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Marilyn Atkinson, 80

February 25, 2011

Marilyn Atkinson, 80, born and raised in Punxsutawney, died suddenly Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, at her home on South Main Street.

She was born Nov. 16, 1930, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Leroy Charles and Kathryn (Downey) Mitchell.

She was a 1948 graduate of Punxsutawney High School.

Dec. 10, 1949, following his return from service in World War II, she became the loving wife of George W. Atkinson, the son of Mary and Thomas Atkinson. He survives. They were married 61 years, moved to where his job took them, raised a family, and retired in Buffalo, N.Y., in 1987. Upon retirement, Marilyn and George returned to make Punxsutawney their home once again, where they had lived for the past 24 years.

Mrs. Atkinson will be remembered by her husband, family and friends for her lasting beauty, strong outspoken convictions, love of flowers, especially irises, sewing and counted cross stitching, and her ability to teach herself to do almost anything — except drive a car.

She dedicated her entire life to loving and supporting her husband and raising four independent children. She lived to know and influence six married grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

She had recently traveled to Williamsburg, Va., to celebrate her 80th birthday with all immediate family members present.

In addition to her husband, surviving relatives include four children, Pamela Irons and husband Frank of Douglasville, Ga., Paula Dotson and husband Zechariah of Sicklerville, N.J., Patricia McLean and husband William of Bellingham, Wash., and George W. Atkinson Jr. and wife Mary of Williamsburg, Va.; a brother, Edwin “Bud” Mitchell of Punxsutawney; six grandchildren, Marc, Joe and Matt Irons, Casie Bodine, Shay Garafalo and Breanne Loveland; and eight great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by relatives and a great many spoiled dogs, too.

There will be no public viewing.

Friends will be received from 9 to 11 a.m. today at Brenda D. Shumaker Funeral Home Inc., Big Run.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today, at the funeral home with Pastor Bob Bish officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to the Arthritis Foundation 100 West Station Square Dr., Suite 1950, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15219.

Online condolences may be made at www.shumakerfh.com.

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