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Barbara Earp Atkinson and Albert E. Atkinson, Jr.

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A combined graveside service is planned for Barbara Earp Atkinson and Albert E. Atkinson, Jr. at 10 a.m. on August 19, 2017, at Memory Lawn Memorial Park in Roswell, New Mexico. Reverend Laird Cross of First United Methodist Church in Roswell will be officiating.
Barbara was born February 3, 1928 in Deming, New Mexico to M. L. Earp and Gladys Evans. Barbara went to be with the Lord on January 9, 2017, in Scottsdale, AZ. Al was born February 22, 1925 in Newton, Alabama to Albert E. Atkinson Sr. and Elizabeth Stewart. Al went to be with the Lord a few months after Barbara, on August 1. Al served in the infantry division of the U.S. Army during World War II. Barbara and Al were married on August 18, 1951 in Fort Worth, Texas, and enjoyed 65 years of marriage. They moved to Roswell in 1952. Al worked in the marketing department for Southwestern Public Service Company for over 35 years. Barbara worked in the banking and finance industry. She was fond of her work with young people in 4-H. She was a lifetime member of Beta Sigma Phi International. Barbara and Al were members of First United Methodist Church and Aldersgate United Methodist Church before moving to Arizona in 1999. Al volunteered at Del Norte Elementary School in Roswell and at Finley Farms in Gilbert, Arizona. They were active members of First United Methodist Church of Mesa.
Barbara and Al were preceded in death by their parents, Al’s sister, Lorena O’Bannon and brother, Niel S. Atkinson.
They are survived by daughter Melanie Brewer of Scottsdale, granddaughter Kim Shumsky of Indianapolis, niece Jane O’Bannon of Alabama, and nephews, Rev. Michael O’Bannon of Tennessee and N. Stewart Atkinson of Florida.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to First United Methodist Church of Mesa, 15 E. First Avenue, Mesa, Arizona 85210.
Arrangements by Dignity Green Acres in Scottsdale, AZ and local arrangements by LaGrone Funeral Chapel in Roswell, NM.
Online condolences may be made at lagronefuneralchapels.com.

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