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Juanita Perkins

June 29, 1926 — December 9, 2023


On Saturday, December 9, 2023 Juanita Combs Perkins, of Nancy, passed away peacefully at Jean Waddle Care Center, Hospice of Lake Cumberland. She was 97 years old.  Juanita was born on June 29, 1926 to the late John Henry Combs and Lonnie Pigman Combs in Allock, KY (Perry County).  She graduated from VICCO before marrying Arnold Perkins on September 7, 1949 and relocating to Ohio.  Juanita worked at Wright Patterson Air Force Base before the birth of her two beautiful girls.  She became a beautician while continuing her role as a devoted wife and mother. She also worked at Elder-Beerman Department Store in Centerville, OH. The family spent weekends at their houseboat on Lake Cumberland prior to retirement when they moved to the area.

Juanita was always trying to bring people together and was happiest when hosting family and friends at her farm.  Her family was everything to her and you were treated as part of it whether you were a blood relative or not.  She made sure everyone felt welcome and was well fed, but she didn’t sugar coat anything.  The children often received their first spanking or learned their first curse words from Mamaw Perk!!  She taught her family that no matter how bad things were, there was always reason to celebrate with chocolate cake!  Juanita also loved dancing, mystery novels, politics and quarter horses.

She leaves behind a  daughter, Cheryl Perkins Flynn of Nancy; a son Mark Williams (Venita) of Batesville, IN; two grandchildren, Christy Cox (Jamie) and Michael Williams (Jessica) ;  great grandchildren,

Grayson , Maxwell and Oliver; and many nieces and nephews who were very near and dear to her;  extended family and friends who are saddened by her passing.

Waiting to celebrate the holidays with her are her parents, John Henry and Lonnie Combs; her husband, Arnold Perkins; one daughter, Linnie Sue Williams; and two brothers, John H. Combs, Jr. and Leland Combs, and her son-in-law Rodger Flynn.

Visitation for Juanita Perkins will be on Wednesday, December 13, 2023 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Lake Cumberland Funeral Home, 1046 West Hwy 80, Somerset, KY  42503.  The funeral service will follow on December 13, 2023 at 1:00 pm the Chapel of Lake Cumberland Funeral Home.  Burial will be at Lakeside Memorial Gardens.

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