Quietly, on September 17, 2020, with family present, Teresa succumbed to a long illness. She is survived by her daughter’s family, including Tina and Randy Dolinger, and her grandchildren: Austin, Ryan, Dakota and Kali. She is also survived by her mother, Reverend Patt Perkins, her brother Thomas Perkins and his wife, Cathy. There are also numerous nieces and nephews, including Rick and Maggie Perkins, Randy and Camille Perkins, Colby Perkins, and Taylor Perkins, and their children. She was preceded in death by her son Travis L. Perkins, her father, Lyle F. Perkins, and her older brother, Donald L. Perkins.
My mother was a simple woman who worked hard as a successful law enforcement officer for several different agencies during her career. Although very successful as a criminal investigator, she conducted her investigations in a very professional, unbiased manner, showing compassion to those she eventually convicted. She received many accolades from both defendants and defense attorneys, along with the numerous awards for her work from her superiors and prosecutors. My favorite, however, was a letter and plague awarded to her from former President Reagan. My mom also loved helping younger agents find their potential and was requested by both the FBI and the Secret Service to train their agents in various facets of fraud detection. Many of these agents remained her friends throughout her life.
When I was a child my mother received the key to city of San Diego Ca for attempted to enter a mobile home fire and rescue an elder woman. This action was representative of her selflessness as she was deathly afraid of fire, due to an incident when she was a child
Terri loved to read and watch her crime shows and never missed an episode of “All My Children”. Her primary joy was doting over her grandchildren and would spend hours playing with them. Unknown to many, my mom’s obsession was ironing (lol). “Never leave with a wrinkle” was her motto, even your underwear.
My mom gained her angel wings (which I am sure are ironed) and is flying high. May you rest in peace finally and watch over all of those you loved.
Donation in her name can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.