Student, Gustavus Adolphus College. Graduate, Bethesda Hospital School Nursing, St. Paul, 1952.
Assistant head nurse University Colorado General Hospital, 1953—1955. Co-owner, director Perry Gas Company, Perry Energy Company, Odessa, Texas, 1967—1982. Vice president Perry Investments, Perry Foundation, since 1982.
Past secretary-treasurer Perry Energy Company, Perry Gas Processors, Perry Gas Transmissions, Inc., PGP Gas Products, Inc., Rockies Oil and Gas Corporation. Board directors Odessa Council on Alcoholism, Task Force on Women, Permian Basin Regional Council Alcohol & Drug Abuse, Our New Beginnings. Halfway house for recovering alcoholic women, secretary, 1982—1986.
President board directors West Texas Pastoral Counseling Center. Governor's appointee Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, 1985—1989. Advisory council, since 1989.
Married Charles Robert Perry, April 9, 1955. Children: Elizabeth Perry Sewell, Charles Thomas, Nancy Marie.