LAKE PLACID - Lois Mabel Lawrence Perkins, aka "Aggie," age 100, passed away at the CVPH Medical Center, Plattsburgh, on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011.
Born in Wilmington on May 23, 1911, she was the daughter of Leslie and Mabel Stringham Lawrence.
Lois was a resident of Lake Placid for many years. In addition to being a homemaker, she worked as a chambermaid for various motels in the Lake Placid area, cleaned summer camps for the S. S. Pierce family, the Honorable Judge Joseph Proskauer, Elizabeth "Kate" Smith and Kate's manager Ted Collins, worked at Camp Minnowbrook, aka "The Music Trail," and was nurses aid at Uihlein Mercy Center Nursing Home. Lois moved to Plattsburgh in 1979.
The highlight of her working career was the time spent at Little Caesar's Pizza. She started there in December of 1982 and retired (a second time) in 1996 at the ripe age of 85.
She was a founding member of the Perkins Family Band and played piano for many square dances in the North Country. She loved music and was always one of the first to get out on the dance floor.
Survivors include her children: Philip (Sharon) Perkins of Lake Placid, Donald (Pat) Perkins of Chazy. Dewey (Emilie) Perkins of Plattsburgh, Phyllis (Joseph) Ezero of Plattsburgh; ten grandchildren: Lois Fischer, Philip Perkins Jr., Daryl Perkins, Donnell Perkins, Daniel Ezero and Lesley Ezero; 19 great-grandchildren and two great great-children; her sister, Betty (Jim) Safford of Scotia; and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by a brother-in-law, Gerald (Mary Jane) Perkins of North Carolina and Tennessee.
She was predeceased by her husband, Francis Perkins, on July 28, 1979; one son, David Perkins on March 9, 2011; two children in early infancy; and one grandson, Brian Perkins, on Aug. 28, 1980; three brothers: Lee Lawrence, Herbert Lawrence and David Lawrence; and six sisters: Laura Haselton, Virginia Mitchell, Josephine Horning, Bernice Cook, Alice Bickford and Luella Ogden.
Relatives and friends are invited to join in a celebration of Lois' life on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 11 a.m. at the Clark Funeral Home in Lake Placid. The funeral will follow at noon at the funeral home with the Rev. Michael Saunders of Crossway Community Church in Willow Grove, Pa., officiating. Burial will be in the North Elba Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one's choice.