Joyce “Jo” Perkins, age 57 of Perry passed away on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 surrounded by family at her home in Perry, IA.


Joyce “Jo” Diane Perkins was born on October 28, 1961 at Carroll, IA to Fred Junior and Mary Harriett (Freeman) Ayers. She graduated from Glidden Ralston High School and then attended Des Moines Area Community College receiving a degree in nursing. She was united in marriage to Jerry Lee Perkins in Perry, IA on April 27, 2000. All her career was spent working at the Dallas County Hospital in Perry.


Jo enjoyed surfing, spending with her grandkids, playing guitar and anything to do with the water.


In death she rejoins her mother, Mary Ayers, sister, Sherry Ayers and a sister-in-law, Julie Ayers.


Left to cherish Jo’s memory are her husband, Jerry, father, Fred, children, Wayne Buswell, Perry, IA, Mary (Andy) Carlson, Perry, IA, Brooke (Jarad Kruse) Ellsbury, Des Moines, IA, Alex Ellsbury, Des Moines, IA, Stacey Perkins, Winterset, IA, Aaron Perkins, Burwick, IA and Heather (Tyler) Beckel, Winterset, IA, 8 grandchildren, siblings, Pam (Paula Frank) VanScoy, Adel, IA and Mike Ayers, Des Moines, IA.