened her home to many people and many walks of life. Marian was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. Left to cherish the memory of Marian are, her children, daughter, Pauline; sons, Scott (Carolina) and Joel (Elise); grandchildren, Crystal, Christina (Glenn), Maria, David (Denise), Kimberly (Chris), and Gabriella; great-grandchildren, Chelsea, Laura, Ashley (Joe), Faith, Samantha, Jocelyn, and Abigail; great-great-grandchildren, Kyle, Neeko, Kelvin, Nyesha, Sonya, Cali Rose; and many loving nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her son, Craig; granddaughter, Dawn; great-granddaughter, Vanessa; and brother, Frederick Edward Washer. At Marian's request there will be no public calling hours or services. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery in Clintonville. Donations in her memory may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, Shriner's Hospitals for Children, Samaratan's Purse, or the Elmore SPCA. Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 124 Clinton Street, Keeseville, 834-7667.