Frances Ann Perkins, of Dansville

DANSVILLE-Frances Ann Perkins, 81, died peacefully at home, September 8, 2015, after a long, courageous battle with cancer.


Born to Frank and Ann (Whittemore) June in Jasper, NY, she lived her childhood years in Jasper. After her Mother remarried and moved to Dansville, Fran and her brother Billy lived with their adopted grandparents, Maude and Arthur Whiting. Their dearly beloved Grandpa, Earl June, lived in nearby Canisteo.


She was married to Willard Gray, and they settled in Groveland where she enjoyed being a homemaker. She was an excellent cook and baker who made delicious and picture perfect, pies, cakes and cookies. Her specialties were apple and rhubarb pie, bread and cinnamon rolls. Fran loved reading, crocheting, hand embroidery, interior decoration, gardening, crafts and flower arranging. While living in Groveland, she was a member of the Sparta First Presbyterian Church.


Fran was a stay-at-home Mom before going out to work at Craig Develop- mental Center and SUNY Geneseo, where she was a member of CSEA Local 922. She later went to GCC becoming a Certified Home Health Aide.


She later married Jack Perkins and has lived in Dansville since then.


Fran was a loving, caring, generous, energetic, person who made friends easily. She defied the odds against her on many occasions.


She was predeceased by her beloved brother Bill, and husbands, Willard Gray and Jack Perkins, and special friend Allan Anderson.


Fran is survived by a daughter, Colleen (Richard) Green of Perry, NY; a son, Kevin (Cheryl) Gray, of Dansville, NY; a half brother David H. (Donna) Bebout and families of Middleburg, FL, a cousin and special friend, Sybil Haley and Aunt Dorothy Clark, both of Hornell; a step-daughter, Patty (Rick) Knudsen of Dansville; two step-sons, Mike Perkins of Cornville, AZ and Marc (Ruby) Perkins of Richland, MS.


Those wishing to attend Fran’s memorial service may contact Colleen Green, PO Box 88, Retsof, NY 14569 or send email to, to be notified of the time and place.


Arrangements by Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY. To leave an online condolence or share a memory, visit