PK passed away peacefully on August 20, 2018, in Patagonia, Arizona, surrounded by her beloved husband, children, and grandchildren. She had bravely battled Parkinson’s disease for many years.
PK was born on July 13, 1943, in Louisville, Kentucky, the first child of Mary Jane and Irving R. Perkin. An Army Air Corps “brat” from the start, she attended many schools in the United States and Europe and was forever after adaptable to new environments. She made friends easily and held both family and friends close even when great distances separated them. Her friends found it interesting to learn her father was a co-founder of the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson.
She met and married Air Force Captain James V. McMahon in Wiesbaden, Germany, in 1966. Their 52 years of marriage were enriched beyond measure by their children, Paisley Jane McGuire (of Patagonia) and Peter Bernard McMahon (of Fort Wayne, Indiana); Paisley’s husband Matt and children Grace Kathleen, Cole James, and Madeline Elizabeth; and Peter’s wife Karen and children Evan Drake and Jack Ryan.
She is survived also by her brother, Dr. Robert F. Perkin of Tucson (and his sons Daniel Joseph, David Andrew, and John Robert), and her sister, Nancy Perkin Beaumont of Chicago (Paul Pomerantz).
A talented artist, calligrapher, interior designer, and event organizer, PK joined forces with three partners to hold an annual holiday crafts fair, “Rainbow’s End,” in Phoenix and Scottsdale for fourteen years. She enjoyed helping others, and for several years worked and taught at Parents’ Anonymous in Phoenix.
After her children left home, she completed her college education at Arizona State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree (summa cum laude). PK had a unique gift for words, and she completed her career as an editor for the book division of Arizona Highways. She retired in 2006 and she and Jim moved to Patagonia the following year.
PK loved and was loved. She will be remembered always for her wisdom, grace, and kindness.
Her funeral will be held at the Patagonia Community Church Sunday August 26th at 1 PM. The address is 387 McKeown Av., Patagonia, AZ 85624. In lieu of flowers, PK asked that donations be made in her name to either the Santa Cruz Foundation for the Performing Arts Santa Cruz Foundation for the Performing Arts, P.O. Box 875, Patagonia, AZ 85624 or the Pima Air and Space Museum.