Joan Arthur Perkins, 82, of Carmel, Ind. and formerly of Sheridan, passed away Wednesday morning, Dec. 12, 2018 at Maple Park Village in Westfield.

Born June 26, 1936 in Sheridan, she was the daughter of the late Arley Ross and Ruby (Fesmire) Arthur.

After graduating from Sheridan High School with the Class of 1954, she continued her studies, earning her undergraduate degree in education from Indiana University and a Master’s Degree in Education from Ball State University.

On July 15, 1967, she married the love of her life, Ronald E. “Ron” Perkins. He preceded her in death on July 8, 2018.

Teaching children was her life’s passion. For more than 35 years she taught at Harcourt Elementary School in Indianapolis. First grade was where she would spend the majority of her teaching career, and that seemed to be a perfect fit for her. It takes a special person to be an educator, especially an elementary school teacher. For Mrs. Perkins, teaching was not a 9-5 job. She spent countless hours thinking about new and creative ways to engage her students and help them learn, without them realizing they were learning. Her class would have special activities throughout the year that focused on whatever holiday was coming up next or any special events, such as the Pan Am Games, that were happening around Indiana. The kids would learn about the subjects in class and then present the material at an open house event for their parents. The kids were always so wrapped up in what they were going to show mom and dad that they never realized they were actually learning something at the same time.  She made it a point to learn as much as she could about her students; from their learning style, to their family dynamics, she would to try to create lesson plans that would focus on each of their individual needs.

Retirement gave Mrs. Perkins the opportunity to focus on some of her other interests. She enjoyed spending time out in the garden tending to her flowers or just puttering around in the yard. If she was outdoors, she was happy. It also afforded her more time to go traveling with her husband and her sisters.

She was a member of the Sheridan First United Methodist Church, where she was active in the Koinonia Circle. She also was an active member of both the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Delta Zeta sorority. Mr. and Mrs. Perkins were also active members of the Westfield Lions Club.

She never really stopped being a teacher. Although she retired from the profession, the birth of her granddaughter, Nora, gave her the opportunity to pick up right where she left off. For that first year as a grandmother, she spent every day with Nora. Technically she was providing daycare, but it was so much more than that. Joan made sure she read to Nora every day, helping to ensure a lifelong love of reading at an early age.

Survived include her loving son, Ross E. (Buffy) Perkins of Carmel; her wonderful granddaughter, Nora A. Perkins of Carmel; and her four siblings, James “Bud” Arthur of Westfield, Marietta Pesel of Speedway; twin siblings Carol Henderson of Westfield and Carl (Lillian) Arthur of Costa Rica; and by the members of her teaching group, whom she regularly met for lunch.

Other than her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Patty Egler and Betty Burton; a brother, Paul Arthur; and by four brothers-in-law, Richard Henderson, Harry Pesel, Noel “Curly” Egler and Phil Burton.

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018 at Kercheval Funeral Home, 306 E. 10th St. in Sheridan. Family and friends may pay their respects that day from noon until the time of service. Burial will follow at Summit Lawn Cemetery in Westfield. Pastor Carol Fritz will be officiating.

Memorial contributions may be presented to the Sheridan First United Methodist Church.