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April 23, 1974 - March 7, 2021
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Elizabeth J. Atkinson, passed away on Sunday, March 7 at Shawnee Manor Nursing Home from Parkinson’s Disease, a disease that claimed her father in 2004.
She was born on April 23, 1974 to James and Jo Ellen (Golden) Cook. She was a 1992 graduate of Lima Senior High School, where she was active in every area of the music department, from playing flute in the marching band to singing in choral groups as well as piano accompaniment.
Elizabeth attended Malone College for over three years, but opted for marriage to the love of her life Toby (Bryce) Atkinson, a decision she never regretted. He provided constant support throughout her ordeal.
They had two daughters – Megan in 1998 and Ella in 2001. Her musical interest continued as both girls were in marching band at Shawnee School. She was active in Band Boosters as well as in PTA.
Her Church was always an integral part of Elizabeth’s life, from Bible clubs in elementary school to youth group involvement in high school. After marriage, she was a pre-school teacher at Westside United Methodist Church and was then secretary until her illness prevented her continuing. She spent many years working in tandem with her mom, coordinating and cooking Bible School meals and Saturday morning breakfasts. That was a special time for both of them. Often the whole family was involved.
Surviving in addition to her husband, daughters and mother are; sister, Gail Cook Blas (Francisco); brother, Christopher Cook (Tara); sisters-in-law Amy Atkinson and Stephanie Runyon; brother-in-law Joel Atkinson; in-laws Bryce Atkinson (Laura) and Jerri Merricle (Bill); step-grandmother Esther Golden; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents Joe E. and Helen M. Golden and Donald I. and Violet R. Cook; her brother-in-law Jesse Renner.
A memorial services will be held at 12:00 PM on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at Chiles Shawnee Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to Westside UMC or to the Lima Firefighters Memorial Museum.