Carlita Candace Murphy Jones Perkins.

When family and friends gathered, Oct. 13, to celebrate the life of Carlita Candace Murphy Jones Perkins, they did indeed “rise up and called her blessed,” in the spirit of the virtuous woman described in Proverbs 31. The life she chose for herself blessed the lives of her husband of 38 years, Charles E. Perkins and their daughter and grandchildren.

“The celebration of her life reflected her love of people, life and most importantly God,” said Rachael Murphy Phillips Humphrey, a loving cousin.

“These characteristics were grown and nurtured over her 59 years,” Humphrey said, adding, “we will hold dear to our hearts our ‘Candy memories’ always.”

Cousin Susan Murphy Wood Barnes, in giving remarks during the Delta Sigma Theta Omega Omega service, spoke of Perkins’ commitment to Christ and of her desires to line up with Delta’s five point programmatic thrust including all facets of public service.

She encouraged everyone at the service to take the “Candy Challenge” because to the remaining Murphy cousins, “Candy always meant a treat.”

Younger cousins Barnes, Humphrey and Perkins spent great summers together when Perkins visited Baltimore from her home in Buffalo.

In family tributes, granddaughters Quortney and Nyjai Muhammad echoed how much their grandmother had enriched their lives.

“Grammie always told me how thankful she was for having me around, but I was the one who was truly blessed with her presence,” was Quortney’s statement in the program.

Likewise, Nyjai’s statement, out of the encouragement she’d received from her grandmother, “I know you’d tell me to stay strong, stay focused, and get my education, so that’s what I’m going to do.”

Carlita Perkins was the daughter of Leeland N. Jones Jr. and Carlita Murphy Jones, granddaughter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority founder, Vashti T. Murphy, great granddaughter of AFRO founder, John H. Murphy Sr.

Before working with her husband in the company they founded, Success Results Consulting, Perkins was director for the Maryland Adult Education Professional Development Program and Gifted Child Resources of Optimal Learning Centers. She provided training and development for Sallie Mae and taught international students for Montgomery County, Md. and Buffalo boards of education as an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teacher.

She served at Victory Christian Church international as a leader in the Extraordinary Women’s Ministry, Marriage Excellence and sang with their Praise Team and Victorious Praise.

A member of The Links and the NAACP, she was also on the AFRO board of directors.

Among those who will cherish their memories of her are her daughter, Marion Jeannelle Perkins Muhammad (Franklin) of Yokohama, Japan; brothers Dr. Leeland Anthony Murphy Jones III (Patricia) of Buffalo, N.Y. and John Aaron Murphy Jones of Honolulu, Hawaii and sister-in-law Mary Frances Dortche (George) of Charlotte, N.C.