Alice Marie Perkins, 84, of Orange, formerly of Buna, passed away Thursday, April 16, 2009,in her residence.

Funeral services to remember her life will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 18, in Pinehurst United Pentecostal Church on 40th Street. Officiating will be the Reverend W.W. “Bill” Smith, pastor of the church. Committal, military honors and interment will be at 1 p.m. in Antioch Cemetery in Buna where she will be placed next to her husband.

A gathering of family and friends for a time of reflection will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday in the church. Arrangements are under direction of Dorman Funeral Home.

Born on July 13, 1924 in Gonzales, Calif., Mrs. Perkins had lived in Orange for the last eight years, having moved to Buna in 1973 after she and her husband lived in different locations while she worked as a sergeant and classification specialist for the Air Force at the Pentagon during World War II. After her career in the military, she became a full-time homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. Mrs. Perkins was also a member of Pinehurst United Pentecostal Church in Pinehurst, where she made many friends during her time there. Above all in her life, Mrs. Perkins held a very deep love for her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and for her family.

Preceded in death by her husband, William R. Perkins, who passed away in 1991 and her brother, Eugene Candau, those who will most cherish her memory are her children: daughters, Donna Laughlin and her husband Joe of St. Joe, Illinois and Diana Wagner and her husband Dale of Orange; her son, Kenneth Perkins and his wife Shirley of Houston; her brothers, Larry Candau and his wife Norma of Kingsport, Tenn., and Bob Candau and his wife Rosemarie of Santa Cruz, Calif.; her grandchildren, Gary Heitz, Tabitha Griffin and her husband Kevin, Melanie Wagner, Kelly Brown and her husband Bobby and Keith Perkins; great grandchildren, Cole Heitz, Jessica Brown, Tyler Brown, Abigail Griffin, Hannah Griffin and Slade Wagner.

The family wishes to express their thanks to the staff of Texas Hospice for their loving care of Mrs. Perkins during her final days.