Joyce ‘Jo’ Perkins of Perry


Joyce “Jo” Perkins, 57, of Perry passed away Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, surrounded by family at her home in Perry, Iowa.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 1 p.m. at the Christ Lutheran Church near Bouton. Visitation will be Monday, Feb. 4 from 5-8 p.m. at the Carris Family Funeral Home and Cremation Care in Perry. Burial will be at the Violet Hill Cemetery in Perry.

Memorials will be given to her family and may be left at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent at

Joyce “Jo” Diane Perkins was born Oct. 28, 1961, in Carroll, Iowa, to Fred Junior and Mary Harriett (Freeman) Ayers.

She graduated from Glidden Ralston High School and then attended Des Moines Area Community College with a degree in nursing.

Jo was united in marriage to Jerry Lee Perkins in Perry April 27, 2000.

All her career was spent working at the Dallas County Hospital in Perry.

Jo enjoyed surfing, spending with her grandkids, playing guitar and anything to do with the water.

In death she rejoins her mother, Mary Ayers; sister, Sherry Ayers; and a sister-in-law, Julie Ayers.

Left to cherish Jo’s memory are her husband, Jerry Perkins; father, Fred Ayers; children, Wayne Buswell of Perry, Mary (Andy) Carlson of Perry, Brooke (Jarad Kruse) Ellsbury of Des Moines, Alex Ellsbury of Des Moines, Stacey Perkins of Winterset, Aaron Perkins of Burwick, Iowa, and Heather (Tyler) Beckel of Winterset; eight grandchildren; siblings, Pam (Paula Frank) VanScoy of Adel and Mike Ayers of Des Moines.


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