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Priscilla L. Sandel Perkins of Beaufort passed away peacefully at the age of 93 on July 31, 2021.

She was born on August 10, 1927 in McClellanville, SC to James B. Leland and Abbie Morrison Leland.  She was a graduate of McClellanville High School and graduated with honors at Coker College as a history major.  She was a long time member of First Presbyterian Church where she joyfully sang in the choir and more recently a member of The Parish Church of Saint Helena for a number of years.  Her involvement in many organizations include:  charter member of the Thomas Heyward, Jr. Daughters of the American Revolution, Past President of the Stephen Elliott Chapter United Daughters of the Confederacy, and an active member of the Dr. Henry Woodward Chapter Colonial Dames XVII Century, named for her ancestor and 10th great grandfather.  Additionally, Priscilla (or Pat as many friends called her) was a proud member of the Beaufort Historic Society, Heritage Society of Beaufort, and a Literacy Volunteer of the Low Country.  One of her greatest achievements was teaching for over thirty years, primarily at the Beaufort Junior High School and being named Beaufort County Teacher of the Year.

She is survived by her three children, Anita Sandel Henson (Jody) and Adele Sandel Martin of Beaufort and William C. Sandel, Jr. (Sherra) of Gloucester, VA.   Lovingly known as Meemaw to five grandchildren, Ashley H. Robinson (Jay), Priscilla H. Caselli (Dave), David L. Morris (Farah), James W. Metz, IV., Meredith S. Capece (Giuseppe) and nine great grandchildren.   She was predeceased by her parents, sister Anne L. Bridges, husband Joe C. Perkins and grandson William C. Sandel, III.

She will always be remembered as a true Southern Lady in every way and will be missed tremendously by her family and the many students she taught and thought so much of.   She is now with her savior, family and those close friends who predeceased her.

A memorial service will be held at The Parish Church of Saint Helena on Friday, August 6th, 2021, at 11:00 A.M. followed by a reception at the Parish Church Hall.

The graveside service will be held at the Beaufort National Cemetery at 2:00 P.M.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Parish Church of Saint Helena or your favorite charity.

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  1. Sandy Foster says:

    A true southern lady! Wonderful neighbor & friend. Kindness & hospitality were her hallmarks. Many treasured memories shared with gardening, birds & the wonders of God’s paint brush over the marshes of the Broad River. RIP dear one!

  2. Charlene Shufelt says:

    There are simply no words to describe the impact Pat had on so many lives. As Regent of Thomas Heyward, Jr. Chapter NSDAR, I was truly blessed to have known and admired Pat, the epitome of the very definitions of both Southern Lady and Steel Magnolia. Pat will remain in the hearts and memories of all.

  3. Jody Henson says:

    Priscilla Vanderhorst Leland Sandel Perkins, a beautiful person outside and inside, born of a long line of South Carolinians spanning the very beginning history of this state until Saturday. Her memory will live on as she was the true embodiment of a southern lady who was so full of grace and love for everyone she ever met and taught. Deeply loved by her family, she will also be missed immeasurably by so many. Deo Considerata.

  4. Bliss Baxley says:

    Anita and Jody,

    I am so deeply saddened by the loss of Mrs. Perkins. I felt we had a close bond. She was always so kind to me. I enjoyed staying and visiting with her during some of our events. Mrs. Perkins was a beautiful lady who knew how to dress and carry herself well. Her smile was infectious! She always had compliments for everyone. I am holding her memory deep in my heart. Sending much love to you, your children, and grandchildren. “Mama” will be missed by many friends.

    With love,

  5. Mike McFee says:

    Jody and Anita,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. Truly a gracious lady, and will be missed. Mike

  6. Cheryl Bowman says:

    Jody & Anita,
    So very sorry to hear of your loss. Mrs. Perkins lived a long full life, and was loved by many. So glad she got to be at the last family gathering.

    May She Rest In Peace.

    My Deepest Sympathy,

  7. Theo Woods says:

    Prayers, sympathy and love,


  8. Barbara Richardson says:

    She was such a wonderful lady and so easy to talk to. I sat by her on one UDC trip and she and I talked at length, don’t remember about what. She was very interesting. She will be missed.


  9. Lynne Shirley says:

    To Mrs. Pat’s children,
    I had the pleasure of sitting with Mrs. Pat for about 2 years
    . What a kind, sweet and beautiful woman she was inside and out. We had many conversations about her childhood, her children and grand grandchildren and the love she had for them all. I enjoyed going to see her when she was in assisted living age had wonderful conversations. I will truly miss her and she’ll always have a place in my heart. May God be with you all during this sad time.

  10. Lynne Shirley says:

    To Mrs. Pat’s you children
    I had the pleasure of sitting with Mrs. Pat for about 2 years. What a delightful person. We had many conversations about her childhood, her children and her grandchildren. Her family was everything to her. She was such a gentle, kind person. Never did I ever hear her say anything bad about anybody. I will ever keep her in my heart. I send condolences to her family. God gained a special angel.

  11. Bill DuPre says:

    I have fond memories of “Cousin ‘Cilla” during my brief time in Beaufort (my mother and her mother were siblings). She was intelligent, kind and gracious without being “stuffy.” It was always a pleasure to talk with her. She will be missed, but what a legacy she leaves.

    The world is a better place because of her time on Earth.

    Bill DuPre, Raleigh, NC

  12. Gloria & Jim White says:

    So sorry to hear of Pat’s passing. When we visited her and my brother, Joseph, we so enjoyed her telling of the area’s history, especially telling about the low country. She was so knowledgeable about the area and could speak so eloquently about it all. Mother loved visiting with her when she would visit. I’m sure she will be missed by many. Our prayers and condolences to the family.

  13. Shawn Perkins says:

    The most beautiful southern lady I ever knew! She most certainly will be missed.

  14. Kathy Snell Caine says:

    Anita and Jody;
    I was so sorry to read about your sweet Mom.
    She was a true Southern Lady. She will be missed by family, friends, students and everyone whose life she touched.
    Prayers for peace and comfort for you all.

  15. Ashley Henson Robinson says:

    I was blessed to have the most loving, gracious grandmother for 45 years. Many fond memories of visiting her in Beaufort at her home in Pleasant Farm before it was really developed. We would walk through the woods to the pool and have summer picnics. I remember making homemade ice cream and gingerbread men cookies with her. I remember her playing the piano and teaching me a few songs. She was always active in church and her community and was a loving wife and mother. I remember helping her serve meals on wheels, which I now do. She taught us so much about our family history and heritage. She loved her views of the marsh, breezes off the river and her home of Beaufort! I am confident she was warmly received into heaven by her Lord and her departed loved ones. Miss and love you Meemaw!

  16. Amy Basnett Daughtry says:

    “Miss Cilla” was not only one of my mother’s best friends, she was also one of the most excellent teachers I ever had. She knew how to corral a bunch of mischievous 7th graders and taught us to showcase our creativity. Her patience and kindness were endless. Her friendship with my mother was a huge bonus, and her son William likewise was one of the closest friends of my late brother, Ross. I will treasure the years of memories and love, and know she is resting peacefully now. To all of the family, God bless you and bring you comfort.

  17. Priscilla Henson Caselli says:

    Meemaw as we affectionately called her was the best grandmother anyone could ask for. She always had a smile on her face and she would greet us with a warm hug and a “hey love!” I always loved visiting her and will remember her telling us stories about her life growing up, her playing the piano for us and singing songs…she had such a beautiful voice. I was named after my grandmother and inherited her height as well! I’m so grateful that my older son was able to have a relationship with his great grandmother for 10 years and that she got to meet her newest great grandson (our youngest) several times…pictures I will cherish forever. I am going to miss her sweet voice with the most amazing Southern accent. To know her was to love her.

  18. Kathy Shinn Holley says:

    Beautiful lady!! She was certainly one of my favorite teachers. Throughout the years, we would chat as we ran into each other. She always asked about my family and was truly excited when I shared my late career with her. Obviously, teaching became my next journey. She was a true blessing with a heart of gold. I’m truly sorry for your loss.

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