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Westfield - Our beautiful mother Ann A. Perry 91, was called to eternal rest on August 17, 2023 at home with her daughter and caregiver at her bedside.
Ann was born March 3, 1932 in Ludlow, MA to the late Manuel Augusto and Joaquina (Morgardo) Augusto, immigrants of Portugal. Ann attended Ludlow schools.
Ann is predeceased by her husband Lawrence (Bud) who died in 2015, her sister Diane Dominique, her brothers Joseph and Ralph Augusto and her eldest son Michael Perry who died in 2022.
Ann and Bud raised their four children in West Springfield. They lead by example working multiple jobs to provide a good life for their family. They proudly supported their sons sports and daughters dance. Ann and Bud were longtime parishioners of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament in Westfield and St Marks in The Villages.
In the 1980’s Ann and her husband owned and operated Larry Perry Sales, a restaurant equipment company in Springfield for 20+years, where she managed the books. In later years, Ann enjoyed working in her daughter’s retail store, Pilgrim Candle, Westfield, In 1983, Ann and Bud moved to be close to family in Westfield.
Then in 2003, they retired to The Villages, FL, where they enjoyed many happy years living close to their sons, brothers, sisters and grandchildren. As a result of her cognitive health, Ann moved back north in 2020 to live with her daughter and her family in Westfield.
Our Mother was devoted to her faith. She prayed the rosary morning and night and read her prayer book cover to cover. Many prayers were answered as a result of her devotion to St. Jude.
An avid golfer. A proud moment she loved to share was a Hole-in-One at the Nancy Lopez CC in FL. She was rewarded a wind chime presented by Professional golfer Nancy Lopez. Mom was well known for her delicious cuisine, passion for entertaining and decorating. As a lifetime crafter, she and our Dad participated in local craft shows and made wood toys for needy children at Christmas. Mom also crocheted lap blankets for patients in the nursing homes.
When not praying, golfing or cooking you would find Mom in her flower gardens nurturing her colorful blooms for all to enjoy.
Our devoted Mother leaves behind her son Joseph Perry & wife Susan of FL, daughter Donna Shibley & husband Joseph of Westfield, son Anthony & wife Karen of FL, daughter-in-law Donna(Michael)Perry of SC, brother, Robert Augusto of FL and sister-in-law Janet Kurtz & husband Patrick of FL. Grandchildren: Jennifer, Anthony, Michael Jr. Amber, Justin, Kayla, Paul and Mia. Great Grandchildren: Paige, Logan, Paisley, Hudson, Makenna, Callie, Vinny, Luca and Sloan. Ann loved her Grandpets Autumn, Joy, Maggie and Jack the cat. Ann also leaves many nieces and nephews.
The Entire Perry Family wish to extend a heartfelt thank you to our Mom’s caregivers: Cheryl Sawyer, Danielle Monnier, Rosemary Thomas, Amanda Cortis and Flo Woodruff (dog-Bella) for caring and loving her as their own. Thank you for the laughter and heartfelt stories of times past. We would also like to recognize the staff at Mount Marie, Holyoke for their gentle care, compassion and friendships. Lastly, we extend our appreciation for the amazing staff of Hospice of Western Mass, especially Mom’s nurse Yvonne for her guidance and for being a great comfort to our family during this difficult time.
Calling hours for Ann A Perry will be held September 9, 2023 at 10am and a Funeral Mass to follow at 11am, both held at Our Lady of Blessed Sacrament Church, 127 Holyoke Rd. Westfield, MA 01085
In honor of Ann’s lifetime devotion to St Jude, please consider a donation in her memory to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Mail donations to St Jude Hospital 501 St Jude Pl, Mempis, TN 38105 or online at www.stjude.org
To express condolences to the family please visit Ann’s memorial page at www.westfieldfuneralhome.com
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105