Margaret Perry, age 92, of Otis, was surrounded by family when, on November 3rd, she slipped the bonds of this mortal world and entered heaven as one of God’s good and faithful servants. Margaret was born on October 10, 1930, in Shamrock, Texas to Dewey Bryan Liston and Dee Liston. She was raised in nearby Texola, Oklahoma with her family. After graduating high school in Texola, she attended the Southwestern State College in Weatherford, Oklahoma. While in college, she was a member of the Wesley Foundation, a Methodist campus ministry for college students. It was there that she met Vernon Dwain Perry. They were married on October 26, 1952. From there, they moved to the small community of Otis, New Mexico, not far from Carlsbad. Soon after they started a family with daughters Janet, Jeanne, and Arlene. Widowed in 1964, Margaret began her career as a teacher with the local school districts. She stayed in contact with her extended Perry family and often took her daughters to visit them during the summer and Christmas holidays.
Margaret enjoyed gardening and could often be found working on her farmer’s tan while she tended her crops. She was a long-time member of the First Methodist Church, where she sang soprano in the Chancel Choir. She was an active member of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and United Methodist Women. In both organizations, she held various offices at the local and state level. As an avid reader, she accumulated many books that could be found in her library and other bookcases throughout the home. Margaret was devoted to her family and enjoyed traveling to different parts of the country to visit her children and grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Vernon Dwain Perry, parents Dewey Bryan Liston and Dee Liston, granddaughter Jennifer Jeanne Watson, brother Jackie Liston, and sister Janetta Lowery.
She is survived by her daughters Janet Perry (Terry Mayfield), Jeanne Ann Barnes (Jerry), and Arlene Perry Veitch (Darrell); her grandchildren Larry Barnes, Sheena Mayfield, Kara Hughes, Christopher Veitch, and Bryan Barnes; as well as her sister Anne Gipson, and 8 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Sunday, November 13, 2022 at Denton-Wood Funeral Home. Services are scheduled for 2:00 PM, Monday, November 14, 2022 at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Scott Meador officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Gardens Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Darrell Veitch, Chris Veitch, Larry Barnes, Bryan Barnes, Bryan Hughes, Kara Hughes, Sheena Mayfield and Valerie Barnes. Honorary pallbearers are Rachael, Edward, Parker, Justin, Abigail, Grayson, Landyn and Hannah.