Obituary for Angela Kay Perry

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Angela Kay Perry

July 3, 1970 - December 30, 2017

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.

Natalie Hollis posted on January 18, 2018

I was lucky enough to work with Angela for my first few years at Scottwood. As a new teacher she made me feel welcome and always offered teaching tips and resources. Her compassion for her students was evident. She had a heart for every child she taught, regardless of race, gender, or disability. She was a constant inspiration not only to her students, but to the staff as well. Angela made a positive impact on my life and my teaching career. Whether I needed to vent, laugh, or cry, her door was always open with a listening ear, and for that I will always be grateful. We lost an amazing teacher and friend. Our building just won’t be the same without her. Heaven gained a truly beautiful soul.

pat reno posted on January 15, 2018

Pam, I didn't know your daughter personally but I had a daughter also who had the same problems as Angela. She received a transplant, kidney and pancreas, and she lived ten more years, but she passed away at 45 also. I send my deepest sympathy and will keep your family in my prayers. Pat

Nancy posted on January 15, 2018

Hello Perry family, please except my condolences on the passing of your beautiful daughter. I was looking for a specific obituary and saw hers. I would have loved to have met Angela and become her friend. She sounds like an awesome person. We have a lot of the same interests. You will think I’m strange but I’ve actually never done anything like this before. Maybe God has a lot to do with it. They do say He works in my steric ways. You daughter is dancing and has all the little animals around her! May God give you all the hope, faith and strength during this very difficult time.

Sylvia Huelsman posted on January 14, 2018

So sorry to read of Angela’s passing. I taught with her at Chase Academy and Sherwood Middle School, so I saw her concern for and dedication to her students. I also know she loved animals, so donations to CHA in her memory are very appropriate. She will be greatly missed.

Sylvia Huelsman posted on January 14, 2018

So sorry to read of Angela’s passing. I worked with her at Chase Academy and Sherwood Middle School, so I saw her concern for and dedication to her students. I also know she loved animals, so I’ll make a donation to CHA in her name. I know she will be greatly missed.

CLARA HOLLOWAY posted on January 14, 2018

pam i am so so sorry for your loss, i am so glad i had the pleasure of knowing angie and getting to do her hair. she was such a sweet soul. i'll miss her waving to me as she went by my house . i was so shocked to read it the paper. if there is anything i can do to please let me know. i know she is in a good place now and no more suffrering. i send all my love thoughts and prays to you and your family.

Krystal Cain posted on January 12, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss. Ms Perry was a wonderful lady that I met at Scottwood last school year while subbing in the office. She was so nice and always made me feel welcome. She will be missed.

Sally Tysen Miller posted on January 12, 2018

What a beautiful tribute to an awesome soul. She will always be with us in our hearts.


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