Who Was Nancy K Perry
H. 4268 — Rep. Moss: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
TO COMMEND MRS. NANCY K. PERRY, OFLEXINGTON COUNTY, FOR HER EXCELLENCE AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SOUTH CAROLINA CHILDREN’S HOME AND FAMILY SERVICES, AND TO EXPRESS THE GRATITUDE OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA GENERAL ASSEMBLY FOR HER MANY YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE CHILDREN AND FAMILIES OF THIS GREAT STATE
Whereas, with dignity and excellence, Mrs. Nancy K. Perry, of Lexington County, for twenty-nine years has been a champion for the welfare of South Carolina’s children and families, from 1978 to 2002 as executive director of the Nancy K. Perry Children’s Shelter, Inc., and since 1994 as executive director of South Carolina Children’s Home and Family Services; and
Whereas, not one to neglect her civic duty, Nancy Perry further gives of herself as a member of Southeastern Child Care Association, Emergency Shelter Network, Mental Health Association in South Carolina, Lexington Junior Women’s Club, Child Welfare League of America, South Carolina Fair Share, and Voices for South Carolina Children. In addition, she has been appointed to the Juvenile Justice Task Force, Education Excellence Task Force, and Maternal, Infant and Child Health Council; and
Whereas, her concern for the welfare of South Carolina’s children and families is also evident in her work as a member of Shiloh United Methodist Church, where she is active as Sunday School teacher, Family Ministries chairman, and choir member; and
Whereas, Mrs. Perry, taking her responsibilities with the seriousness they deserve, has labored diligently for the welfare of South Carolina’s children and families and has well repaid the trust placed in her by this great State.
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring
That the members of the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina, by this resolution, commend Mrs. Nancy K. Perry for her excellence as executive director of South Carolina Children’s Home and Family Services, and express the gratitude of the South Carolina General Assembly for her many years of service to the children and families of this great State.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be presented to Mrs. Nancy K.Perry.
LEXINGTON – A Celebration of Life service for Nancy Kinsella Perry, 62, will be held at a later date. The family will receive friends from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel. Memorials may be made to Nancy K. Perry Endowment at Nancy K. Perry Children’s Shelter, P.O. Box 344, Lexington, SC 29071 or to Shiloh United Methodist Church, 1000 Spring Hill Road, Gilbert, SC, 29054.
Mrs. Perry was born in Rochester, NY November 9, 1944 and passed away on Saturday, June 23, 2007. She was the daughter of Emilie Dress Kinsella and the late Paul Kinsella. Nancy was a graduate of the State University of New York in Buffalo with a BS degree and received a Master of Education Degree from the University of South Carolina. She was a licensed Independent Social Worker in the State of South Carolina. Nancy began her career in 1972 as the initial house parent with Welcome Home in Lexington. In 1978, Nancy was named Executive Director of this home, which was now the Lexington County Children’s Shelter. She held this position until 1994. In 1992 a new purpose built shelter was constructed and in honor of Nancy’s dedicated service, it was named the “Nancy K. Perry Children’s Shelter”.
Nancy was an Adoption Specialist with Children Unlimited Inc. specializing in Special Needs Adoption. Nancy served in the Office of the Governor, Continuum Care Division as Director of Planning and Development. Nancy was presently Executive Director of the SC Association of Children’s Homes and Family Services.
A Joint Resolution was passed by the State Legislature and concurred by the Senate honoring Nancy’s work with South Carolina children and families. In addition, she received the Palmetto Patriots’ Award from the office of Lt. Governor Andre’ Bauer and she has been approved for the Order of the Palmetto given by Governor Mark Sanford.
Nancy is survived by her husband Roy O. Perry, Jr.; children, Philip “Flip” (Rebecca) Reynolds of West Columbia, SC, Audra (Raul) Cruz of Rowesville, SC, Laura (John) Jefferson of Lexington, SC and Michael (Erika) Perry of Abu Dhabi, UAE; grandchildren, Nicole Heslewood, Alie, Jenna, Jaden and Tre Jefferson, Chase Cruz and Maegan Reynolds; 3 brothers, David Kinsella of Pelion, SC, Paul Kinsella of Atlanta, GA and John Kinsella of Columbia, SC