Barbara Heckler Perkins

August 29, 1926 ‒ July 14, 2020

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Barbara Ann Heckler Perkins, age 93, of Mount Vernon passed away on Tuesday morning July 14, 2020 at the Ohio Eastern Star Home.  She was born on August 29, 1926 in Mount Vernon to the late H G Heckler and Ellen (Mill) Heckler.

Barbara was a 1944 graduate of Mount Vernon High School and a 1948 graduate of Penn State University earning a degree in Medical Technology. She was a devoted wife, loving mother and caring grandmother.  Relishing time with family, crocheting, solving puzzles, reading mysteries and having a good laugh with friends were some of her joys in life.  Barbara treasured the relationships she and Sidney created with their dear friends during the many years of supper club.  She was passionate about the idea of community and graciously gave her time supporting a wide range of organizations. She was focused on fostering and maintaining childhood friendships and keeping her high school classmates connected by always organizing a reunion every 5 years for over 60 years.  She was a member of Gay Street United Methodist Church, Past Matron Knox Chapter #236 O.E.S., Past Mother Advisor Knox Assembly #125 Order of Rainbow Girls, Charter Member and Past President of Mother’s Forum of C.C.L., Honorary Retired Member of Psi Iota Xi Sorority, Charter Member of Gamma Chapter of Kappa Phi Sorority, Board of Trustees of Knox Community Hospital 1983-1985, Board of Trustees of Pediatric Development Center in Mansfield, OH 1972-1981, Old Homestead Club and Secretary of Heckler Drug Incorporated.

She is survived by her children; Daniel (Lynn), Susan (Roger) and Patricia (Christopher); her grandchildren, Jennifer (John), David (Kelly) and Andrew (Melissa); seven great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Sidney and a daughter, Elizabeth Ann Perkins.

Friends may call on Saturday, August 21, 2021 from 10-11AM at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home.  A memorial service will follow beginning at 11AM.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Gay Street United Methodist Church, 18 North Gay Street, Mount Vernon, OH 43050, or Knox County Historical Society, 875 Harcourt Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050 or MTVarts 812 Coshocton Avenue, Mount Vernon, OH 43050.

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  • Remember a wonderful lady. I thought a lot of Barb she will be missed. I thought of her often when I would drive by the house. She always treated me good when I worked for her and Sidney.I will always remember her rest in peace

  • Dearest Susan, I was saddened to learn about the passing of your beloved mother. Please accept my condolences. I pray that the Holy Comforter will comfort you and your family during this time of bereavement. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. Psalm 116:15.

  • I send my condolences to Barbara’s family, Daniel and Lynn, Susan and Roger and Patti and Chris Gipple. My sincere sympathy for your loss and may good memories sustain you at this sad time and for years to come.

  • Barb was such a great lady. She will be missed by the many people who’s lives she touched. Sending prayers to the family

  • My condolences to the family. It was such a pleasure to come and help her with her computer needs. The stories she shared and the life she lived was so full of love and fun. She will be missed by all those whose lives she touched.

  • Love and prayers to Barbara’s family.
    I will miss seeing her. I enjoyed phone visits with her.
    She will be a bright spot in heaven.
    God Bless,

  • Susan, Dan, and Patti,
    What a dear woman your mother was. I know how much her newsy letters meant to my parents when the moved to Sarasota, and how gracious it was of her to share the information with them. I know she will always be with you.
    Ann Gossie McPeek

  • Patty , Sue & Daniel,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May your faith comfort you during this difficult time. Your mom was a very special lady, I am blessed to have met her and I will always treasure the memories we have made.

  • Barb and Sid were customers of mine at Southside Diner for almost 20 years. Sometimes they would eat there twice a day. My favorite thing about Barb was her and I competing on who had the best joke of the day. They were more than customers…they became like family. As soon as I saw them walk in the door I always made sure we had fresh vegetable soup for her and a fresh pot of decaf coffee. To the family…I am truly sorry for your loss and she will be greatly missed. What a beautiful lady with such a spunky soul. I am honored to have been a part of her everyday life, even if it was just serving her meals.

  • Dear Patti, Susan and Dan,
    I met your parents in 1984 as a first year teacher in the MVCS system. Moving to a new town Mary Lou and I were in need of housing for our family of 4 children. Barb was so gracious and accommodating to our situation and our financial restrictions. She knew a teachers salary was minimal during the early career days. We became neighbors for 14 years. Over 36 years we had wonderful conversations about family, local politics and Paul Lynd ( interesting stories to say the least 😂).
    We shared personal tragedies and losses. When we lost our baby Harrison Barb was a great comfort and shared her pain and grief about losing Elizabeth. Her condolence was a God send during a time of need.
    We also laughed a lot and continued a friendship well past the initial 14 years.
    Barb was a strong supporter of MTVarts and the Alcove Dinner Theater. On Barb’s 90th birthday Patti and I surprised her with a birthday tribute at the Alcove from the youth cast of Alice In Wonderland. Barb was over joyed to see the cast of over 30 children serenading her on her special day.
    For a year or two I lost contact and in the middle of a store at Polaris I saw Barb and Susan at the counter of Joanne fabrics. I stopped to pick up an order for our costumer and the three of us caught up with life.
    A year ago in May I stopped by Eastern Star to hello to my dear friend Barb. She, Susan and I had a wonderful visit.
    I have a photo of her and me smiling at the camera . I can’t seem to attach it to this message to share with all of you. I’m sure Susan has a copy.
    I wanted you all to know that your mother was an important part of my early years in Mount Vernon and a strong supporter later on in my life. I am honored and humbled to have had Barb Perkins as my friend.
    God Bless and May Barbara Rest In Peace . ❤️Bruce

  • Sorry to hear that your mom has passed. It was always a delight to see her smile even when I knew she wasn’t feeling well. I still have her placemats, dishcloths and pot scrubbers! All well made. She was a smart, funny, kind woman and I smile when I think of her. She lived a rich and full life. Sorry for your loss.
    Kevin Anderson MD

  • Where do you begin. I often thought of your mom as I would drive by the house. She was often in my thoughts and prayers. Your mom ‘was a tremendous friend to both mom and dad. I know it was hard for her to hear of her passing. Now she’s keeping everyone in line- my parent and your dad. Please know I will continue to think of you all.

      • Thank you Cassie! Mom wore the sweater that your Mom made for her where she had embroided the names of Mom’s grandchildren. It was one of her favorite sweaters. It was a gift of love.
        Praying the Lord will continue to comfort your heart as well.

  • Dear Sue, Patti, and Dan and family, I was so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. She was a charming and delightful person. I still used to see her occasionally at the Beauty Center. Take care and God bless you all ! Sincerely, Valerie

  • Although it was many years past, Barbara’s time and talent will always be appreciated by subsequent and current members of Psi Iota Xi’s Beta Upsilon Chapter. She was instrumental in its longevity now in its 83rd year. We sincerely send her family and friends our condolences and know that her memory will live on in our hearts for future years to come.

  • Thoughts & prayers to Barb’s family…hold tight to those many wonderful memories.