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Margaret "Margo" Southard Perkins

Margaret (Margo) Southard Perkins passed on Monday April 27, 2020. She was 93 years old and passed comfortably in Hospice Home of Rockingham after several weeks of declining health. Margo was born in Central City Kentucky on July 17, 1926. She grew up during the 1929 depression in an orphanage after her father died. She attended Berea College where she earned her Bachelor of Science. Later she earned her Master of Mathematics from University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She married Kenneth Perkins in 1947 and together they raised three children. Margo was a teacher for most of her adult life. She taught in High Point College, Elon College, Altamahaw-Ossippee High School, Western Alamance High School, and Western Alamance Middle School. She wrote, produced, and taught a math program for UNC-TV. Margo also created and taught a program to improve math teacher skills in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County Schools. In 1986 she received the Governor’s Award for North Carolina Outstanding Mathematics Teacher. After retiring, she lived with her husband in Rockingham County and the two of them traveled around the world and country when they were not working on their property. Ken and Margo were active in the support of NC Parks and Nature areas. Margo is survived by 3 children, 8 grand children and 7 great grandchildren. Kenneth predeceased Margo in 2016. There are no services; a private family service will be held later this fall. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in memory of Margaret Perkins to either Hospice of Rockingham County, 2150 NC Hwy 65, Reidsville, NC 27320; or Berea College, 101 Chestnut St, Berea, KY 40403.

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Margo & Co. went to see the Tannahill Weavers lots of times. So much joy in the audience! I remember one time leaving the theater in Carrboro and someone had thrown a brick through Tommy Martin's car window. That was quite a night!

Lauri Stash May 4 2020 10:32 PM

Mrs. Perkins was one of my top ten teachers in all my life. She was my inspiration to become a math teacher and she was a great role model for diligence and having a vision and a path to get to your goals. My regret is that I didnt know her personally. I am glad for having known some of her family. David and everyone, my sympathies. -Carol Brooks Caffarel

Carol Caffarel May 3 2020 10:09 PM

Margo was one of a kind, a special caring person, and someone I will always remember with fondness and love. I was fortunate to work with Margo in the late 70s and early 80s with Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools as we developed math staff development opportunities for teachers working with at-risk students. Margo was a friend and mentor who believed in me during one of my most trying personal times. I learned SO MUCH from this lady - about math, leading teachers, believing in myself, and relationships. Margo was all about relationships with a focus on others, believing in others, helping others, inspiring others. Those two words were Margo - relationships and inspiration. Her husband, Ken, was amazing as well. They both loved nature, wildlife, living simply, and being together. I lost contact with her through the years but never forgot her and will always love her and remember her life lessons. Thank you for everything, Margo. I love you. Brenda Blanchfield

Brenda Blanchfield May 3 2020 10:07 AM

I moved to NC in 1996 and it was lonely. I took a chance via Bev Benner and rode with complete strangers at the time, Linda Noah and her daughter Karla to a beach house on Cape Hattaras. There was a Wild Foods festival. Margo and Doc were already there when we arrived. There were a lot of people bustling around and I thought I would stay out of the way and go largely unnoticed. Margo, however, noticed me. I was struck by her because she asked me questions about myself. Almost no one does that! Margo put me at ease and I had a weekend that I'll never forget and I made lifelong friends. Fast forward more than 20 years. There is a photo of Margo, Linda, and myself on the Perkins property. I adore you Margo, not just for your uncommon kindness but also for your brilliance and your light. You made the world a better place. I miss you already. Lauri Stash

Lauri Stash May 2 2020 7:52 PM

Margo was such a special person, a "free spirit" in the best way! She had a tremendous impact on my life in the 1970s while working in Winston Salem with the Title I Math labs. I was fortunate to work by her side and LEARN from her as we designed and coached the teachers in the labs (also, I was one of those teachers for a couple of years). Her wisdom, knowledge, enthusiasm, ability to work with others, gentle spirit, creativity -all inspired numerous teachers to greater things to help kids. I lost touch in the last years of her life but still thought of her, especially when I used math strategies she taught me with my grandchildren or I made a honey, cream cheese, walnut, sprouts sandwich. I cherish those memories as I know you cherish yours! Love to you, Jeanette Gann

Jeanette Gann May 2 2020 4:20 PM

God bless Ms Perkins and thank you for all the lives you touched thru your teaching years. Thoughts and prayers for the family.

Ray Brooks May 2 2020 12:18 PM

So sorry to hear of her passing. Prayers to all family members:pray:

roseanna lockemy-yancey Apr 30 2020 10:13 PM

Margo and Ken were in my yoga classes. She was such a beautiful person and an inspiration to me. Gentle and inquisitive. I always enjoyed my time with her even after the yogas classes ended. She will be missed.

Pamela Gladden Apr 30 2020 8:57 AM

Mrs. Perkins was my algebra teacher at WAHS. She was a great teacher with boundless energy. Her daughter Susan and I graduated together. Condolences to the family.

Jane May Boone Apr 29 2020 9:05 PM