Kathleen Alida Perkins, more familiarly known as Kathy, passed away peacefully in Quincy, California, on July 2, 2023. Born on May 12, 1943, Kathy lived a life marked by distinctive individuality, resilience, and a profound sense of self.
Kathy began her higher education journey at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she was a proud member of the Tri Delta sorority. These years set the stage for her rewarding career in healthcare. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology, later expanding her knowledge through advanced training at the University of Colorado Medical School. Kathy served with diligence and commitment in the lab at Plumas District Hospital, demonstrating technical expertise and an eye for detail that characterized her work until her well-deserved retirement in 2012.
The memory of Kathy’s son, Wade Perkins, continued to leave a deep imprint on her life story, even after his untimely departure. His presence continued to shine like a beacon of love, a testament to the everlasting bond of a mother and child, unfading even in the face of time’s passing.
Kathy crossed paths with her husband Greg in Southern California, sparking a partnership that endured until his last breath. Their decision to relocate to Quincy became a significant chapter in their shared journey, marking a 42-year residency until their recent parting. Greg’s departure two months prior to Kathy’s layered an added depth of poignancy to their shared narrative.
Upon retirement, Kathy found tranquility in the simplicity and serenity of nature. An avid outdoors enthusiast, she cherished the peace offered by her home in Quincy. Kathy was a fervent dog lover and a staunch advocate for the fair treatment of animals, reflecting her compassionate heart and unwavering principles.
Known for her dry sense of humor and love for her family, Kathy’s distinctive qualities left a lasting impact on those who had the pleasure of knowing her. She was as unforgettable in her personal life as she was in her professional one.
As we bid farewell to Kathleen Alida Perkins, we honor a woman who navigated life’s intricacies with an unwavering spirit. Her legacy stands as a moving reminder of the power of resilience and the enduring strength of the human spirit. Her memory will continue to inspire us all to remain authentic, steadfast, and compassionate in the face of adversity.
A service to honor and remember Kathy will be held on August 26th at 10:00am, at the Meadow Valley Cemetery. A gathering for friends and family will follow the service to celebrate Kathy’s life and legacy.
In lieu of flowers please consider donating your time or monetary gift to your local animal shelter or rescue.