Barbara Schwan Perkins

Barbara Schwan Perkins, born January 26, 1929 in Waco, ascended peacefully to her Heavenly home on Wednesday, September 9, 2020.

Service Information: A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, September 17, at Lake Shore Funeral Home, 5201 Steinbeck Bend, in Waco. Due to current COVID-19 mandates, limited seating will be available.

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In her early life, she was schooled in Waco. She was also a member of First United Methodist Church in Waco. She worked at First National Bank of Waco until her retirement and afterwards loved to spend her time teaching as a substitute for Oglesby Schools.

Barbara, known as Dutch to her family and Gommi to her grandchildren, was a wonderful grandmother and loved to take her grandkids on vacations. She would load up her station wagon with the kids and journey to many different destinations. She was fearless!

Beyond that, she hosted each and every holiday in a place where her entire family could call home.

She lived an exceedingly full life, in which she traveled all around the world. She expressed her love for music, sharing her enchanting voice. Barbara always wore a smile, and her genuine kindness to all was unmatched. She was an inspiration to all she knew, and she will forever remain in our hearts.

She was preceded in her death by her husband, Bill Perkins; her daughter, Tami Autrey Hicks; her sister, Betty Schwan; her brother, Jack Schwan; her mother, Priscilla Harrell; and father, William Schwan.

She is survived by her daughters, Pam Jones and her husband, Tom and Debbi Unger Branin and her husband, Steve; as well as 10 grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren.

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Place of Service: Lake Shore Funeral Home , 5201 Steinbeck Bend; Waco, TX 76708



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  1. I know how special Gommi was toy you, Claire. She was a very special lady. I’ll be keeping you and your sweet mom in my prayers.

  2. Thinking of each of you during your time of loss. Gummi was a genuine southern bell. Her smile was infectious and I know her grand-great grand children loved her . They have many wonderful memories of her and her home. Prayers for the family.

  3. My heart goes out to all of you. We will miss Aunt Barbara, but are thankful for many great memories. Love you all! Becky

  4. Kim Schwan Littlewood

    Aunt Dutch…. so sweet and loving. I wore clothing from Neiman Marcus as a young child because of her! I have missed her for so long. She was always happy and smiling. RIP Aunt Dutch 💓

  5. We were the lucky ones to have had Miss Barbara at Oglesby School. I taught with her assistance for many years and in many capacities. No one was more gracious, endearing and respected than Barbara. I considered her a wonderful friend. My sweet Mother enjoyed her beautiful artist cane for years, and I treasure that cane still. Condolences to all of her family.

  6. Baylor Scott & White Hospice

    The Baylor Scott & White Hospice team would like to extend to you our deepest sympathy. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  7. Carole Jean Abernathy

    I am so sorry to hear about “Dutch’s” death. She was my idol growing up. She sang at our wedding. I know she will be missed by her entire family.
    Carole Jean Abernathy

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