It is with heavy heart that our family announces the sudden passing of Joan Perrins, born in Great Falls, Montana to Helena and Jim Pannell, and the youngest sibling to Jim, John, and Marylane. Joan graduated from high school at Great Falls Central in 1966, Montana State University, with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 1970, and ASU with a masters degree in 1978. Joan was an educator for 31 years as both a teacher and librarian, touching many lives.
Joan met Jeff Perrins in 1967, and in Jeff’s words, ‘his life then started’. Joan and Jeff were married in Great Falls during the winter of 1971, in -15oF weather. In 2008 Joan retired and she and Jeff spent their time between Gilbert, AZ and Kalispell, MT. Together Joan and Jeff traveled to 28 different countries, and have visited most states within the US. Her favorite pastimes were reading, volunteering for different causes, golf and pickleball.
Joan leaves behind her husband Jeff, her two children, Jake and Jaynee, and grandchildren, Keera, Keegan, and Kylee. Although she is gone, she has shaped our worlds so much.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to St. Mary’s Food Bank (https://www.firstfoodbank.org/give/), one of her supported charities, or another charity of your choosing.
A remembrance event has been scheduled at Gilbert Memorial Park (2100 E Queen Creek Rd., Gilbert, AZ 85297). The service has been scheduled for May 28th (Thursday) from 11-1 pm. At the service we will be sharing photos of her life and travels, and remembering Joan.