Marilynn Rose Atkinson – Manchester

Marilynn Rose Atkinson, 91 of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Friday, December 29, 2017, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester. She was born on June 1, 1926, at home on the farm near Ryan, the daughter of Bennie and Gladys (Fullerton) Worm. Marilynn was raised in the area and graduated from Manchester High School in 1943. After graduation she worked at Farmers and Merchants Bank in Manchester.

On April 30, 1944, Marilynn was united in marriage to Donald “Dutch” Atkinson at the Golden Church near Ryan. This union was blessed with three children. Together they farmed near Ryan. Marilynn was a homemaker. In 1969, after she raised her family, she worked as a librarian for the West Delaware Community Schools until her retirement in 1990. The couple was blessed with 73 years of marriage.

Marilynn was a lifelong member of the Golden Congregational Church near Ryan. She loved reading, playing 500, and traveling to every state. Marilynn loved wintering in Florida with Dutch. She enjoyed her plants and watching the birds. Marilynn loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them and her friends.

Survivors left to cherish her memory are her three children, Gary (Elaine) Atkinson of Ryan, Sharon (Gary) Childers of Durango, and Don (Marilyn) Atkinson of Manchester; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one brother, Richard (Jane) Worm of Bellevue; one sister, Benita Husmann of Roseville, California; a sister-in-law, Velma Atkinson of Edgewood; and many nieces and nephews.

Marilynn was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dutch Atkinson on June 7, 2017; and a brother Jim (Lorene) Worm.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Golden Congregational Church and / or the Good Neighbor Home.

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Memorial Service: 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester, with Pastor Ed Moreano officiating.

Visitation: 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester.

Inurnment: At a later date at Oakland Cemetery, Manchester, Iowa