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Alma (Gertrude) Perkins

Alma Gertrude Perkins, 96, peacefully departed from this world and stepped into glory on March 2, 2024, leaving behind a legacy of love, creativity, and grace.

Visitation with the family will be from 6-7:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 5, 2024, at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home, 2800 Paramount Blvd., Amarillo.

Services will be at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 6, 2024, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel, 2800 Paramount Blvd., Amarillo.  Burial will follow at Northlawn Cemetery in Dumas, TX.

Gertrude Perkins was born on July 6, 1927, in Blanco, Texas.  She was the 11th of 12 children of Otto Sauer and Louise Deana Baethge Sauer. She moved to Schleicher County with the family in 1929.

She married the love of her life Clyde Smith Perkins on 11/7/1953. Together they built a life and a beautiful family and spent most of their years in Dumas, Tx and then moved to Amarillo, Tx. They shared 70 remarkable years of marriage. Clyde called her Tillie, a name that carried with it a lifetime of shared memories, joys, and the profound bond they shared.  Clyde knew from the moment he saw Tillie, she was the one God intended for him to marry. Their union was a testament to the enduring power of faith and devotion, inspiring all who knew them to cherish the sacred bond of marriage. They attended First Christian Church in Dumas, Tx.

Gertrude was a devoted, kind, and caring mother, finding joy in the love and laughter of her children. She is remembered by her infectious laugh, a melody that echoes through their lives. Some of their fondest memories, are of them gathered together as she would read them books, her voice bringing to life the characters and adventures, leaving their minds full of wonder and enchantment that lingered long after the story was over.

As a grandmother, Gertrude (Grammie) shared her love for Jesus with her grandchildren. She held a special place in the hearts of her grandchildren, who fondly remember summer breaks spent in her company. Together, they embarked on adventures in art classes, where she nurtured their creativity. Her gentle guidance and encouragement inspired them to explore new horizons and embrace the beauty of the world around them. She will be remembered for her steadfast devotion to fostering creativity and nurturing the minds and spirits of her grandchildren.

In addition to her love and devotion to her family, Gertrude found joy in expressing her creativity through art, gardening, and music, all of which she viewed as gifts from God to be cherished and shared with others. Her artistic talents were boundless as she attended many art classes to learn different techniques and mediums. In addition to her love of art, she found joy in the tranquility of her garden. Tending to her flowers and plants brought her a sense of peace and connection to God & nature. Her green thumb and nurturing spirit were evident in every bloom and delicious vegetables that graced her garden. Gertrude enjoyed playing piano and singing old hymns. She was an exceptional seamstress, crafting garments with care and precision.

Gertrude will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Her memory will live on in the beauty she created, the love she shared, and the lives she touched. In her own words, found written in her cherished bible is written a timeless message of faith and comfort, a reflection of her faith and belief in the power of prayer, “May God who hears and answers every heartfelt prayer we say be near to grant you comfort in His kind and loving way.”

She is survived by her husband Clyde S Perkins of Amarillo, three children Gayle Nivens and husband Tom of Amarillo, Carl Perkins of Amarillo, Jan Blades and husband Johnny of Amarillo. Seven Grandchildren Laura Flores (Jason) of Amarillo, Tx, Matthew Blades (Allison) of Great Bend, Ks, Amy Warren (Steven) of Fort Worth, Tx, Ashley Allred (Cody) of Amarillo, Tx, Christy Perkins of Waco, Tx, Jessica Eaves (Levi) of Cleveland, Tn, Cory Perkins (Ryo) of El Paso, Tx. 22 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren.
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