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KENNEBUNKPORT -- Phyllis Dreese Hackenberg Perry was born in Portland on March 8, 1915, to Jessie Louise Dreese Hackenberg and Murray D. Hackenberg. They moved back to Philadelphia, where she was raised. She attended Temple University majoring in Physical Education. Her college was limited to two years due to the Depression which necessitated her going to work to help support the family.
Her father and mother operated several restaurants in Portland most notably the Capitol Lunch and then did the same in Philadelphia. Her father was severely injured when she was young and Phyllis had to care for him while her mother went to work in the city.
The Hackenberg family bought what is now The Kennebunkport Inn and ran it for many years. Her parents ran the dining room and reservations and Phyllis was to meet her future husband, Leighton W. Perry, while in Maine during the summer. They married in 1939 and spent their life in Kennebunkport. They both had successful businesses. Leighton ran the Texaco Station and Glen Mor Bowling center. Phyllis ran the Fashion Corner in Kennebunkport and then on Main Street in Kennebunk. She was one of a very few women to have their own businesses in that era.
Due to her parents being employed in the restaurant business for many years, Phyllis became an excellent cook herself. She enjoyed watching the cooking channel and collecting many, many cookbooks over the later years.
She was predeceased by her parents; and her husband Leighton who died in 1992. She leaves her children, Leighton and wife Carley Perry, and Sue and her husband Bill Vail; along with her grandchildren, Carol Lamontagne, Kimberly Gagne, Stephen Perry, Sarah Vail Thibodeau and Thomas Vail. She also leaves sister-in-law, Bertha Perry; along with six great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Hospice of Southern Maine, especially Nurse Jess, and her wonderful caregivers: Charlene Davis, Linda Rhuda, Joan Emmons, Michelle Archibald, Bernice Daggett and Pamela Peterson. We will be eternally grateful to the Kennebunkport nurses, Judy Barrett and Susan Jackson, for their compassionate care of our mother.
Visiting hours will be held from 12 to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at the Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer St., Kennebunk, followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Charles Whiston officiating. Interment will be in Arundel Cemetery, Kennebunkport. Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer St., Kennebunk. www.bibberfuneral.com.
Should friends desire memorial donation may be made to:
The Hospice of Southern Maine
180 U.S. Route One #1
Scarborough, Maine 04074
Mrs. Perry's memory.
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Dec. 7, 2012