DAPHNE (BLISS) PERRY
June 13, 1926 ~ March 22, 2017
Daphne Perry passed away peacefully March 22, 2017 at the age of 90 at home in Vancouver, Washington.
Daphne was born June 13, 1926 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Edwin Samuel and Eunice Naomi (Crosby) Bliss. She attended public schools in Salt Lake City graduating from West High School which honored her in later years as a distinguished alumni. She married Clarence Kettle on September 6, 1943. He passed away in 1947 and she left Utah to attend college in Chicago. During a summer job in Jackson Hole, Wyoming she met John Calvin Perry. They were married on December 20, 1949. They lived in Ithaca, New York where her husband graduated from Cornell University and had their first of five sons. They then lived for a short time in Indianapolis, Indiana followed by a move back to Salt Lake City, Utah where they started the Perry Brothers Candy Factory, named after their five boys. While in Salt Lake, Daphne attended the University of Utah while simultaneously helping with the candy business and raising a family. She continued her education when the family moved to Long Beach, California where she graduated with a Bachelors Degree from Cal State/Long Beach in 1969. The family then moved to Beaverton, Oregon where she worked for eleven years as a caseworker for Children's Services in Washington County, Oregon. Seeing the need to help kids before they got into trouble, she organized the community to develop the Beaverton Community Youth Service Center. She left CSD to become the founder and acting director of the Center. She continued to balance education, work and family and graduated with a Masters Degree in Social Work from Portland State University in 1985 (the day before she turned 59). Since then, she has been in private practice, taught classes in parenting, anger management, and has facilitated groups of Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families. In later years she volunteered at local schools (including 15 years at Mill Plain Elementary School in Vancouver) working with youth and writing articles for school and community newsletters on parenting and communication.
She loved fishing, camping, art, reading, crafts and spending time with her family.
Daphne was preceded in death by her first husband Clarence Kettle, her husband John Calvin Perry, her sister Bernice and sons Don Richard and Brian Calvin. She is survived by brother Edwin C. Bliss, sons John David (Jean), Scott Edwin (Patty), Douglas Todd (Jolynn) and 36 grand children and great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at the Touchmark Assisted Living Community in Vancouver, Washington on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 3 p.m.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers a donation be made to an organization of your choice that supports children and families with life challenges.
Please sign Daphne's Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits.
Published in The Columbian on Mar. 28, 2017