Mary Anna Atkins

July 01, 1929 ‒ August 19, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Mary Anna Atkins, age 91, of Mansfield passed away Wednesday evening, August 19, 2020 in Jag Healthcare, in Burbank.

She was born July 1, 1929 in Middletown, Ohio to Lawrence and Pearl (Wolf) Jeffery and graduated from Lebanon (Ohio) High School in 1947.

Mary Anna worked as a bookkeeper for Richland and Morrow County Community Action for 16 years retiring in 1991.

After retirement, Mary heard through her church that teachers and missionaries were needed at the Grace Brethren Navajo Indian School in New Mexico. With no prior teaching experience, past the age of 70, she taught a class of 4th grade Navajo Indian children in 1992-93.

Blessed with a pioneer spirit, Mary was part of the founding families for several churches including Lexington Grace Brethren, Grace Community Church in Mt. Vernon and Grace Brethren Church in Aiken, SC.   Mary was also a member of Woodville Grace Brethren Church.

She was a seamstress, sewing countless articles for her children and grandchildren. She loved flowers and relaxing in the sun on her deck. She also loved the beach and traveled to both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans several times to swim. She even tried parasailing when she was in her ’70’s!

Surviving are her children David and Joyce Atkins of Mansfield, Dan and Lori Atkins of Lexington, and Jane Hicks and Bruce Morrison of Smithville; son-in-law Les Kanis of Ontario; her beloved grandchildren Joshua (Amber) Atkins, Amanda (Daniel) Fontanez, Tecca Puckett, Bethanie Atkins, Allison Atkins, Aaron Finley, Casey (Aaron) Richardson, Kari Hicks, and Anna Hicks; 13 great grandchildren and many nieces and extended family members.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter Laurie Kanis, granddaughter Angela Weirick, and a sister Joan Simons.

Friends may call Saturday, August 29, 2020 from 1-3 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where a memorial service giving glory to God for the life of Mary Anna Atkins will be held at 3 pm.  Her son, the Rev. Dr. David Atkins will officiate.  Interment will follow in Lexington Cemetery.

Contributions in her memory may be made to Sending Hope International, 672 Sloane Avenue, Mansfield, Ohio 44903.

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  • Truly sorry to hear your mother! Although I never met, she sounds like a wonderland woman with a pioneering spirit. God bless your family. With condolences, Beth Mast

  • David, only a Godly women could have raised such a Godly son. Now your precious mother rests in the arms of Jesus. What a wonderful place to be!

  • To the Atkins family,

    We extend to you our deepest sympathy at this time of Mary Anna’s passing. We pray for God’s comfort and love to surround you. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Randy and Joan Hubler

  • She was such a sweet spirit. I was able to spend a small amount of time with her as a teenager and she made me feel very special. Praying for comfort for all of her family and loved ones. I know she is watching over all her prosperity. ❤

  • David, Dan, Jane and families,
    You have my deepest sympathy due to the passing of your dear mother. She was a very special friend and sister in the Lord. I will always treasure the memory of the times we spent in her home for our Bible study. She was such a gracious hostess and had a remarkable talent for hospitality. Her home was always open to anyone who needed a place to stay. That kind of spirit only comes from a close relationship with the Lord. I am sure she is in His arms now, and enjoying the fruits of her work. Please know that you all have our prayers for comfort while you deal with her loss. God bless you.