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Charlotte Anne (King) Atkinson  

Charlotte Anne (King) Atkinson

Mrs. Charlotte Anne (King) Atkinson, age 92, of Middletown, DE, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 8, 2016.

Mrs. Atkinson was born in Ambler, PA on November 27, 1923, daughter of the late Carlton Washington King and Margaret (Walker) King. She was a graduate of John Bassett High School in Smyrna. Mrs. Atkinson shared 60 years of marriage with her husband, Alfred Francis Atkinson, and together the couple raised three children at their beloved home, Green Springs Farm. In addition to caring for her family, she worked for many years as a sales clerk at W.D. Hatton Jewelers.

Mrs. Atkinson was a faithful member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday School for 30 years, sang in the Chancel Choir for over 50 years and also served as president of the United Methodist Women for 8 years. Active in her community, she gave of her time by serving as a Girl Scout leader for 6 years. Mrs. Atkinson also volunteered as a hostess for the ever popular Christmas in Odessa tours each season. She was a longtime member of the MOT Senior Center.

In her leisure time, Mrs. Atkinson enjoyed gardening, canning and baking and was well known for her famous chocolate chip cookies. She also liked completing crossword puzzles, reading and singing. She adored spending time with her loved ones and especially looked forward to vacationing with her entire family in Fenwick Island each year. Mrs. Atkinson will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, as a woman of grace, and for her everlasting legacy of love and kindness.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred; brothers, Morris W. King and Carlton W. King, Jr.; and grandson, Kendall W. Reed. Mrs. Atkinson is survived by her children, Alice A. Smith and husband, Harvey of Odessa, George B. Atkinson and wife, Julie of Middletown and Charlotte A. Miller and husband, Ronnie of Earleville, MD; grandchildren, Bryan D. Reed and wife, Jennifer of Middletown, Major Harvey C. “Trey” Smith III (USA) and wife, Elizabeth of Andrews AFB, MD and Matthew C. Smith and wife, Sandi of Middletown; and great grandchildren, Jared D. and Brianna L. Reed and Katelyn A., Craig M. and Allison E. Smith.

Friends may call from 6 pm until 8 pm on Tuesday evening, March 15, 2016 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 406 Main Street, Odessa, DE. A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Wednesday morning, March 16, 2016, at the church. Interment will follow in Old Drawyers Cemetery, Odessa., Delaware.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Atkinson’s memory may be made to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 253, Odessa, DE 19730-0253.

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  1. Michael Ambruso, Jr., March 8, 2016

    My thoughts and prayers. Times spent with the King family were always a pleasure.

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    • Alice Smith, March 30, 2016

      Michael: Thank you for your kind email. Mom was very proud of her family. Alice Smith (Pat Lawson’s cousin)

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  2. Dawn & Scott Baker, March 8, 2016

    Our prayers are with your family. She was such a kind, sweet woman of God and I know she will be missed. But take joy in knowing that she is completely healed and rejoicing with Jesus. I’m so glad I got to see her on Sunday…

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    • Alice Smith, March 30, 2016

      Dawn and Scott: Thank you for your kind word regarding Mom. “Sweet” and “kind” have been mentioned in many of the cards and emails we received. Alice, Charlotte, and George Atkinson

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  3. BJ & Bill Barnhill, March 8, 2016

    May you find comfort in the treasured times you shared together Sending prayers and hugs to all. Aunt Charlotte (with Uncle Al) will shine “on the farm” every day reminding you of the wonderful memories that were enjoyed with friends and family.

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    • George & Julie Atkinson, April 1, 2016

      BJ & Bill, We “see” Mom & Dad on the farm every day. The daffodils that they planted, the buildings that they tended, the furniture in the farm house, and when we watch all the critters. They left a wonderful legacy and we enjoy our memories. Thank you so much for being part of our celebration of Mom’s life. George, Julie, Alice & Charlotte Anne

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  4. Cheryl & Jeff, March 8, 2016

    Aunt Charlotte will live on in our hearts and memories! Happy she is at peace with Uncle Alfred and Kendell. Love and hugs to all from your FL family!

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    • George & Julie Atkinson, April 1, 2016

      Jeff & Cheryl, Thank you so much for being part of our celebration for Mom. It means a lot to have had you join us. George, Julie, Alice & Charlotte Anne

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  5. LEON & KAREN HENDERSON, March 9, 2016

    MRS ATKINSON WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED AS A VERY KIND AND LOVELY LADY.

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    • Alice Smith, March 30, 2016

      Leon and Karen: Thank you for remembering Mom. She always thought a lot of the whole Henderson family, especially your mother. Alice Atkinson Smith

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  6. Karen Wood, March 9, 2016

    Sweet woman who will always be missed. Charlotte gave so much time to her community and church. Christmas in Odessa will always miss her as well. Sleep in peace Charlotte, and be happy with Al. To George and Julie, Harvey and Alice, I am so sorry. She lived a good life and served well to many.

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    • Alice Smith, March 30, 2016

      Karen: Thank you for your lovely comments about Mom. So many folks have called her “sweet and loving” in their comments to us. We dearly miss her but know she is in a better place. Alice, Charlotte, and George

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  7. Donald L. Biddle, March 9, 2016

    Mr. Smith and Family,
    I am so sorry to learn of the passing of your Mother-in-Law. Mrs. Atkinson was such a nice lady. I remember her working in some of the department stores in Middletown. She couldn’t be anymore helpful and accommodating to the customers who were trying to locate certain items within the store. Mrs. Atkinson will be missed by many. I will have you and your Family in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. God Bless!

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    • Alice Smith, March 30, 2016

      Don: Thank you so much for your remembrances of our mother. She did indeed work at both Berkman’s and Hatton’s and loved dealing with the folks around Middletown. We will definitely miss her. Alice, Charlotte, and George

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  8. Mickey Barton, March 9, 2016

    So sorry for your loss! I always loved your Mom’s warm smile and kind words always. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

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    • Alice Smith, March 30, 2016

      Mickey: Thank you for your comments regarding Mom. The words “warm” and “kind” have been used by so many folks that we have heard from. And that is the way we will always remember our mother. Alice, Charlotte, and George

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  9. Lauren Thomas Lynn, March 9, 2016

    George and Julie-

    I cannot begin to tell you how sorry I am. Even when we know in our minds that it’s the right time, our hearts don’t necessarily agree! You may have some solace in that your parents are together now, but somehow that doesn’t always make us feel better. Trust and know that all kinds of people all over are thinking of you and love you and wish you peace as you go through this. You might feel alone, but you’re not alone.

    God Bless you all,
    Lauren Thomas

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    • George & Julie Atkinson, April 1, 2016

      Lauren, Thanks for your kind words. They are a great comfort. George, Julie, Alice & Charlotte Anne

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  10. Sally Aiken, March 10, 2016

    Charlotte , sorry to hear about the death of your mother. She was certainly one of a kind. So very generous and always had good things to say about people. May she rest in peace Sally

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  11. Barbara Gruwell, March 11, 2016

    So very sorry to read of Mrs. Atkinson’s passing. Praying for comfort, strength and peace of mind.
    God sure has another angel with Him and she was an angel here on earth.
    What a beautiful Godly woman. Praying for comfort, strength, and the gift
    of beautiful memories that God leaves in exchange.
    Barbara Gruwell

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    • Alice Smith, March 30, 2016

      Barbara: Thank you for your lovely comments about Mom. Yes, we like to think of her as another angel in Heaven. She set such a good example for us as we grew up. She is sorely missed. Alice, Charlotte, and George

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  12. Wayne, Pam and Chase Rapine, March 14, 2016

    We are very sorry to hear of your loss, our thoughts and prayers to the entire family.
    Wayne, Pam and Chase Rapine

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    • Alice Smith, March 30, 2016

      Wayne, Pam, and Chase, Thank you acknowledging the passing of our mother, Charlotte, She lived a long life and we will miss her dearly. Alice, Charlotte, and George

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  13. Delaware Anglers and Gunners Club, March 14, 2016

    The Delaware Anglers and Gunners Club would like to express our sympathy on the loss of your
    mother/grandmother. We share the same love for the area that she so deeply had.
    Delaware Anglers and Gunners Club
    Shallcross Lake

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    • Alice Smith, March 30, 2016

      Delaware Anglers and Gunners Club: Your acknowledgement of Mom’s passing was a wonderful surprise, as well as the contribution to St. Paul’s Church. You are indeed correct that our parents both loved living on Shallcross Lake, which they did for their whole married lives. Thank you again for your kind consideration. Alice Smith, Charlotte Miller and George Atkinson

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  14. Nancy & Rod Kushela, March 14, 2016

    Charlotte and Brian/Jennifer and family,
    We saw Mrs. Atkinson’s Obituary in the paper, please accept our deepest sympathy at her passing. She was a delightful lady and I have so many wonderful memories of her especially working at the church. So sorry we will not be able to attend her funeral but we will be thinking of you and her on that day.
    We saw in the paper that you vacation at Fenwick, we now live in Fenwick and would love to see you. Drop us an e-mail and I’ll give you directions.

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  15. Mark Delmerico, March 14, 2016

    George and family……
    We were at U Delaware together during the late 1960’s and etc….
    My deepest condolences on your loss

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  16. Tony & Cyndi (Williams) Timko, March 15, 2016

    Dear Atkinson Family and your families,
    Words cannot express the love and admiration that she was showered by from all of us who knew her well. She always had a smile and never spoke anything but wisdom and kindness. There is so much more that we could say, but you know how we loved her and love all of you. God Bless you all.

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    • Alice Smith, March 30, 2016

      Cyndi and Tony: Thank you for your wonderful tribute to Mom. The words, “smile” and “kindness” were mentioned by many who send cards or offered their condolences. But you mentioned “wisdom,” and that is also so true. Much of Mom’s wisdom was based on her faith which was very strong. We miss her. Alice, Charlotte, and George

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  17. Elaine, March 15, 2016

    Prayers to the family of Mrs Atkinson,accept our deepest sympathy at her passing. What a wonderful women she was. Praying for strength and comfort at this difficult time. The Kite family.

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    • Alice Smith, March 30, 2016

      Elaine: Thank you for your condolences. I am happy you got to know Mom and Dad. They were special people whom we miss very much. Alice

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  18. Alex Barnhill, March 16, 2016

    Deeply saddened to hear of Aunt Charlotte’s passing. You have been in my thoughts. Love all of my Atkinson family.

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    • Alice Smith, March 30, 2016

      Alex: Thank you for your comments regarding Mom and the family. We were so glad to get to see your Mom and Dad and Bill, despite the sad occasion. Mom will truly be missed. Alice, Charlotte, and George

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  19. Janice Bartosh Thompson, March 20, 2016

    Dear Atkinson Family,
    You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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    • Alice Smith, March 30, 2016

      Thank you for your condolences. We miss Mom very much. Alice, Charlotte, and George

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  20. Carole Tribbitt Suchanek, March 27, 2016

    Dear Alice and all the Atkinson family, I remember your mom so well from St. Paul’s Methodist Church (the old one & the newer one) in Odessa, she was always there doing everything she could to make the church better. Helping with the church suppers, Sunday school, & I think when there were weddings she was back in the kitchen again. She was always so kind to all the kids in the church & I think she also worked with the Girl Scouts? My mom passed away about 5 weeks before your mom, bet they have already had a nice chat in Heaven about St. Paul’s! Will keep your family in my prayers.

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  21. Alice Atkinson Smith, March 30, 2016

    Carole: What a lovely surprise to get your note, especially your remembrances of Mom. They are all so true and she was also a Girl Scout leader. Mom attended St. Paul’s for over 60 years until the last year when she did not get around much. I don’t know if you knew that my father, Alfred, graduated with your mother, Jean, as well as Ginny Foley and Catherine Cavender (who are still living). I know they enjoyed getting together for class reunions. We hate to lose our parents, but as age catches up with them, their quality of life is not the same. But the memories are always there to sustain us. Alice

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