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Gladys Atkinson

Gladys Atkinson

Tuesday, July 2nd, 1929 Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

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Obituary

Obituary for Gladys Elizabeth Atkinson (Warren)

Gladys W. Atkinson , 90, of Somers, passed away on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at JGS Lifecare in Longmeadow, Mass. Gladys was born July 02, 1929 in Ludlow, Mass, to the late Harold and Gladys (Hines) Warren. She was the devoted wife for 50 years to the late Donald L. Atkinson. Raised in Ludlow, Gladys attended the local schools and graduated from Ludlow High School. After attending secretarial school, Gladys began her working career as a secretary for her future mother-in-law at the Hampden County Extension Service in West Springfield where she met her husband and worked until she became a homemaker and raised four children. Her love of dressmaking and tailoring led her to a career of teaching adult education classes in Springfield for a number of years and also in her home. She did alterations and sewing for many people and was well known for her talent in creating riding shirts for the local equestrians as well as her wonderful alterations and tailoring skills. Gladys went back to office work and was employed by Johnson Memorial Hospital retiring in 2000. After retirement, she and and Don would spend winters camping in Tucson, AZ coming home to Somers when the snow melted! Don and Gladys did love to travel as a couple and with the family. Over the years, they explored many places in the United States ; camping in St. John, USVI or attending elder hostels in Hawaii or other Caribbean islands. Numerous summers were spent camping with the family in Ohio while Don shot at the National Rifle matches or in later years up in Canada at the Canadian matches. The best summers were staying home and having the family and friends in their back yard for picnic cook-outs and swims in the pool. Gladys was a devoted member of the Congregational Church of Somersville, CT. Over the years, she was actively involved with church family activities and various committees. Along with her parents and husband, Gladys was predeceased by her siblings, Frank Warren and Frances Glen. She is survived by her children, Donna Gelineau (Thomas) of Enfield, James (Cindy) of Groton, Ronald (Carol) of Tolland and Neil (Deb) of Somers; 8 devoted grandchildren, Angela & Scott Gelineau, Kim Such, Christopher , Cory, Taylor, and Anthony Atkinson and Elizabeth Shannon and 3 great-grandchildren Jonathan Gelineau, and Logan and Ryan Such. She also leaves her brother-in-law, Ed Henry of California and many nieces and nephew who will miss their Auntie Glad. The family would like to send out a special thank you to Natalie, Joanne, Karen and Bea and all the staff of the C2 unit at JGS Lifecare in Longmeadow for their wonderful care and unending patience Gladys received. You all were really a blessing to her. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to: The Shriners Hospital for Children or the Somersville Congregational Church. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

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Victoria Lynne

Sorry for your loss. She was a great lady and loved you all very much.
Comment | Posted at 04:22pm via Condolence
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Susan Quill

My sympathies to your family. Your mom was my second mom growing up. She was caring and compassionate and I took sewing lessons from her at 10 years old. Still love to sew thanks you your mom. Rest In Peace. Susan Quill
Comment | Posted at 07:19pm via Condolence
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Donna Gelineau

Thanks Susan
Posted at 06:54pm
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Neil Atkinson

Thanks Susan
Posted at 11:10am
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Jean Merchant

I remember when our Mom, Aunt Gladys' sister, was going through a rough time, a nervous breakdown. We couldn't get Mom to take her meds, she was too afraid to become addicted. So my sister called Aunt Gladys who dropped everything and drove out of state to help. She not only got Mom to take her meds, she made contact with our Minister who got Mom admitted to Springfield hospital! It turned out to be a life-saver! Aunt Gladys was a real go-getter who was always willing to help, and happily so.
I also remember her making me eat soap for swearing once!! You bet I didn't make that mistake again in her presence! She will definitely be missed.
Love, Jeannie & Darryl
Comment | Posted at 05:31pm via Condolence
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