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Mary A. Atkinson

Mary Annie Atkinson, age 88, of Reynoldsburg, OH passed away on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at her home surrounded by family following a two-week illness. The daughter of Frank & Linnie S. (Pelfrey) Lemaster, she was born on December 2, 1932 in Londonderry, OH. On May 23, 1983 she married Ronald C. Atkinson in Las Vegas, NV and together they shared thirty-six years.

Surviving are her sons, Thomas (Rosie) Lemaster, of OH, Randy (JoAnne) Proehl, of OH, and Dana C. Proehl, of AZ; daughter, Tammy Schoening, of Oregon; son-in-law, Dave Botic, of AZ; as well as many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Mary was preceded in passing by her husband, Ronald Atkinson; and daughter, Terry Botic.

She graduated from the Ohio State School of Cosmetology in June 1964. Mary was a retired hair stylist, as well as a solon and retail business owner. She believed in Jesus and was assured of his saving grace. Mary loved to travel with her husband and lived in many cities and states over the years. She lived her life fully with an adventurous and giving heart.

She always said “I lived my life my way.” Mary enjoyed traveling and spending time with her friends and family. She loved to play cards, explore the history of the Amish, cooking and reading a good book. A special thank you to all of her family and friends for the love and support over the years.

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  • Randy Proehl says:

    I flew to Oregon December 11 2020 to bring mom back to Ohio to live. We loaded up a trailer with her personal belongings and drove through the most beautiful mountains and scenery. It took 3 solid days of driving. Mom was a real trooper as the trip exhausted me. I fell victim to Covid from the trip as well as mom and JoAnne. We all recovered from the illness but mom later had a stroke. I wanted more time with her than 6 weeks and is hard to let go. I realized I received many of my strengths from her and realized what fantastic woman she was. Rest In Peace mom. I love you more than you realized and you will be missed.

  • Melody Whitten says:

    Condolences to you and the family my dearest Randy please no she is in heaven and feeling wonderful.

  • JoAnne Proehl says:

    Mary was a very special lady and welcomed me into the family the day Randy and I got married. We spent more time with her and Ron when our kids were little because she lived closer to us in Londonderry. We didn’t get to see her so much when she moved to Arizona. It was wonderful to have her here in our home when she came back from Oregon, but the time was too short. She had asked me to teach her how to do cross stitch, which I was excited to do, but with Covid and everyone being sick, I never got the opportunity. She’s in a better place now with God, and with Ron and Terry. I wish we’d had more time with you. Rest In Peace, Mary.

  • Dave Purington says:

    I met Mary in August and had the privilege of meeting her through Her daughter Tammy. I also had the privilege of leading Mary to the Lord Jesus Christ and baptizing her.. I’m happy that I met Mary and someday in the future I will see her again.

  • Francine says:

    Sending prayers and hugs to everyone that knew Aunt Mary.
    She was a beautiful woman with a kind soul. I have a lot of great memories that I am thankful for.

  • June says:

    Aunt Mary was a beautiful person, prayers to her children and grandchildren.

  • Bev & Chris Page says:

    Mary will be missed, we loved her fun loving spirit, playing cards and her home cooked meals. Heartfelt condolences to her family and friends.

  • Tammy Schoening says:

    Moma I am so blessed for all the years we were able to make memories, laughter, tears, singing, being silly, cooking, movies, travel,
    Chatting for hours upon hours and so much more.
    I know your faith was so strong and you are home with our Lord Jesus Christ and all your loved ones that went before you .
    You sang ( I Can Only Imagine )
    I can just see you with this beautiful smile in heaven and being at
    Peace 💕
    Moma I Love you beyond words and will miss you
    I know you will be there to meet me again when our Lord brings me
    home 🙏❤️
    You are guardian angel watch over me
    Love your baby girl 🙏🙏

  • Robin Tarlton McCloud says:

    Tom, Rosie, and other family, I just wanted to offer my condolences. I was so sorry to hear this. Tom, you had a beautiful mother. I’m sure she is resting in peace and now awaiting a resurrection. Ashley, you look so much like her and I’m sure that you all have some very precious memories. She was a lovely lady!

  • Shawna Kay says:

    My Grandma will forever hold a dear place in my heart. My earliest memories are of going on great adventures with her and Papa in the motor home, sharing our dreams with one another, and Grandma telling me about my Heavenly Father.

    Grandma Atkinson lived the life less lived. She was never tied to worldly things, but instead sought adventures, and cherished memories made by moments spent with family and friends. She blessed me tremendously as she cared for my children Brenden and Bailey when they were little and we were working. That meant the world to me.

    I will forever cherish our special moments together, and I thank her dearly for sharing her love of the Lord with me.

    My last conversation with my Grandma, just days before the stroke, I told her I was praying for her to get well. She told me, “Shawna, I want you to know that it’s okay if I don’t get well… I have lived a long life, and there are many people that I am looking forward to seeing in Heaven.” My Grandma lived a beautiful life, fulfilled by her Faith, and she leaves behind a legacy of love for those who knew her.

    Grandma, I love you dearly; you are in my heart always.

  • Andrew LeMaster says:

    It’s nice to hear from everyone, but unfortunately not under these circumstances. We will all miss Grandma Mary. She was a wonderful grandma. Very fun to be around growing up. She taught me how to play a variety of card games (poker, blackjack, etc…). I still remember the summer we spent in Florida with her and Ron. As well as all of the milkshakes she would make me, my brother Aaron and Ron’s son Joseph. When we came back home to Ohio we had good tans and probably gained 10lbs.

    Later on, as a very young adult, she was there helping me through some of the darkest times of my life, as a grandma should. She took me and my Uncle Chris on a long car/road trip to Arizona to see the painted desert, the Grand Canyon and to visit family (Aunt Terry and Aunt Tammy) in Phoenix.

    I look forward to seeing her on earth again in the New World (2 Peter 3: 13) when she is resurrected (John 5: 28, 29) without our enemy Death to deal with (Revelation 21: 4). Until then, she will live on in my memories.

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