Janie Louisa Perry, 84

May 03, 2009

-MAY 1, 2009

Janie Louisa Perry, 84, died of kidney failure on Friday, May 1, 2009, at Washington Adventist Hospital.

Mrs. Perry was the widow of Henry Waycaster Clayton Perry, who died in December 1986. She also was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters.

Born near Gassaway, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Clen and Mary Kyer Brady.

She is survived by daughter, Maritta Perry Grau and husband, Harold Grau, of Frederick, Md.; son, David Perry and wife, Nancy Perry, of Yorktown, Va.; grandchildren and their families, Ryon and Milena Grau and son, Bennet, of London, England; Scott and Ellen Grau and children, Catherine and Adam, of Frederick, and Matthew Grau of Athens, Ga.

She is survived by her sister, Edith Taylor of Winchester, Va.; by numerous nieces and nephews; and by great- and great-great-nieces and -nephews.


Mrs. Perry graduated from Gassaway High School in 1942 and attended Shepherd College (now Shepherd University). During World War II, she worked in a Fairchild airplane factory in Akron, Ohio, and continued that work for several years in Hagerstown, where she and her husband had moved in 1947. For many years, she was an instructor at Hagerstown Business College, from which she retired in 1985.

Mrs. Perry was a member of First Christian Church and the Sunday school class of the Christian Heirs. She held numerous offices at the church, serving as an elder, president and other offices of the Christian Women's Fellowship, and on numerous committees.

She was a member of the Women's Club of Hagerstown, where she was active on several committees, and a member of several local bridge groups.

Funeral services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown, with the Revs. Fred M. Harris and Robert Regenold officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, Hagerstown.

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown, and Wednesday one hour prior to services at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Heart Association or First Christian Church.

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