Mary (Reno) Perkins

After 90 years of generating joy in this world, Mary (Reno) Perkins was celebrated into Heaven April 7, 2018.

Mary was born in Cane Hill, Missouri on November 10, 1927 to Oliver and Maggie Hobbs. Her family moved to Powell, Wyoming when she was 9 years old. She grew up in a family of 12, with 5 brothers and 4 sisters. Of special note is the close relationship Mary shared with her mother and sister, Mabel – a bond driven by the loss of her other 3 sisters, each of whom died young.

On August 23, 1946, Mary married Frank Reno. They began their marriage in Powell, Wyoming, and moved to Billings, Montana in 1954. Mary and Frank had four children: Carolyn (the late Bill) Graves, Dan (Cindy) Reno, the late Ron (Denise) Reno, & Jim (Cindy) Reno.

A joyful, faithful servant, Mary embodied Christ’s example, from Matthew 20:28, to serve “just as the Son of man did not come to be served, but to serve.” And serve she did! Mary worked as a waitress at the Skyview Terrace restaurant for over 35 years. Every popover and ‘ice cream on a cloud’ was delivered with her beaming smile. Coworkers and customers adored her. At home, Mary’s servant heart shone just as bright. She enjoyed preparing meals for a crowd and opening her home to everyone.

Beyond serving, Mary’s love was shown in a multitude of ways. Most endearing were the red lipstick prints she left on every forehead. She never missed the opportunity to send a birthday card with her handwritten S.W.A.K. across the seal. Most importantly, she loved by sharing her faith…a faith she planted into the heart of the Reno family. Her tireless Christian example won others to Christ and cultivated a home environment of joy.

After 45 years of marriage together, Frank passed away in 1991. Mary’s capacity to love never faded. At 68, she married the late Lloyd Perkins on December 27, 1995.

Mary was greeted in heaven by her loved ones listed above. Along with her children, Mary also leaves behind her 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

Thank you, Mom, for the wonderful life you gave us by leading yours with such honor. Your servant heart, brilliant smile, and contagious laugh are gifts we will always treasure. We look forward to Heaven where we will undoubtedly be greeted with your bright red lips pressed against our foreheads.

A Celebration of Mary’s life will be held on Monday, April 16 at 11 am at Heights Family Funeral Home, located at 733 West Wicks Lane. A viewing is planned for Sunday, April 15, from 3-6.

We would like to extend a special thank you to Butterfly Homes and Hospice for their compassionate care.