Doris Elaine Randolph was born December 14, 1934 to Carl and Pearl Randolph in Grants Pass, Oregon. Her parents didn’t give her a middle name, so when she was old enough she was allowed to choose her own. She chose Elaine because of how beautiful it was. Doris passed away in the arms of her son Mark on April 23, 2021.

Doris was married to Robert Hyatt in 1955. Their brief marriage gave them a daughter, Brenda. In 1959, Doris married the love of her life, Sylvester “Lucky” Perkins. They had two sons together, Larry and Mark. Doris and Lucky experienced many happy years together, enjoying family and traveling until Lucky passed away in 2001.

Doris was a sweet person with a compassionate heart and a strong Christian faith. She loved her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and kept them all in constant prayer. She loved to sing and had an excellent ear for picking out harmonies. Hymns were her specialty, and it was rare to find one she didn’t know. Doris loved people and gave freely of whatever she had to anyone she felt had a greater need than herself. She delighted in meaningful relationships with people and regularly exchanged letters with friends and family who lived too far away to visit often, routinely asking how they were doing and how she could pray for them. She was a wonderful example and will be greatly missed.

Doris is survived by her three children: Mark Perkins, who was her companion and caregiver for the past 20 years, Larry Perkins and Brenda Woods. She is survived by her grandchildren, Krystol Berry, Dusty Henson, Joshua Woods, Jon Woods, Jessica Leary, Alyssa Perkins, and Christian Perkins. She was preceded in death by her husband Sylvester “Lucky” Perkins and her daughter in law Marianne Perkins.

An outdoor service was held on Friday, April 30 at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Loleta, led by Pastor Chuck Clark of the Wesleyan Church of the Redwoods, where Doris was a member.


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