Mary Sandra Turner Perry
08/23/1934 - 02/20/2018
Obituary for Mary Sandra Turner Perry
Greenwood, MS: Mrs. Sandra Turner Perry passed away Tuesday, February 20,
2018 at Baptist Hospital in Jackson, MS with her family by her side.
Funeral services 2 P.M. Friday, February 23, 2018 at the First United
Methodist Church of Greenwood with Rev. Glen Seefeld and Rev. Brad Hodges
officiating. Interment will be in the Odd Fellows Mausoleum. Visitation is
in the church sanctuary from noon until service time.
Mary Sandra Turner Perry was born August 23, 1934, in Savannah, Georgia, and moved to Atlanta shortly thereafter, where she attended Joseph E. Brown Junior and High School. She attended Atlanta Division, University of Georgia, and the Atlanta Art Institute and has a degree from Emory University.
She worked at American Cotton Cooperative Association and that is where she met her husband of 59 years, Quinton Bordeaux Perry. They married on June 14, 1958, spent their first year in Phoenix, Arizona, then moved back to Atlanta and in 1962 moved to Greenwood, MS.
Sandra was very active in First United Methodist Church where she served as President of the UMW and the Russell Class and was on many different committees though the years. Her greatest achievement was writing and publishing the church history, In His Presence, which took three years. She also published the church cookbook, Treasured Memories. She was Sesquicentennial Chairman and Sanctuary Centennial Chairman.
She was President of the Town & Country Garden Club, President and Charter member of the Greenwood Leflore Council of Garden Clubs, President of the Greenwood Garden Club and active member for 43 years, President of Four Seasons Garden Club, and was a National Garden Clubs, Inc. Master Flower Show Judge. She was a member of the MS Flower Show Judges Council. She shared her floral design talents for many friends’ wedding receptions, community affairs, and church. She was the in house floral designer for Malouf Furniture Company for twelve years.
Sandra was a charter member of Delta Cotton Wives and President of the Ladies Golf Association at the Greenwood Country Club.
Her highest award was the Silver Beaver in Scouting and her greatest love was her family. She was affectionately called “SanMama” by her grandchildren and all of their friends.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Catherine Jowers Turner and Samuel Dunbar Hewlett Turner, and her son, Ron Wesley Perry.
Survivors include her husband, Quinton Bordeaux Perry; her son, Quinton Bordeaux Perry, II and daughter-in-law, Mindy Boothe Perry of Ridgeland, MS; her granddaughters; Ann Turner James and her husband Timothy Ellington James, Jr. of Mobile, AL and Catherine Elizabeth Perry of Ridgeland, MS and her grandson; Ron Wesley (Wes) Perry, II and his wife Alexa Wise Perry of Taylor, MS; her great grandson, Timothy Ellington James III; her brothers, Samuel Hewlett Turner (Joyce) of Richmond, VA, and Marc Allen Turner of Covington, GA; her sister, Marion Turner Harrison (Butch) of Fayetteville, GA and many much loved nieces, nephews and cousins.
Pallbearers will be Charles Bowman, Danny Hardin, Jan Verhage, Jimmy Henderson, Donny Whitehead and Tom Hardin. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. James Love Moore, Dr. Kenneth Lee Hines, and Dr. Perry Whites.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1870, Greenwood, MS 38935-1870 or to a charity of choice.
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