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Lois Atkinson, 96 - December 17, 2013

Lois Mildred Atkinson, 96, of Gothenburg passed away Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, at Gothenburg.
Memorial services will be conducted on Friday, Jan. 24, at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1401 Lake Ave., Gothenburg, with the Rev. Jeff Thurman Officiating.
Inurnment will be at Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell.
A register book signing will take place on Thursday, Jan. 23, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. with family members present from 5 to 7 p.m. at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel of Gothenburg.
Atkinson was born June 18, 1917, south of Gothenburg, daughter of Frank A. and Stella Eliza (Loutzenheiser) Brush.
She attended country school at District 32 until fourth grade and then the family moved to town. She graduated from Goth­enburg High School with the Class of 1935. She played the cello in both high school and city orchestra.
In 1938 she married John Gonzales at Curtis. To this union, six children were born. Her husband served his country as an officer with the United States Air Force, and the family moved to assignments in Washington State, Alabama, South Carolina and Nara, Japan. Captain Gonzales died in 1953.
She married Sam Atkinson in November of 1955. To this union, another daughter was born. The family continued to reside in Gothenburg.
Atkinson was a dedicated wife and mother, family members said. She was employed at the Beath Cafe, the local Safeway and was a long-time school bus driver for Gothenburg Public Schools.
She was a member of the Legion Auxiliary, VFW, First United Methodist Church, several extension clubs and pinochle clubs.
Atkinson enjoyed her family and kept in touch with them through letters and travel. She also enjoyed cooking, baking, reading and music, according to family members. Her hands kept busy with china painting, crocheting, embroidery, crewel, sewing and quilting as well.
She was preceded in death by: her first husband, John in 1953; her second husband, Samuel D. Atkinson in 1998; her parents, Frank and Stella Brush; brothers—Thomas, Merrill, Bill, Oliver (Short), and Raymond; a sister, Caryle.
Survivors include: her four sons—Jim (Janice) of Gothenburg, Gary (Julie) of Omaha, Paul of Albany, OR, and Mike (Terrie) Gonzales of Grand Island; her three daughters—Janice (Tom) Angstman of Spokane, WA, Jane (Jim) Felton of Marina, CA, and Sue (Tom) Kobold of Corvallis, OR; 18 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren; a sister, Dolores Geiken of Grand Island; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church, 1401 Lake Ave., Gothenburg, NE 69138.

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