Sandra June Perkins, first child of Gene and Bonnie Brice, was born June 25, 1951. She passed away February 2, 2016, at her home after a lengthy illness.
Sandra attended school in Hay Springs, Nebraska. While growing up, Sandra enjoyed time spent with cousins, aunts, and uncles. She really enjoyed spending time with Grandma and Grandpa Brice on the ranch. She enjoyed riding the horses, even those stubborn Shetland ponies. Sandra worked at Coral Gables Café, helped at the movie theater that was then owned by Aunt Pat and Uncle Eldie Eaton.
After graduating in 1969, Sandra attended Beauty School in Alliance where she received her cosmetology license, and met her future husband Dave Perkins.
Sandra purchased the Top Knotch Beauty Salon in Hay Springs and worked there for four years.
Sandra was married to Dave Perkins on June 24, 1972.
Sandra worked until she decided to give it up to become a full time wife and mother. Sandra and Dave have three children: Jason, wife Wendy, kids Jared, Shazlyn, and Jayden; Justin, wife Shannon, kids Isaac and Kyra; Jennifer, husband Curt Ward, son Jay.
Sandra really enjoyed going to wrestling meets with the boys, attending scouting events, and band events.
In 1988, Sandra went to work at Pioneer Manor nursing home as an aide. She decided she loved the work and went back to school to get her LPN license in 1989. She joined the LPN State Association and made many trips to Lincoln for meetings and testifying on health care legislation.
She continued to work at Pioneer Manor the whole time.
In 2005 she got her Administration License for Nursing Homes. She became an administrator in Crawford and then in Hay Springs for a bit.
After retiring, both she and Dave still did transportation for the nursing home.
Sandra enjoyed traveling on various trips with Dave. She also enjoyed sewing, quilting, and taking care of her family. She loved her husband, kids, and grandkids. She loved cooking for family get-togethers. She really enjoyed decorating her house for holidays.
Survivors include her loving husband of 43 years, Dave Perkins; son, Jason (Wendy) of Scottsbluff, Nebraska; Justin (Shannon) of Rapid City, South Dakota; Jennifer (Curt) of Scottsbluff, Nebraska; and grandchildren: Jared, Shazlyn, Jayden, Isaac, Kyra, and Jay. Father, Gene Brice of Hay Springs, Nebraska; Brothers, Lyle (Trudy) of Sheridan, Wyoming; Rick (Donna) of Chadron, Nebraska; and sister, Donna (Bob) of Hay Springs, Nebraska; along with many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Preceding her in death was her mother Bonnie Brice, along with many other aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Services will be Monday, February 8, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Hay Springs, Nebraska. Burial will be at the Hay Springs City Cemetery.
A memorial has been established for the Hay Springs Christmas Lights Foundation. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain-Drabbels Mortuary, PO Box 443, Hay Springs, NE 69347.
Online condolences can be made at www.chamberlainchapel.com
Chamberlain Chapel is in charge of arrangements.