ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Maria Perry, born on May 26, 1933, and passed away on March 7, 2021. We will hold her in our hearts forever.

Maria has so many friends, family and loved ones spread across the US and Spain. Due to the travel limitations imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to bring everyone together virtually until we can gather in person. We dedicate this site to honor her memory and allow her friends and family to share their memories and stories of Maria and add to the collection of photographs.  We would appreciate it very much if you could leave a message or share a story which you had with Maria.

You first have to "Sign In" to leave a message or story. 

You can share your story with Maria in "STORIES". You can add a picture there. When you upload it, you can choose whether to add your picture also to "GALLERY".

To honor Maria, please consider making a donation in her name to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society - online at nmcrs.org or by mail at 875 North Randolph St., Ste. 225, Arlington, VA 22203

"Que el recuerdo de María nos acompañe siempre."

Este sitio web conmemorativo fue creado en memoria de nuestra amada, María Perry, nació el 26 de mayo de 1933 y falleció el 7 de marzo de 2021.  La tendremos en nuestros corazones para siempre.

Maria tiene muchos amigos y familiares tanto en los Estados Unidos como en España.  Debido a las limitaciones de viaje impuestas por la pandemia de COVID-19, queríamos unir a todos virtualmente hasta que podamos reunirnos en persona.  Dedicamos este sitio para honrar su memoria y permitir que sus amigos y familiares a compartir sus recuerdos e historias de Maria, y añadir a la colección de fotografías.  Le agradeceríamos mucho si pudiera dejar un mensaje o compartir una historia que tuvo con Maria.
Primero tienes que "Iniciar sesión" (Sign In) para dejar un mensaje o una historia.
Puede compartir tu historia con Maria en "HISTORIAS" (STORIES). Puede añadir una imagen allí.   Cuando lo carga, puede elegir si desea añadir su imagen también a "GALERÍA"  (GALLERY).
Posted by Danielle Perry on July 27, 2022
My dearest Grandmother,
No matter what you always held a very special place it my heart. You were always so loving and sweet. You made me a crocheted blanket when I was 16 and it has been on my bed ever since. I know how much you loved David and I. You always made us our favorite cakes for our birthdays. Every fish we caught was the biggest fish you had ever seen, and let me tell you no one can cook fish like you. My favorite thing to do with you was watch the hummingbirds. We would sit still and wait as long as I could to see them. If I got a splinter you were there with the tweezer and antiseptic ready to doctor me up! I’m saddened that so much time was lost. I will always love you my dear grandmother.
Posted by Lidia Pardo on August 22, 2021
Os acompañamos en el sentimiento y lamentamos profundamente vuestra pérdida.
Manuel Pardo Ortega y Carmen Pastor Giménez (Barcelona)
Posted by Cecilio Castaño on June 19, 2021
A very sad notice, indeed. We are very sorry, dear friends Roy and family. I was very lucky to meet María when I was a secretary to the Spanish Military Attaché in Washington, D.C. (1969-1974). A very, very efficient assistant to the Attaché handling all matters pertaining to protocol. I have a few anecdotes, but let me tell you this one: On one occasion, as I arrived to the office, I told her: "María, I have a very good news to give you." She said: "Tell me, tell me." I said: "I have won the lottery and I don´t know what to do with such amount of money." She asked: "How much? How much?" I said: "Three dollars." She almost fainted. Then, we both burst laughing. María, a real kind lady. R.I.P. (Teresa, ayer día 18 de junio, recibí tu carta, aunque salió de Richmond el 16 de abril 2021. He repasado toda la colección de fotos con tan gratísimos recuerdos familiares vuestros. Me imagino que la composición musical de fondo es una obra clásica española interpretada a la guitarra por vuestra madre, ¿correcto? Un saludo para todos.
Posted by ILEANA RODRIGUEZ on April 24, 2021
Maria was my co-worker at the Military Attaché's Office, Embassy of Spain, for many years. She took me under her wing and guided me when I first started my job there. Her kind and content personality, as well as her prompt disposition to do her work, was her trademark. I was really lucky to have such a great example to follow. 
I will always be grateful to Maria for so many things that I learned from her, but above all, I will always thank her generosity towards my four children, especially when my marriage fell apart. At Christmas time, she would shower my family with beautiful and lovely gifts that always put a smile in my kids' faces and made them so happy. I will never forget her Christmas and birthdays cards; she really spread love and kindness to everyone she knew.
My heart ached when I learned of her passing, but I know that she is now resting in God's loving arms.
I love you, Maria, and until we meet again! Thanks for being a great friend!
Posted by Gerri Miller on April 20, 2021
Maria was my neighbor in the early 1960’s in Asmara, Ethiopia. She has remained my friend all these years. We had maids so we had time to have fun together. Was so Blessed that she and Roy drove over two hours to meet me for dinner when I was in VA a few years ago. Even tho we lived miles apart, she remained in my heart. Thoughts and prayers for entire family

Posted by Storey Thomas on April 20, 2021
Teresa and Mr. Perry,
So sad to hear about Mrs. Perry, she was always so gracious to Tim and I. So many fond thoughts of the entire Perry Family growing up, from the trips to Drum Point, to playing in our neighborhood. I hope Tony, David and families ( and of course Teresa and Mr. Roy) are doing well. Hopefully one day soon we can all get together. Thoughts and prayers to you all,
Tom Storey
Posted by Lorraine Birkett on April 19, 2021
We have nothing but loving memories of Maria (and the Perry family) when we lived on Centerhill Street. They were the kind of neighbors one hopes to have. We really missed them when we moved away. We have enjoyed keeping in touch with Christmas cards over the years. Maria would always send us the news and updates on her family and we would do the same.
As Christians, we know that she is with our Lord and that we will see her again.
Our prayers now are for the Comfort that only the Lord can provide for Roy, Teresa, and the rest of the Perry family. God Bless you.
Love,
Lorraine and Steve Birkett
Posted by Dana Tuttle on April 17, 2021
Aunt Maria will always be remembered in my heart as a beautiful and kind presence in my childhood memories.
Posted by Angela Handlin on April 14, 2021
My name is Angela (Sorbello) Handlin. I first met the Perry family in Asmara, Ethiopia where the then Chief (SKC USN) Perry was stationed. He was the chief in charge of the Navy Supply Department at Tract A, Kagnew Station. The Supply Office was my first job after graduating from High School.
Every once in a while, the Office used to have a social get-together. On one of those occasions, Maria played Spanish music on her guitar. Never in my life had I seen anyone playing guitar the way she played that day! The passion, strength and love she displayed were amazing. I was at awe at the sound of "Granada" and those moments of fiery music are etched in my mind as one of my best memories of her.
Play your guitar in Heaven Maria and make God smile like you made my heart smile at that wonderful music you played that day!
You and your music are going to be missed!

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Posted by Danielle Perry on July 27, 2022
My dearest Grandmother,
No matter what you always held a very special place it my heart. You were always so loving and sweet. You made me a crocheted blanket when I was 16 and it has been on my bed ever since. I know how much you loved David and I. You always made us our favorite cakes for our birthdays. Every fish we caught was the biggest fish you had ever seen, and let me tell you no one can cook fish like you. My favorite thing to do with you was watch the hummingbirds. We would sit still and wait as long as I could to see them. If I got a splinter you were there with the tweezer and antiseptic ready to doctor me up! I’m saddened that so much time was lost. I will always love you my dear grandmother.
Posted by Lidia Pardo on August 22, 2021
Os acompañamos en el sentimiento y lamentamos profundamente vuestra pérdida.
Manuel Pardo Ortega y Carmen Pastor Giménez (Barcelona)
Posted by Cecilio Castaño on June 19, 2021
A very sad notice, indeed. We are very sorry, dear friends Roy and family. I was very lucky to meet María when I was a secretary to the Spanish Military Attaché in Washington, D.C. (1969-1974). A very, very efficient assistant to the Attaché handling all matters pertaining to protocol. I have a few anecdotes, but let me tell you this one: On one occasion, as I arrived to the office, I told her: "María, I have a very good news to give you." She said: "Tell me, tell me." I said: "I have won the lottery and I don´t know what to do with such amount of money." She asked: "How much? How much?" I said: "Three dollars." She almost fainted. Then, we both burst laughing. María, a real kind lady. R.I.P. (Teresa, ayer día 18 de junio, recibí tu carta, aunque salió de Richmond el 16 de abril 2021. He repasado toda la colección de fotos con tan gratísimos recuerdos familiares vuestros. Me imagino que la composición musical de fondo es una obra clásica española interpretada a la guitarra por vuestra madre, ¿correcto? Un saludo para todos.
her Life

Obituary

On Sunday, March 7, 2021, Maria Nieves Perry, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away at age 87.

Maria was born May 26, 1933 in Barcelona, Spain to Manuel Real and Maria Pardo. After her schooling she worked at the U.S. Naval base in Rota, Spain as a secretary/translator, where she met Richard L. (Roy) Perry. They were married July 3, 1958 and were married for 62 years. They raised a son, David Alan, a daughter Maria Teresa, and adopted son Manuel Antonio. They also took care of Maria’s mother until her passing in 2002.

After coming to the United States, she also worked for the Spanish embassy’s military attaché in Washington, D.C. as a translator. Maria had a lifelong passion for the classical guitar, which she played since age 7.  She became an accomplished classical guitarist and teacher. She had many other interests, including reading, quilting, and she loved to travel.

Maria is survived by her husband Roy, children David, Teresa, and Tony, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews. She is remembered as a sweet, loving, caring person who always had a kind word.

No formal service is planned, due to Covid restrictions, but a memorial remembrance will be arranged in the future at Graves Mountain.  To honor Maria, please consider making a donation in her name to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society - online at nmcrs.org or by mail at 875 North Randolph St., Ste. 225, Arlington, VA 22203. 


Obituario

El domingo 7 de marzo de 2021, María Nieves Perry, amada esposa y madre, falleció a los 87 años.

María nació el 26 de mayo de 1933 en Barcelona, España, hija de Manuel Real y María Pardo. Después de sus estudios, trabajó en la Base Naval de los Estados Unidos en Rota, España, como Secretaria / Traductora, donde conoció a Richard L. (Roy) Perry. Se casaron el 3 de julio de 1958 y estuvieron casados durante 62 años. Tuvieron un hijo, David Alan, una hija, María Teresa y un hijo adoptivo, Manuel Antonio. También cuidaron de la madre de María hasta su fallecimiento en 2002.

Después de llegar a los Estados Unidos, trabajó para el Agregado Militar de la Embajada de España en Washington, D.C. como Traductora. María tuvo una pasión de toda la vida por la guitarra clásica, que tocaba desde los 7 años. Se convirtió en una consumada guitarrista clásica y maestra. Tuvo muchas otras aficiones, como leer, confeccionar colchas y le encantaba viajar.

A María le sobreviven su esposo Roy, sus hijos David, Teresa y Tony, cuatro nietos y seis bisnietos, así como muchos primos, sobrinas y sobrinos. Se la recuerda como una persona dulce, cariñosa y bondadosa que siempre tuvo una palabra amable para todo el mundo.

No se tiene pensado realizar un funeral formal debido a las restricciones de COVID, pero se organizará un recuerdo conmemorativo en el futuro.
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Siempre en el recuerdo de su familia de Jerez de la Frontera

Shared by nuria castellano on July 1, 2021
Con gran pesar hemos recibido la noticia del fallecimiento de María. Su prima María Castellano y su familia tuvieron el enorme placer de vivir un maravilloso reencuentro en el año 1998 en donde pudieron revivir sus recuerdos de juventud en Jerez de la Frontera. A partir de entonces se estableció una relación epistolar que hizo corta la gran distancia que separaba a ambas primas. 
Estará siempre en el recuerdo de nuestra madre, María, su prima, Mary Nieves como la chica inmensamente dulce e inteligente que fue. 
Con todo nuestro cariño para su familia, Roy, hijos, nietos y biznietos, en estos momentos.
María Castellano Real y familia.
Shared by Scott Gravatt on May 5, 2021
There are so many fond memories Maria, especially warm summer days at the ‘Lake House’.  My children (now with kids of their own) grew up with “aunt” Maria and all of the Perry’s as a positive influence.  Maria was always loving and cheerful (but she knew how to lay down the law, too!)  I remember how she would chat away in Spanish with her mother, and the rest of us would wonder what they were saying.  She was simply the kindest, most loving person one could hope to know.  I hope that Roy, Teresa, Tony, and everyone who was close to her can be comforted by the full life she led, and the joy of having known her.
Shared by Joan Jones on April 19, 2021
Lovingly from Georgia Paton...
I was truly blessed to have been a neighbor of Maria's for almost 10 years and a friend for over 20 years. She and her family welcomed us to our former neighborhood with open arms. We walked through some sad times as well as happy ones together. As a perfectionist, she was so inspiring to me and to all those around her. Traveling through live we meet friends who become "special" friends. Maria was one of my "very special friends".