Margaret (Margo) Southard Perkins passed on Monday April 27, 2020. She was 93 years old and passed comfortably in Hospice Home of Rockingham after several weeks of declining health.
Margo was born in Central City Kentucky on July 17, 1926. She grew up during the 1929 depression in an orphanage after her father died. She attended Berea College where she earned her Bachelor of Science. Later she earned her Master of Mathematics from University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She married Kenneth Perkins in 1947 and together they raised three children.
Margo was a teacher for most of her adult life. She taught in High Point College, Elon College, Altamahaw-Ossippee High School, Western Alamance High School, and Western Alamance Middle School. She wrote, produced, and taught a math program for UNC-TV. Margo also created and taught a program to improve math teacher skills in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County Schools. In 1986 she received the Governor’s Award for North Carolina Outstanding Mathematics Teacher. After retiring, she lived with her husband in Rockingham County and the two of them traveled around the world and country when they were not working on their property. Ken and Margo were active in the support of NC Parks and Nature areas.
Margo is survived by 3 children, 8 grand children and 7 great grandchildren. Kenneth predeceased Margo in 2016.
There are no services; a private family service will be held later this fall. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in memory of Margaret Perkins to either Hospice of Rockingham County, 2150 NC Hwy 65, Reidsville, NC 27320; or Berea College, 101 Chestnut St, Berea, KY 40403.
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