Shirley M. Atkins

January 27, 1936 ‒ February 13, 2019

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Shirley M. Atkins, age 83, of Mount Vernon passed away on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at her home with her family at her side.

She was born on January 27, 1936 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to the late Homer and Marie (Stiver) Deahl.  Shirley was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Hill Church.

Shirley is survived by her husband, of nearly 49 years, Donald Atkins; her daughters Christine (Tom) Ross, Jacqui (Paul) Akert; her son Dean (Sue) Ruddock; four grandchildren, Landra (Will) Houston, Nicole (Luke) Wickline, Jennifer (Josh) Johnson, Christopher Ruddock; five great grandchildren; her brother Jack Deahl; and her sisters, Sally (Dick) Kriser, Nancy Wallace, Pat (Ken) Lewis and Peg (Dan) Mandraken.

The family will observe a private graveside service at Crown Hill Cemetery in Twinsburg, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Knox County.

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  • My sincerest condolences to the family. I have extremely fond memories of Grandma growing up. Such a sweet woman.

  • So sorry to hear about your mom Chris. Always hard. Sending love, comfort and wishes of peacefulness to you and your family.

  • My condolences to the family. Please be comforted by the Bible’s promise of the resurrection. Acts 24:15, John 5:28,29.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time of sadness, take comfort in the knowledge that Shirley in now with the Lord.

    The memories of my times with Shirley are treasuries I will carry always.