Obituary for Kimberly Perkins

Ponca City Now - May 21, 2020 3:56 pm

Kimberly Jean Perkins

July 20, 1959 – May 20, 2020

Kimberly Jean Perkins, 60, quietly went to be with her Father in Heaven surrounded by family on May 20, 2020 after a brief battle with cancer.

Kim, as she was known to friends and family, was born on July 20, 1959 in Alva, Oklahoma to Robert Francis Perkins and Charlene Mae Rose Perkins. After numerous moves the family settled in Blackwell, Oklahoma. Kim graduated in May of 1977 from Blackwell High School. Upon graduation she made the brave decision to serve her country by enlisting in the United States Army. After basic training she was stationed in Fort Knox, Kentucky where she met Steven Mark Hart. They were married on January 12, 1978 in Radcliffe, Kentucky. On March 5, 1979 they welcomed their first daughter, Jennifer Leigh. After becoming a mother, she received an Honorable Discharge. While Steve was stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas she gave birth to her second daughter, Shannon Kelli, in Manhattan, Kansas. Upon leaving the military, the family moved multiple times before settling in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. Kim began working at the Pawhuska Nursing Home and found her calling. She graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing in the spring of 1992. She then dedicated her life to caring for the community’s elders as a Licensed Practical Nurse. In May of 1999, Kim and Steve decided to part ways and Kim returned to Blackwell. Kim worked for the nursing home for many years before leaving to work for a long-term care facility in Medford, Oklahoma. In October of 2019, Kim decided to move to Bartlesville in order to spend her life with her daughters and five grandchildren. She then cared for many in the Barnsdall Nursing Home.

Kim spent her entire life caring for others. Her healing hands cleaned the boo boos of her children as well as those she helped with their final days. She loved her family. If ever there was a daddy’s girl it was Kim. She loved her dogs, Brooklyn, Gaius, and Penny. She would read for hours on end. Kim found peace in coloring, gardening and crocheting. She was so loved by her children and grandchildren. She will be most dearly missed.

Kim was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Charles and Ethel Rose, her paternal grandparents, Maynard and Myrtle Perkins, her parents, Bob and Charlene Perkins, her former husband, Steve Hart, and her sister-in-law, Terri Perkins. Kim would want to include the numerous others she cared for in her thirty years of geriatric nursing. The family takes great comfort in knowing that she is now restored and enveloped by those she loved so very much. Kim is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Michael Morris, of Bartlesville, Oklahoma and her daughter and son-in-law, Shannon and Joshua Gunter of Bartlesville, Oklahoma. She was the very proud grandmother of Jackson, Greyson, and Elisabeth Morris and Sophia and Cecelia Gunter. She is also survived by her sister and brother-in- law, Jo and Dan Oard of Piedmont, Oklahoma, her brother and sister-in-law, Tim and Jill Perkins of Lequire, Oklahoma and her brother and sister-in-law, Marty and Renee Perkins of Dewey, Oklahoma as well as two nephews and five nieces.

There will be a private memorial in the future. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to The American Cancer Society.