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Obituary of Betty L. Atkinson

Betty Louise Atkinson (Winters) of Rosiclare, IL passed away on Sunday, October 16, 2022 in Evansville, IN with family at her bedside. She was born in Elizabethtown, IL to Frankie and Myrtle (Gilland) Winters on January 18, 1945.
She grew up on the family farm and learned many things that shaped her into the hard worker she always was. Betty was a wonderful mother and grandmother to many people during her life, even to those that were not blood. If someone needed a place to stay or a plate to eat, they could always go to Betty’s house.
Betty held many occupations throughout her lifetime. She has worked as a factory worker, CNA, EMT, school bus driver, and most memorably was the business that she and her late husband, Gene, started together called Atkinson Salvage. She later retired in 2012 from Rides Mass Transit. After retirement she continued to work in the office of Atkinson Salvage that is now ran by her son, Greg.
Betty married Harold Eugene (Gene) Atkinson in September 1963. They enjoyed 31 years of marriage together before Gene’s passing in 1994. Gene was described as “my one and only true love” by Betty. After his passing she continued to write him letters almost daily. Their love story is truly one to be remembered. Together Betty and Gene had four children, all boys.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents; seven brothers, Adrian Arvel, Donald Ray, Robert Eugene, Ronnie Joe, Marvin D, Melvin Mitchelle, and Calvin Winters; two sisters, Arvetta Irene and Gladys Mildred; her beloved husband, Gene; and one son Russell Eugene.
She is survived by her three sons, Marvin Wade Atkinson, Gregory Wayne (Pamela) Atkinson, Harold Wesley Atkinson and his long time girlfriend Haley Winters; one sister, Phyllis (Gary) Cowsert; one brother, William Harvey (Judy) Winters; three grandchildren, Dakota (Devan) Woolverton, Emillee Atkinson, and Dustin Adams; five great-grandchildren, Keegan Wayne Woolverton, Kyleigh Elizabeth Woolverton, Kaelynn Nicole Woolverton, Kiera Jade Woolverton, and Ava Rose; many cousins, nieces and nephews, including one special niece, Sarah Winters, whom Betty had taken in to raise as one of her own.
Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 22, 2022 at Aly Funeral Home in Eddyville. Burial will follow at Adams Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until time of service on Saturday at the funeral home.

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  1. Jim Summers on October 18, 2022 at 3:01 pm

    We are sorry for your families loss,. Nean, Johnny, B, sending prayers for you all

    • Joey Davis on October 19, 2022 at 12:07 pm

      Greg and Wesley, I’m sorry to hear about your loss. Your friend Joey.

  2. Barbara & Dean Beavers on October 18, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    So sorry, she will be missed greatly. She was a very special lady.

  3. Susan (Pool) Clearwater on October 18, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    I am so sad that Betty has passed away. She was a devoted wife, Mother and Grandmother and I know you will all miss her so very much.

  4. Olettia Gleason on October 18, 2022 at 7:48 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother, Betty😢. Prayers 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻!!!

  5. Bozo and Rhonda Vaughn on October 18, 2022 at 11:03 pm

    We will miss Betty. Always enjoyed talking to her. Prayers for peace strength and comfort for all of her family..

  6. Debbie Williams on October 18, 2022 at 11:34 pm

    RIP Betty, She was always nice and so caring to me and my family.

  7. Joseph foe on October 19, 2022 at 5:06 am

    My deepest condolences to the entire family.

  8. Joey Davis on October 19, 2022 at 11:06 am

    Greg and Wesley, I’m sorry to hear about your loss. Your friend Joey.

  9. mary hawk on October 20, 2022 at 7:22 am

    rest in peace ….sending prayers to the families and friends

  10. Billy R. Gill on October 22, 2022 at 11:47 am

    Sorry for your loss of your family member and best friend your mother.Known you all for so long, Wade , Greg and Wesley.Im sorry I will knot be able to make your mother’s visitating and all proceedings.Betty such a good Lady in my book.From us all having BBQ sandwiches and chocolate milk at Roses Gro.When the guys would stop in and talk to us all for awhile.Or Betty and Gene stopping in to talk.Such a good part of my life.Never Wonted them to leave , but they had work to do.Betty a very hard worker , from being a good mother ,and grandma I’m sure.From working with her family .To driving school bus to rides bus.I glad I got a chance to be friends.Also to have worked with Betty some and staying friends and talking to her when I had a chance.Betty loved Roses very much.Today in heaven she’s the prettious Rose around, I’m sure of that.You all were very lucky to have Betty, God sent you all a good women from heaven above.You will be missed very much Betty.I’ m sure we will see you and others .In a better place someday.Love you all.Prayers God be with you all on this difficult day.From the heart.Bill.

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