Virginia graduated from the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore with a degree in Business Administration. While a student, Virginia met and married Orlando K. Perry, Sr. who had been in business for one year. After graduation, Virginia taught in the Newark and Roselle, New Jersey school system for 10 years. During these years, she also worked closely with her husband, applying her business training to a new and growing business. While working and attending school, Virginia gave birth to her three children, Nancy, Orlando, Jr. and Tracey. She always managed to find time to tend to them lovingly and attentively.
In 1970, Virginia gave up teaching and came to work full time with her husband. Orlando enjoyed having his wife by his side and he can be credited with teaching her every aspect of the business. He often remarked about her business skills and kindly manner with the clients.
In 1975, Virginia enrolled in American Academy - McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in New York City. She graduated and became a licensed funeral direction in 1976.
Orlando Perry's untimely death in 1990 brought a great deal of sorrow to her and her family, but again, she had to rise to the occasion and assume the role of President of the firm.
Virginia was an owner of two successful boutiques, Jinn Re's, a boutique for larger sizes, in Montclair, NJ, and Treasures Unlimited, an accessory boutique in South Orange, NJ. After Orlando's death, the responsibilities of the funeral home required Virginia to devote 100% of her time to the business. And after five years, a decision to close the boutiques was made.
Virginia is a loyal and active member of Bethany Baptist Church, in Newark. She knows that God is the source of her strength. She has served on the Black College and the Building Fund Committees. She also chaired Mothers' Day Weekend and Homecoming "2000". In addition, he also supported and chaired funding raising activities for the Christian Academy, a new addition to the church. Virginia also holds active memberships in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Associate membership in Jack and Jill of America, Essex and Union County Funeral Directors' Association, Garden State Funeral Directors' Association, National Funeral Directors' and Morticians' Association, and Women's Auxiliary, National Funeral Directors' Association and the NAACP.
Virginia has received numerous community service and humanitarian awards. But anyone who knows Virginia Perry can attest to her unpretentiousness. She prefers to stay quietly in the background.
Virginia has given scholarships to many local youngsters. Many of them still call or visit years after graduation. She has employed several former students. One has been employed at the Perry Funeral Home for over thirty-five years; and another for over 18 years.
Virginia loves to travel. She has traveled to four of the seven continents as well as much of the United States, including Hawaii. In traveling, she always inquires of the funeral practices of that country. She also loves to cook soul food and host family and friends at many dinners and brunches at her home. Virginia also collects Black art and has a passion for decorating.
Virginia's children have given her six grandchildren; namely, George, Christopher, Angela, Brianna, Alecia and Tre'.
Despite her many obligations, Virginia continues to finds time for her family - her greatest source of joy!!!