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Cheryl Lynn AtkinsonPassing: November 10, 2017


Chastain Funeral Home

Celebration of Life

Friday, November 17th @ 5:00 pm


Chastain Funeral Home

Friday, November 17th @ 1:00-5:00 pm


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 CENTERVILLE – Cheryl Lynn (Nolen) Atkinson left this life November 10, 2017, at her home in Centerville, Indiana.

Born May 31, 1945, in East Chicago, Indiana, she was the daughter of James and Dorothy (Rosene) Nolen.  She graduated from Highland High School, Class of 1963, and attended Indiana State University pursuing a degree in education and accounting.  While at the university, she met and married Bradley Gene Atkinson of Mitchell.  Brad and Cheryl married on March 21, 1964.  The couple has two sons, Jason Scott Atkinson of Memphis, Tennessee and James Gene (Chigger) Atkinson and spouse, Lisa, of Richmond, Indiana; and two grandchildren, Charlene Cheryl Atkinson and Dustin Scott Atkinson of Oberasbach, Germany.

Cheryl was employed in Human Resources at Bedford Medical Center, Bedford, Indiana, United Technologies, Edinburgh, Indiana, and H. Hadaday, Inc. of South Holland, Illinois.  She retired in 1997.

Cheryl is survived by her husband; sons and grandchildren; sisters, Colleen Nolen of Jacksonville, Florida and Robyn (Bill) Lowry of Highland, Indiana; brothers, Richard (Sue) Nolen of Peoria, Arizona and James Nolen of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; sisters-in-law, Bonnie Nolen of Griffith, Indiana, Patricia Atkinson (Monte) of Orleans, Indiana, Amy Parker (Rob) of Mitchell, Indiana, and Charlotte Atkinson-Kirkman (Olin/Buddy) of Bedford, Indiana; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; Jim and Dorothy Nolen; in-laws, Gene and Betty Atkinson; brother, Timothy Nolen; and brothers-in-law, Jerry Atkinson and Eric Atkinson.

Cheryl was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Highland, Indiana and Mitchell, Indiana, past Honored Queen of Job’s Daughters and former member of Gamma Epsilon Chapter of Tri Kappa.

Cheryl was an avid and accomplished needle-pointer, artist, calligrapher, decorator, and reader.  She loved the ocean and their home and friends in Inverness, Florida, where they wintered.  Each holiday season she spent days baking Kolatch and pecan cookies made from long treasured recipes which she lovingly mailed to family.  Birthdays brought cards embellished with her signature decoration and penmanship.  Cheryl was creative, feisty, stubborn, and unfailingly honest with a wicked sense of humor, and a classic, eclectic style.  Cheryl will be remembered always for her generous spirit, loving heart, and loyalty to family and friends.

Celebration of Life will be at 5:00 p.m. Friday, November 17, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Lee Hupp officiating.

Friends may call from 1:00 p.m. until the service on Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial Gifts: LIFE Pantry

Condolences may be mailed to Brad Atkinson, 318 East Plum Street, Centerville, Indiana 47333 or www.chastainfuneralhome.com

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7 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: David B. Nicol | Lakeside
    Date: November 17, 2017
    Our hearts and prayers go out to you, Brad and your family , at this most difficult time. Cheryl was a very special lady. Love Dave and Heather
  2. Guest: Cathy Adkins | Centerville, In.
    Date: November 14, 2017
    I loved Cheryl, as a friend and I respected her very much. I met her in 2010 when I moved here from Nebraska. Lisa is my daughter. She was a very nice lady. Always had a smile and a hug for me. I will miss her very much!
  3. Guest: Dawn Parks | Owenton Ky 40359
    Date: November 14, 2017
    We send our condolences to your family members, Cheryl was a lovely woman full of life she will be sadly missed you're in our thoughts and prayer's
  4. Guest: Amy and Rob Parker | Mitchell, In 47446
    Date: November 14, 2017
    Brad bringing Cheryl home to meet our parents after their elopement is one of my most vivid childhood memories. We had never seen anything as beautiful as this young woman. I can see her now, tapping her foot, taking a drag on her Virginia Slim while she contemplated just the right decoration for a Christmas package. They were works of art. With a little paint a plywood floor became a beautiful area rug. Leftover material from curtains became summer bathing suits for Charlotte and I. Brad had stone delivered to make a drive way, she didn't like where he put it so, shovel by shovel, she moved the entire drive.... cussing him with every breath. She was an integral part of our family history and will be missed every single day...Love you Cheri Lynn.
  5. Guest: Sharon Nash | Mitchell, Indiana
    Date: November 14, 2017
    Our thoughts and prayers for all the Atkinson Family! Jim and Sharon Nash
  6. Guest: Patti Atkinson | Orleans, IN
    Date: November 13, 2017
    Cheryl Lynn shared our every happiness and heartbreak for 53 years. She made my first prom dress, conducted my installation in Job Daughters and refereed MORE than 1 sibling argument between Ricky and me. She was the only person I ever met that could smoke a cigarette, drink a Pepsi and paint a house, all at the same time. Tears of joy for having her in my life, tears of sorrow at her passing. She was the best gift my big brother ever gave me. Patti A
  7. Guest: Judy Newlin | Orleans, IN
    Date: November 13, 2017
    My condolences to, Brad, Chig, Jason and your entire family. I have had the pleasure of knowing the Atkinson family for many years. I thought the world of Cheryl and her ability to always make you feel at home and welcome in her family circle. I know that you will all miss her terribly. I can only imagine your sadness. There is now a spot that no one will ever be able to fill with the loss of such an amazing woman. Always remember the fun and wonderful times you all spent together. I love you all very much. Jude