Obituary of Eula Lean Perry
Eula Lean Perry, known to all as Eulene, was born on October 11, 1942, to the parents of Rev. James L. Perry and Mrs. Irene Thursby Perry in Dallas, Texas. To this union were two siblings, Tommy Lewis Perry and Dwight DeVaughn Perry. All who preceded her in death.
Eulene has always loved the Lord and professed her faith in Christ and was baptized at the age of 5 years old, at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas. As a member at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, Eulene served in the children and youth choirs; children, youth and adult usher boards and drama ministry. She later served with the Deaconess Board C where she held the office of President for four years. In March 2004, when she moved to Houston, Texas, to be with her daughters and grandson, Eulene joined Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church where she served in the Usher Ministry and Drama Ministry. The Drama Ministry provided her an opportunity to serve out of her passion and work as a leader with the children and youth in preparing them for church plays and presentations. In July 2017, Eulene joined Pastor Christopher Clemons when he was called to plant a church in Pearland, Texas. She faithfully attended and served as a hostess and in the drama ministry at The Way of life Church until she made the decision to return to Dallas. In 2019, Eulene returned home to Dallas, Texas. She joined Family of Faith Christian Center Church in Duncanville, Texas, and held her membership with Family of Faith Christian Center Church until she went home to be with the Lord.
Eulene completed elementary and high school in Dallas, Texas. She was a proud graduate of Lincoln High School, class of 1961. After graduation, Eulene set her sights on attending and graduating from her father’s alma mater Prairie View A&M University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Special Education in 1966. She furthered her educational studies at The University of Colorado (Boulder) in Public Administration, and Utah State University, Logan, Utah.
Eulene’s passion for teaching and working with children led her to a career of teaching and advocating for others. Eulene was employed with the United States Federal Government for over 27 years. Eulene began working for the US Bureau of Indian Affairs in Tuba City, Arizona, as a teacher and counselor teaching English to Navajo students. Eulene later moved to Denver, Colorado, and worked for the Department of Defense, Air Reserve Personnel Center, Lowery Air force Base. While residing in Denver, Colorado, Eulene became a member of Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church and taught Sunday School to youth for four years. Eulene also became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated where she was initiated through the Denver Alumnae Chapter in 1976. Eulene returned to her home, Dallas, Texas, and worked for the US Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights as a Federal Investigator (Equal Opportunity Specialist). She later transferred to the US Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Services as a Freedom of Information and Privacy Act Specialist where she retired. After retirement, Eulene worked eleven years as a substitute teacher for Dallas Independent School District. When she moved to Houston, Texas, in 2004, she worked for Houston Independent School District as a dedicated substitute teacher. While living in Houston, Eulene became an active member of the Washington-Lincoln High school’s Alumni Association-Houston Chapter.
Eulene married Frank Douglas Bivins in 1966, and from this union three daughters were born: Tasha Raquel Bivins, Matiko Bivins Austin and Demetre Kwesi Bivins.
Eulene leaves to mourn her three daughters; son-in-law, Marcus Austin; grandchildren, Franklin Cole Edwards, Madison Austin and Varius Austin; nephew Dewan Perry; nieces, Brigitti Perry, Shelia Richards and Sherry Eulene Perry; great-nieces, Shanandolan Ward, Devan Reynolds, Taylor Perry and Brandice Mills; and a host of relatives and friends.
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