|Birth: ||Jul. 11, 1917|
|Death: ||Apr. 12, 2002|
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Mable Henderson Atkinson, beloved wife, mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, passed away in the capable hands of the University of Utah Hospital, April 12, 2002, due to a massive stroke she suffered the day before.
Mable was born July 11, 1917, to Everett Henderson and Stella Mae Tricks Henderson in rural Havana, Kansas, where she grew up and married Henry R. Atkinson, also of Havana, on July 11, 1939.
Mable is survived by her husband of 63 years, two grandsons, Richard MacKay of Kearns, Utah; Robert MacKay of Saratoga Springs, Utah; his wife Cindy and three great-grandsons, Robert, Jeremy and Alex; Also one half-brother, Everett Henderson Jr. of Chautauqua, KS and two half-sisters, Ila Jean Rayle of Niotaze, KS and Carol Brown of Copan, OK.
Mable was preceded in death by her daughter, Dixie Atkinson MacKay and her sister, Bonnie Smith, two half-sisters, Jaunita and Joan and two half-brothers, Leon and Bobby.
Mable dedicated her entire working life to education. Her first certificate was issued to any high school graduate who could pass the necessary tests and could be used to teach any Eight grade single room county school. She taught several years with this type of certificate meanwhile obtaining her degree in education from Southwestern University in Winfield, KS.
She was principal of the Niotaze KS, grade school for several years and was elected county superintendent of public instruction of Chuatuaqua County KS. This was one of the highlights of her profession as she enjoyed it very much. Mable accompanied her husband to Utah in 1958 where she continued her profession as teacher in elementary schools in Granite School District. She advanced to counselor of Kearns Junior High, then onto Cyprus High in Magna, Utah. From here she was advanced to administration where she became the only woman principal among 56 men principals in Granite School District. She was Principal of Western Hills Elementary School for six years, Pioneer Elementary School for six years and Academy Park for six years. She then retired ending her career of 48 consecutive years in education.
Mable was a member of many clubs and organizations: ITC, formerly known as Toast Mistress Club, she was charter president of the West Valley Club. Member of Alpha Delta Kappa and Delta Kappa Gamma, which are composed of a select group of outstanding teachers, she was very proud of these memberships. She was a member of the Ladies of the Oriental Shrine, Daughters of the Nile, Past Matrons Club and Friendship Club. In 1961 she was initiated into Mizpah Chapter #5 Order of the Easter Star of Utah and later became Worthy Matron with her husband as Worthy Patron, this was another milestone in her life.
A Funeral Service will be held Saturday, April 20th at 12:00 Noon in the Granger Community Christian Church, 2600 West 3800 South, West Valley City, Utah, where friends may call on Friday from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Redwood Memorial Estates, 6500 S. Redwood Road, Taylorsville, Utah.
Salt Lake Tribune, The (UT)
Date: April 18, 2002
Henry Roland Atkinson (1917 - 2006)
Redwood Memorial Cemetery
Salt Lake County
Created by: Bruce
Record added: Jun 25, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 92579582
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