In Memory of Arlene O. Perkins

Arlene O.  Perkins
Arlene O. Perkins
Born: February 26, 1920
Died: April 4, 2016
Age: 96
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Arlene O. Perkins
February 26, 1920 - April 4, 2016
From: Ida Grove, IA

Arlene O. Perkins, age 96, of Ida Grove, Iowa passed away on Monday, April 4, 2016 at the Morningside Healthcare Community of Ida Grove, Iowa.


Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, April 8, 2016 at the United Methodist Church of Cushing, Iowa. The Reverend Doresa K. Collogan will officiate. Committal Services will be held in the Cushing Cemetery of Cushing, Iowa. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., April 7, 2016 at the Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online to 

Arlene O. (Sindt) Perkins was born on February 26, 1920, in Cushing, Iowa, to Otto and Zelma (Fritz) Sindt. Arlene grew up in the Cushing area and graduated from Cushing high school.

Arlene was united into marriage to Gaylen Perkins on September 28, 1937, in Elk Point, South Dakota. The couple made their home in Battle Creek, Iowa. They were blessed with four children: Gail “Dean”, Gwen, Robert, and Garnet.

The family moved and lived on a farm near Cushing, Iowa. Arlene was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Cushing, sold Avon, and was a devoted mother.

Arlene enjoyed being outdoors caring for her yard and garden. She liked visiting with her family, playing 500, and listening to records.

Arlene is survived by her three children, Gail Dean Perkins of Aurora, CO, Dr. Robert (Anne) Perkins of The Dalles, OR, and Garnet Perkins and husband Bill Wilmes of Loveland, CO; grandchildren, Julie Steffen of Aurora, Co, Jill (Korie) Edmondson of Bennett, CO, Michelle (Mike) Porter of Ida Grove, Iowa, Janine Freed of Loveland, CO, Johanna (Keith) Schwartz of Portland, OR; great-granddaughters, Kelsie Edmondson and Dakota Porter; brother, Verdene “Louie” Sindt of Temple, TX; and extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Otto and Zelma Sindt; husband, Gaylen Perkins; daughter, Gwen Steffen; brother, Donald Sindt; and sister Audrey Sharpe.


1:00 p.m., Friday
April 8, 2016

United Methodist Church
Cushing, Iowa


Rev. Doresa K. Collogan


Bill Wilmes
Mike Porter
Robert R. Mohr
Tom Volkert


5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
April 7, 2015

Christensen-Van Houten
Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


Wren Smith, Musician

Congregational Hymns:
"In The Garden"
"Blessed Assurance"


Cushing Cemetery
Cushing, Iowa


Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 10:16 PM
“An older, but favorite, memory of a fantastic woman... I'd be cleaning up the dining room after supper and we would be listening to polka music. When the CNAs would help her up, 9 out of 10 times this is how it went:

It would start as a walk, but Arlene would start to hum, which led the CNA to hum, which put a bounce in Arlene's step, and led to a bounce in the CNA's step. She'd have them both dancing by the time they reached their destination!

She always put smiles on our faces, knowing that it was another day to enjoy friendship and life.

She will be greatly missed! Thoughts and prayers to her family and friends.”
- Tabby Davis
Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 10:15 PM
“To the Perkins and extended families, we extend our condolences. What a great lady she was, as described by granddaughter, Michelle. It's tough to lose such a close family member, and we ask for the peace of our Lord to indwell you all at this time of transition.”
- Ted & Mary Simpson
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