She was born April 6, 1941, in Charleston, Ill. Her parents were the late Lewis E. and Alta J. (Calhoun) Bates and her only sibling was brother Lewis E. "Bud" Bates Jr., who preceded her in death.
Sue graduated from Charleston High School and later attended Eastern Illinois University.
On Dec. 12, 1959, she married her sweetheart of 49 years, Jerry J. Perkins, in a private ceremony in the chapel of the First Christian Church in Charleston, Ill. He survives.
She is also survived by her daughter Lori Ann (Perkins) Morgan and her husband Chester Morgan, sons Scott (Barb) Perkins and Timothy (Julie) Perkins, all of Nashville, Ind.
Three sons preceded her in death, Michael and twin infants, Matthew and Mark. She had six grandchildren, Jeffrey Allen Morgan, Carmel, Ind., Elijah Scott Perkins, Albuquerque, N.M., Kayla Elyse, Matthew Tyler, Michael and Samantha, all of Nashville, Ind.
During her lifetime, she and her husband owned and operated Jerry J. Perkins and Sons Printing, PerFam Printing and Valley Printing in Clay County. They later moved to Brown County, where they owned Indiana Log Homes, Inc., for more than 25 years.
She also operated the Victoria House Bed and Breakfast and later the Great American Merchandising Co., gift shop. After retirement, she and Jerry spent several years traveling together.
She enjoyed traveling, painting, crocheting, shopping and gardening. Her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren.
Carolyn was a member of the First Christian Church, Brazil.
A Celebration of Life service will take place at 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009, at the Faith Full Gospel Church, 6881 St. Rd., 135 N., Brown County. Visitation will be 1 p.m., until service time Saturday, at the church. A private family graveside service will take place at Mound Cemetery, Charleston, Ill.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation and Personalization Center, Morgantown, Ind.
Condolences to the Perkins family may be sent to www.meredith-clark.com.