Rachel Elizabeth Atkins, 80, of Maybrook Community, Pembroke, departed this life Monday evening, April 23, 2012 at her home in the loving care of her family and Good Samaritan Hospice. Born in Maybrook on June 26, 1931, she was a daughter of the late John Cloyd, Sr. and Lema Sue Stiff Williams. Rachael was a beloved daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and neighbor as well as a busy business woman. She and her late husband Byron S. “Buster” Atkins operated several business through the years in the Maybrook Community, the last being Atkins Equipment Co. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her sisters Margaret and Mary Sue Williams and her brother and sister-in-law John Claude, Jr. and Edna Williams.
She leaves to cherish her memory her children George H. and his wife Carol Atkins of Maybrook and Judy and her husband Barry Franklin of Maybrook; a special niece Jean Williams; her grandchildren Sarah A and David Slack, Jeffrey and Nicole Atkins, Aaron and Lauren Martin, Stephen Franklin, Julia Franklin, Sam and Jessica Spradlin; her great-grandchildren Rachel Elizabeth Slack and Reese E. Franklin; her brothers and sisters-in-law Gerald and Sadie Williams, Robert and Lucille Williams, Richard and Bonnie Williams all of Maybrook.
Memorial services will be conducted Wednesday evening at 8:00 pm in the Kendall Funeral Home, 605 Snidow St., Pembroke. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm before the services. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that contributions be made in Rachel’s memory to the Newport Rescue Squad, Newport Fire Dept. or Good Samaritan Hospice or to keep up Rachel’s good work by preparing a meal for a shut-in.Online condolences may be sent by visiting kendallfuneralhome.com.