May 20, 2014 Atlanta - David Perdue talks to his mother Gervaise Perdue as he greets with supporters at his election night party at Doubletree Hotel in Buckhead on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
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May 20, 2014 Atlanta - David Perdue talks to his mother Gervaise Perdue as he greets with supporters at his election night party at Doubletree Hotel in Buckhead on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

David Perdue’s mother, a life-long educator, has died at 90

May 20, 2014 Atlanta - David Perdue talks to his mother Gervaise Perdue as he greets with supporters at his election night party at Doubletree Hotel in Buckhead on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
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May 20, 2014 Atlanta - David Perdue talks to his mother Gervaise Perdue as he greets with supporters at his election night party at Doubletree Hotel in Buckhead on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
May 20, 2014 Atlanta - David Perdue talks to his mother Gervaise Perdue as he greets with supporters at his election night party at Doubletree Hotel in Buckhead on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

David Perdue and his mother Gervaise at his election night party in Buckhead on May 20, 2014. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

David Perdue’s office announced this afternoon that the freshman senator’s mother, Gervaise Wynn Perdue, has died. She celebrated her 90th birthday earlier this year.

Gervaise Wynn Perdue was a life-long educator in Houston County, along with her husband, David Perdue Sr.

“My mother was a generous woman of great intellect and strength. She was a daily inspiration to our family and so many others in our community,”  Sen. Perdue said in a statement. The announcement did not list the cause of death.

Here’s more background courtesy of Perdue’s office:

Gervaise Wynn Perdue was born in Irwin County, Georgia on April 30, 1926. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and later a master’s degree from the University of Georgia in 1959. She also earned a Specialist in Education from Mercer University in 1971.

A teacher for more than 30 years, Gervaise is remembered as an enthusiastic and caring teacher who willingly shared her skills with coworkers. To help her students flourish, Gervaise initiated one of Georgia’s first Gifted Student Programs in the Houston County School System. Her direct involvement and influence were strengths of the program.

After retirement, Gervaise enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Warner Robins and a resident of Carlyle Place in Macon, Georgia.

Gervaise and David A. Perdue, her husband of 49 years, were the proud parents of David A. Perdue, Jr. of Glynn County, Debbie Perdue of Atlanta, and Dennis Perdue of Cobb County.

Details of a memorial service in celebration of her life will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that gifts be made in her name to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or the First Baptist Church of Warner Robins.


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