Meg Perry died on December 10, 2005 in New Orleans in a freeway accident with the Frida Bus. She came from Portland, Maine to work on Katrina relief and toiled tirelessly for three months, gutting houses, clearing debris, planting a garden, recruiting volunteers and inspiring us all. She was an activist, environmentalist, communicator and great friend. She loved to read to children and went around to the schools to help with reading programs. She supported United Peace Relief by bringing her crew to us and spending a week clearing and gutting houses. She coordinated the people who volunteered to come to do Katrina relief from Maine. All of us were in shock and pain because of the loss of Meg. Our hearts go out to her family and the wonderful, young people who have worked by her side. She is our hero. We are thankful for her work and the hope that she has given to people who have suffered in the Katrina disaster. Hug your family and friends and pray that we can find a way to make sense of this huge loss. Love to everyone.
Megan Blythe Perry, 26, died Saturday, December 10, 2005 in a vehicle accident in New Orleans, LA. Megan was born in Wurzburg, Germany on November 24, 1979, daughter of Robin C and Rosalie A Perry, while the family was stationed overseas with the U.S. Army. Megan graduated in the top 10 of her 1998 Brunswick H.S. class. She attended Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY and graduated with honors in 2002. At the time of her death, Megan was working with multiple grassroots organizations in the gulf area to aid in the hurricane relief and rebuilding efforts in that region. Megan was a resident of Portland, Maine where she was a active and vocal participant in the humanitarian organization. People’s Free Space. She was passionate about social justice, sustainable energy, organic agriculture and protection of the earth’s resources and environment. Megan is survived by her parents, Robin and Rosalie Perry of Brunswick, ME and Vero Beach, FL; a sister and brother-in-law, Jennifer and Jason Lanter of Oxford, OH; her maternal grandmother, M. Doris Small of Oakland, ME; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Family and friends are invited to share in a celebration of her life at the Brunswick United Methodist Church, 320 Church Road, Brunswick, ME at 2 pm, Saturday, December 17, 2005. The “Meg Perry Memorial Fund” has been established to support the continuation of educational programs for hurricane survivors and to sustain the humanitarian efforts to which Megan dedicated her life. Contributions may be mailed to “The Meg Perry Memorial Fund” c/o Key Bank, 172 Maine Street, Brunswick, ME 04011.
A great friend and Veterans For Peace volunteer passed away unexpectedly on February 15, 2006. I spoke with Dwayne in December as I was planning a trip to Louisiana and he was so disappointed that he could not go due to pending surgery and finances. Dwayne was a special man driven by the great call of Katrina and arrived in Covington with a truckload of supplies and ready to do whatever it took to bring help to outlying areas. He was so knowledgeable about everything from medical to navigation. He was so charming and convincing, he got us through military barricades where no one else could. After running all day, we had many deep conversations in the evening about life, goals and always he spoke of his children. He was warm, tender and loving as well as determined and alert. We affectionately called him our Navigator Man as he could look at a map once and figure out exactly how we could reach areas no one else could get into because of military and police blockage as well as the great amount of debris and no road signs to indicate where we might be. He was amazing. One day Dwayne was listening to the radio and heard about Margaret, a lady with 22 evacuees in her home with no resources. She was pleading for help as she had two transplant patients that needed medicine immediately. It was Dwayne that swung into action and connected with Lynn Meadows to get this household the medications and supplies they so desperately needed. I gave him $500.00 to give to Margaret so she could hang in there until there was some semblance of calm. His smile was as wide as the river. He was a good man and I will miss him so.
With warmest regards,
Dwayne Lawrence Whitehead, 36, of 3102 Avenue K, Fort Madison, WI died at 11:30 am Wednesday, February 15, 2006 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa. He was born June 10, 1969 at Hanford, CA to David L. Whitehead and Bonnie (Krum) Whitehead. On April 16, 1996, Dwayne and Lyn Whitehead were married at the Atlanta, GA Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He worked as a safety management coordinator and driver for Deseret Transportation, Salt Lake City, UT. He delivered general goods to Bishop Storehouses in the northeastern states. He was an amateur radio operator and assisted as a Logistics Medical Coordinator for Hurricane Katrina relief. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He is survived by his wife, Leola “Lyn” Whitehead of Fort Madison; his parents, David and Bonnie Whitehead of Hanford, CA; one son, Andrew Whitehead; and four daughters, Rebecca, Dorthea, Virginia and Eliza Whitehead, all at home; four brothers, Davis Whitehead of Southern CA, Dustin (wife Sarah) Whitehead of Sacramento, CA, Dale Whitehead of Hanford, CA and Donne Whitehead of Southern CA; one sister, Darlene (husband Bryan) Whitlock of Fort Madison; grandfather, Raymond Krum of Hanford; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three grandparents. The family will meet friends from 10 am to 12 pm Tuesday, February 21, 2006 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 2193 Old Denmark Road, Fort Madison, with a 1 pm funeral service at the church. Dedication of the grace will follow the church service at Oakland Cemetery, For Madison. President Jerry Speir will preside. A memorial has been established and contributions may be made at the Barr Memorial Chapel. Online condolences to the Whitehead family may be made at the Barr Memorial Chapel website, http://www.barrmemorialchapel.com.