March 6, 1950 May 15, 2020 Mary Yvonne Perry was born on March 6, 1950 in Roanoke, Va. She departed this life on Friday, May 15, 2020. Yvonne was the daughter of the later James Thomas Sr. and Claudine W. Dudley. She was predeceased by her niece, Tia A. Dudley; brother-in-law, Ronald John-Lloyd Terry; aunts, Eloise Saunders and Evelene Smith. Yvonne worked at Virginia Western Community College for 33 years from which she retired. She also worked part time for at Dunman's Floral Supply for 20 years. Those left to cherish her memory includes Yvonne's three children, Richard A. Perry Jr., Derrick S. Perry Sr. and Ericka N. Perry; three sisters, Gail Terry, Evelyn Pannell (Ga.) and Sandra Dudley; one brother, James Dudley Jr. (Catherine) N.C.; grandchildren, Kyla Perry, Marissa Perry, Tia Perry, Nicolette Perry, Shenika Cunningham, Ashley Alexander, Darius Cunningham, Derrick Perry Jr., Tyree Chisley, Sariyah Lewis; 12 great-grandchildren; nieces, Danielle Dudley, Shannelle and Ashley Dudley (N.C.); nephews Marcus Dudley (Ga.), Jason Dudley (N.C.), Cameron Dudley (Germany); uncle, Albern (Sarah) Williams and aunt, Mildred Brower and Ruby Smith (Bedford, Va.) A private funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 22, 2020, at Serenity. Friends may call at Serenity for viewing on Thursday, May 21, 2020, from 4 until 6 p.m. Interment will be in Williams Memorial Park. Arrangements by Serenity Funeral Home and Cremation Service


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I met Mary when I came to work at Virginia Western Community College in 1992. We have been special friends since then. We had a group of ladies from VWCC that did all kinds of fun activities together like Putt Putt golf, playing Pictionary, bowling, movies and of course eating out. Mary had such wonderfully funny stories that she kept us in stitches most of the time. She was the life of “The Party”. One of my favorite memories I want to share is when we played Putt Putt golf. Mary had never played so we showed her how to play. She got tired of playing our way and started playing by her rules. If her ball didn’t go in the hole within a couple of shots she would push the ball in the hole with her foot. When it was your turn she would stick her club in between your legs, goose you, or distract you in any silly way she could think up. The people behind us told us they wanted to play with us because we were having so much fun playing. Mary was the person that added so much fun to playing Putt Putt or anything else we were doing. I will miss her so much. I consider myself lucky to have had her for one of my best friends. I know she is so happy to be in heaven with her loved ones that have passed. She is an angel and will watch over her family and friends in until we can join her in heaven.

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