Faylene Alice Perkins, 86, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, died with her family at her side at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick on April 30, 2011, of complications from chronic pulmonary disease.

Faylene was the only child born of Watson and Mona (Burgess) Nickerson in Belfast on May 16, 1924. She attended Crosby High School and her love of education led her to attend one year of post-graduate work there as well.

Following high school, Faye married Rodney F. Black and began work in secretarial positions until her children were born a few years later. They moved to Presque Isle to be closer to her parents who often looked after her children while she worked in the office at Maine Potato Growers’ Association.

After divorcing, Faye, her parents, and her children moved to the central part of the state, where she married Harold Perkins and worked for New England Tel & Tel Company for several years. Before she retired in the 70s, Faye worked as comptroller for Crowe Rope Company in Warren. Following retirement, Faye and Perk spent time traveling all over the Eastern Seaboard in their motor home before finally settling in Ruskin, Fla. After she was widowed, she returned to Maine to be closer to her family.

Faye has left a legacy of friends from her many travels. Friendliness was one of her biggest strengths; she drew people to her with her warm smile, infectious laugh, and her ability to touch people’s hearts and lives. As a younger woman, she liked nothing better than having parties where she and others would gather around the piano to sing as she played.

Faye lived an eventful and very full life. She was very adaptable and resourceful, making important adjustments in her life in order to provide for her children. She was a determined, independent and courageous woman, who was also direct and straight-forward in her dealings with others. Faye enjoyed learning new things, and continued to do so even as she aged, writing emails to her friends and surfing the net on her new computer. Passions in her life included her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren (all of whom she had special nicknames for), eating lobster and rooting for her beloved Boston Red Sox.

Faye was predeceased by her husband, Harold Perkins. She is survived by her son, Bruce W. Black and his wife, Linda of San Marcos, Calif.; her daughter, Roxie M. Black of Cumberland; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren, and many special friends. She will be sorely missed.

A celebration of her life will be planned for later in the year.

Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home, 130 Pleasant St., Richmond, ME 04357.