Anita Thigpen Perry
A native of Haskell, north of Abilene, Texas, and the daughter of a country physician, First Lady Perry was trained and practiced as a nurse. In 2008, Texas Tech University in Lubbock renamed its nursing school in Perry's honor.
She procured her bachelor's degree in nursing from the then West Texas State University, now West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, south of Amarillo. She holds a master's degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.