Viola Atkinson

Obituary of Viola Atkinson

Viola Margaret Atkinson

April 30, 1913 – September 18, 2017


Viola Margaret Miller was born on April 30, 1913 in Monroe.   She was one of five children born to the late Martin Miller and the late Margarete (Krug) Miller.  

Viola married her love, Roy Atkinson, on May 6, 1935 at Zion Lutheran Church.   From this union came the birth of three beautiful daughters:  Shirley, Dolores, and Joyce.   She was a devoted mother and wife caring for the needs of her family.   For seventy years Viola delivered newspapers.   She tediously cared for her yard and garden.   She often visited the Farmers Market with the fruits of her labor and for many years had raised chickens and sold eggs.  

Viola loved to bake and in addition to being a great host she was a hospitable guest always bringing a dish to share.   Traveling with Roy making him meals and cleaning and cooking the fish he caught were all favorite pastimes.   When she had a moment to spare she could be found watching her beloved Detroit Tigers or golf with Tiger Woods being her favorite player.

Viola Margaret Atkinson, age 104, of Monroe, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 18, 2017 at Wellspring Lutheran Services.   She had been under the care of ProMedica Monroe Hospice.   In addition to her parents; her passing was preceded by her husband on June 27, 1993; infant brother:  George Miller; brother:  Ernest Miller; and two sisters:  Helen Kakoczki and Leona Selvidge; a son in law: Jack L. Revels; a grandson:  Lee Madison V and a great- great-grandchild.

To cherish her memory, Viola leaves three daughters:  Shirley M. Revels, Dolores M. Miller, and Joyce (Denny) Souva all of Monroe; ten grandchildren:  Deb (Bob) Fahndrich, Donna (Russ) Bates, Darlene (Mark) Brittain, David Lee (Jennifer) Revels, Tony (Arlene) St. Bernard, Kelly (Betty) St. Bernard, Tammie (Scott) Glasgow, Kurt (Teri) Souva, Lonnie (Fred) Horne, and Eric (Kim) Souva; a granddaughter-in-law:  Jeaneettee Madison; twenty-eight great grandchildren; and thirteen great-great grandchildren.

Friends may gather from 2:00pm until 8:00pm on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at Merkle Funeral Service, 2442 North Monroe Street (734) 384-5185. Viola will lie in state from 10:00am until the funeral service at 11:00am on Friday, September 22, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church, 186 Cole Road with Pastor Ross Ulrich and Pastor Daniel Slaughter co-officiating.   Procession will follow to Roselawn Memorial Park for burial.

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