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Adele Christensen Atchley
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Birth: Aug. 7, 1936
Beaver County
Utah, USA
Death: Aug. 3, 2002, Côte d’Ivoire

L.D.S. Missionary Who Was Murdered While Serving

"But behold, from among the righteous, he [Christ] organized his forces and appointed messengers, clothed with power and authority, and commissioned them to go forth and carry the light of the gospel to them that were in darkness, even to all the spirits of men; and thus was the gospel preached to the dead." (Doctrine and Covenants section 138 verse 30). A vision given to L.D.S. President and Prophet Joseph F. Smith on October 3, 1918.

Daughter of Marcus Joy Christensen (born 1 February 1899 in Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah) and Hazel Johnson (born 5 November 1899 in Preston, Oneida, Idaho). Wife of Ronald Atchley, mother of five children, grandmother of twelve.


ATCHLEY, Adele Christensen Born August 7, 1936 in Milford, Utah. Passed away August 3, 2002 in Ivory Coast, Africa. Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, she was a long time resident of Santa Monica. She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Ronald Atchley; her five children, Elizabeth Steele, of Simi Valley, Mark Atchley, of Gilbert, AZ, Suzanne Cardall of Littleton, CO, Richard Atchley and Rozanne Huff, both of Santa Monica; and her grandchildren, Emily, Ryan, Craig, Taylor, Bret, James, Kelly, Jessica, Logan, Derek, Dylan and Dallin. Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 12, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. at the LDS Santa Monica Stake Center, 3400 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles. Gates, Kingsley & Gates, Santa Monica directing.
(Published in the Los Angeles Times from 10 August to 11 August 2002)

Longtime former Las Vegas resident Adele Christensen Atchley, 65, died August 3, 2002 while serving a church mission with her husband, in Ivory Coast, Africa.
She was born Aug. 7, 1936, in Milford, Utah, and grew up in Las Vegas where her father, M.J. Christensen, established a jewelry business.
She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Ronald; children, Elizabeth Steele of Simi Valley, Calif., Mark of Gilbert, Ariz., Suzanne Cardall of Littleton, Colo., and Rozanen Huff and Richard, both of Santa Monica, Calif.; brothers, Don Christensen, Vern Christensen, Carl Christensen and Paul Christensen, all of Las Vegas; and 12 grandchildren.
Services were Monday at the Santa Monica Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (Las Vegas Review Journal)

News Article:

LDS Missionary, 65, Slain in Ivory Coast

A 65-year-old missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Ivory Coast Abidjan Mission was killed Saturday in her apartment during an apparent robbery attempt, church officials said.

Sister Adele Atchley, a senior missionary from Santa Monica, Calif., was serving a mission with her husband in the town of Yamoussoukro, according to church spokesman Dale Bills.

Local authorities and the U.S. Embassy are investigating the crime.

Sister Atchley had been a missionary for five months. Her husband was away from the apartment when the crime was committed.

There are more than 5,400 church members in the Ivory Coast. The first missionaries arrived in the country in 1988, and the mission was officially created in 1993. The first stake there was formed in 1997.

Atchley is the second LDS missionary to die from a violent crime in the same mission in West Africa. Elder Jonathan Philip Barrett, 19, of Morgan, was stabbed in the chest by a lone man without provocation on April 24, 1999. (Published: Deseret News, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2002)

Cause of death: Murder Victim.

Additional Source Information: Social Security Death Index
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  Ronald LeRoy Atchley (1936 - 2012)*
*Calculated relationship
Woodlawn Cemetery
Santa Monica
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: 4S, LOT 20, E
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Record added: Aug 10, 2011
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"Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord."Special Blessings, Sweet Sister.
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