Vernon-Deborah L. Perkins, 66, passed away peacefully with the love and support of her family at her side, on Saturday, April 15, 2023, at the Abraham House of Rome.
She was born in Canastota, on March 20, 1957, the daughter of the Donald and Elaine Chaires Curtis. Debbie grew up in Canastota and was a graduate of Canastota High School. Following high school, she proudly served in the United States Navy. On September 27, 2013, Debbie married Arthur D. Perkins. She had worked at Office Max in Rome as a store manager. She was a devoted and proud member of the Canastota American Legion Post # 140. Debbie had held the offices of Bookkeeper and Bar Steward. Debbie had also worked as a waitress at the former Casatinas Italian café in Canastota. She loved to read books of any type, and was a cross word puzzle master. Most of all, Debbie would love every second that she could spend with family, especially her grandchildren. Her love and caring nature for all will be deeply missed.
Debbie is survived by her husband, Art; her cherished children and grandchildren: Thomas and Denise Curtis, and their children Chloe and Dixie; Nick Clinch; and Ashley Clinch, and her children : Mateo, Noah, Lucas and Eli; her step children: Rachel and Andy Shaw and their children Mia DeVeronica and Ella DeVeronica; Sarah Clinch; Christopher and Corine Perkins, and their children : Ralee, Madison, and Brooke; her brother and sister-in-law, Douglas and Judy Curtis, and their children, Mallory and Jamie; her sister and brother-in-law Joanne and Lee Wallis, and their children Luanne and Melissa; her brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Nay Curtis; her uncles and aunts: Don and Doty Chaires, Dean Curtis and Ron Curtis; her sisters-in-law Rita Clarke, Pat Perkins and Cindy Garrow. Debbie also is survived by her life-long best friend, and born only four days apart, Diane Agans
She was predeceased by her father, Donald J. Curtis; her mother and step father, Elaine and James Bryant; her sister Amy Mowers and Aunt Pat Clarke.
Graveside services will be held for Debbie will be private at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. A celebration of Debbie’s life with Military Honors will be held at a time to be announced, at the Post # 140 Canastota American Legion. Debbie and her family are being provided personal and professional care by Jeffrey T. Paul, Director, of the Coolican-McSweeney & Paul Funeral Home. To offer a condolence or share a memory, please visit: coolican-mcsweeney.com
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