Nina Clay Perry, 78, public school teacher

December 28, 1997

Nina Clay Perry, a teacher in Baltimore's public schools for 26 years, died of pancreatic cancer Thursday at the home of a son in the city. She was 78.

Born and raised on a family farm in Roxboro, N.C., she graduated from Person County High School and -- after her 1944 marriage to Luther James Perry -- from Elizabeth City (N.C.) State Teachers College in 1955.

She taught reading at an elementary school in Powellsville, N.C., before moving with her husband to Baltimore in 1956. Mrs. Perry taught reading at Francis M. Wood Junior High and Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical Senior High School, and earned a master's degree in 1972 through evening and weekend classes at what is now Morgan State University.

After retiring in 1982, she spent time gardening, reading and doting on her grandchildren. In 1986, she and her husband moved to Ahoskie, N.C., where she resumed teaching reading to elementary students.

She retired again in 1990 to care for her husband, who was diagnosed with colon cancer.

Mr. Perry died in 1994.

She is survived by four sons, A. Recardo Perry, Luther James Perry Jr. and Clay C. Perry, all of Baltimore, and Len S. Perry of Rockville; a daughter, Yolande P. Marlow, of Levittown, Pa.; an adopted daughter, Hannah W. Johnston of Baltimore; and nine grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at First Baptist Church in Mufreesboro, N.C.

Pub Date: 12/28/97

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