ROUND LAKE, N.Y. – Kathleen Dudley-Perry, known as Katie or Kate to most, passed away early Saturday evening, Oct. 26, 2013, surrounded by family, at the young age of 37.
Kate was a rare combination of beauty, brilliance and kindness. She was always reading her way through a stack of books and a small pile of trashy magazines, her guilty pleasure. She believed in psychics, spirits and the power of positive thinking. She had a special fondness for poodles and pie. Kate cherished each of her roles in life; she was the most loving wife and daughter, compassionate sister, thoughtful friend and teacher and. above all, an amazing mother to her little boy, who was her greatest joy in life.
Kate embraced life with all of her spirit, taking the time to notice, appreciate and celebrate each moment. As a teacher, her heart was full when she shared with her students a passion for punctuation and grammar and a genuine care for their well-being. To her friends, Kate took special care in showing her great love for them. Thoughtful cards, warm embraces and an understanding ear to listen were always at the ready. Kate’s most fierce and loyal love was for her family.
Kate shared a close relationship with her parents, Robert N. and Mary K. Carney Dudley; and her brother, Robert J. Dudley.
Kate was truly in love with her husband, Dominic Perry, and reveled in their family life together with their son, Quinn Copper Lee Perry. Quinn was the answer to Kate’s prayers. To her, he was a shining star with whom she delighted in every moment.
Kate was a graduate of Saratoga Springs (N.Y.) High School, St. Bonaventure (N.Y.) University, Penn State University and Sheffield University in England. A lifelong learner, she loved her job at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, where she was employed as an academic advisor with the Opportunity Program (HEOP). She also taught at the Shenango campus of Penn State in Sharon.
In addition to her husband, son and parents, Kate is survived by her brother, Robert Dudley and his wife Meg; and nephew, Liam Dudley; and uncles, Matthew Carney and his wife Linda, Natural Bridge, N.Y.; Michael Carney and his wife Barbara, Porter Corners, N.Y.; and John Carney and his wife Louise, Corinth, N.Y.
She is also survived and loved by numerous cousins. She was blessed, loved, and always supported by her husband’s family, the Dale and Adriann Perry family of Sharon.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Capital Region Sponsor-A-Scholar Inc., where Kate served on the board of directors, Pine West Plaza, Building 3, Washington Avenue Extension, Albany, NY 12205.
To know Kate was to experience grace. Her life was a celebration that she shared with all those around her. Kate’s spirit of love, gratitude and compassion will carry on in all those who loved her Blue Skies!
Dominic and Quinn will be attending Mass with family and friends in honor of Kate at 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, in St. Joseph Church, 79 Case Ave., Sharon, and then adjourning to Tully’s, 101 Chestnut Ave., Sharon, to celebrate the life of Kate, to say hello, offer sympathy and share a memory or two afterwards.