Born July 3, 1970 to Pamela Kay Perry and James Everett Perry, her heart, so full of love and compassion, beat for the last time on December 30, 2017. She suffered for over 31 years from Type 1 Diabetes and multiple complications, and was waiting for a lifesaving kidney/pancreas transplant that failed to come in time. She fought so long and so hard, but her heart just couldn’t take any more and her body died with her mom at her side. She never smoked, drank, nor used illegal drugs, but struggled through one health challenge after another, amazing everyone with her courage and strength.
Even as her body was being slowly and painfully destroyed, Angela bought a house, car, and paid off every penny of her student loans, all while continuously giving and helping others through teaching and charity. She continued to work fulltime, amazing everyone with her strength and determination, showing up at school when anyone else would have been home in bed, setting an example of dedication and compassion to all who knew her. Ms. Perry truly loved every one of her students, knowing that the ones who were the hardest to love were the ones who needed her love the most. She wanted them to be the best they could be, to get their education, have a good life, and be helpful and kind to others.
Angie was an equal opportunity friend to all. Age, race, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, didn’t matter to her. If you weren’t inclined to be her friend, she would kill you with kindness until you found common ground. Her wicked sense of humor could make you laugh no matter the situation. She loved animals and nature, especially dogs, frogs, bats, and honey bees. She was a dedicated educator, a trustworthy, loyal friend, and the best daughter a mom could ever have. Angela loved 80s music, Rick Springfield, watching TV, old movies starring Joseph Cotten, was an avid reader, and an excellent cook.
Diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 16, she refused to let it destroy her dreams. Her 1st grade teacher, Jane Masys, instilled in her the intense desire to learn, teach, and mentor young people. Encouraged and inspired by many excellent educators along her journey, she managed to graduate from Reynoldsburg H.S., and while working fulltime, earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Education from Ohio Dominican University. In spite of her poor health, Angie was proud to be a registered organ donor, and she gave the gift of sight through donation of her corneas. Please register and discuss organ donation with your family. When you no longer need your physical body, you can save the life of others with your lasting and most precious gifts.
As Angela wished, there will be no formal services. For those who would like to honor her memory with a donation to her favorite charities: Feed and Read Ohio 617 Woodsfield Dr. Columbus, OH 43214, and CHA Animal Shelter 3765 Corporate Dr. Columbus, OH 43231.
She was shocked and saddened by the spread of discord, division, and hatred taking over our human race. Please take the time to get to know someone who may be different from you, and do something nice for someone else every day, and don’t forget to read!
Angie dearly loved her family as much as they loved her, including her chosen families, the Tysens, Smiths, Scottwood Staff and Students, and her goldfish, Blueberry. Without their love and support, we would not have had her with us as long as we did. Rest in peace, sweet Angela, until we meet again.
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