Born 8-2-1914 -- Died 10-27-2002
Ethel Lorraine Atkins, 88, of Seymour, Mo., formerly of Viola, daughter of the late Thomas J. and Rebecca Maude King Copeland was born Aug. 2, 1914, in Wild Cherry, Ark. She departed this life Oct. 27, 2002, at Glenwood Health Center in Seymour, Mo.She was married to Tyler Atkins in 1936, at Durham, N.C. During her younger years, she was busy as a homemaker. She taught senior ladies Sunday school class for many years. She was always interested in mission work. She loved cooking for the preachers and their families during revivals. She worked for many years at the Leland Carter Funeral Home and for the Viola School.Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law -- Vernon and Ruthie of Seymour, Mo., W. T. (Dub) and Frances of Salem, Dr. Larry and Jane Ann of Waynesville, Mo., Ron and Glenna of Springfield, Mo.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Mary and Willie of Diamond City and Rita and Randall of West Plains; seven brothers -- Kennard, Harold, Ray, and Leon of Wichita, Kan., Lanis of Springfield, Paul of Strasburg, Mo., and Hayden of Yakima, Wash.; one sister Willi McVey of Wichita, Kan.; 15 grandchildren -- Lanny and Gene Jackson, Joyce Reinken, Nancy Strauder, Mark Copeland, Kent, Matt, Micah and Ruth Ann Atkins, Lanette Henson, Rhonda Barber, Robby and Brian Martin, and Rob Hawkins and Charity Scott; 21 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her husband, Tyler Atkins, Sr.; an infant daughter, Eleanor Ruth Atkins; a grandson, Justin Jackson; an infant brother, Dale Copeland; a sister, Edith Elliott; and her father and mother.Services were Oct. 30, 2002, at Cox-Blevins Funeral Chapel in Salem. Burial followed at Salem Cemetery with Cox-Blevins Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.