The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


April 18, 2013

Delores Irene (Dee) Perry

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Delores Irene (Dee) Perry died peacefully April 13, 2013, at the Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, Mo., surrounded by family.

Dee was born April 29, 1931, in Springfield, Mo., to Kenneth and Beatrice (Watts) Borthick, who preceded her in death along with her sister, Billie Musselman.

Dee will be missed greatly by Bill, her loving husband of almost 60 years and her children, Steven and wife, Sharon, of Kansas City, Robert and wife, Linda, of Palos Verdes, Calif., and Cynthia Perry Azma and husband, David, of Fresno, Calif. Dee was an incomparably devoted grandmother and will be lovingly remembered by her grandchildren, Andrew (and wife, Jennie), Alex, Caroline and Camille Perry and Madeline and Emily Azma.

Dee grew up in Joplin, Mo., and graduated from Joplin High School, Class of 1949. Dee and Bill met in Joplin, and married there on July 11, 1953. Dee and Bill raised their family in many homes and made many life-long friends over the years in Kansas City, Atlanta, Memphis, Mission Viejo, Calif., and finally Syracuse, N.Y., before moving back to Overland Park, Kan., upon Bill's retirement in 1983, to be near family and friends. After returning to the Kansas City area, Bill and Dee spent many happy summers at their second home at the Lake of the Ozarks and many winters enjoying the sunshine and warmth in Palm Springs.

Dee was an avid golfer and tennis player and was very active until slowed down by illness. Dee's greatest joy was any time spent with her family and she took great pleasure in family gatherings to celebrate holidays or milestone events when all of her children and grandchildren could be together around her. Dee was a long time member of Heritage United Methodist Church, 12850 Quivira Road, Overland Park.

Visitation will begin at the church at 9:30 a.m. on April 22, followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. Internment will be in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery in Joplin, at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest contributions to Children's Mercy Hospital, as Dee loved children of all ages. Donations may be made online at or to Children's Mercy Hospital, Resource Development, 400 Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108.

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