Marilyn Atkinson, 76

Marilyn Joyce Atkinson, age 76, of Waverly, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019.

Mass of Christian Burial will take place Friday, Jan. 18 at 10:30 a.m at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly, followed by interment.

There was visitation Thursday, Jan. 17 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the church, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue Friday at 9:30 a.m., prior to the Mass.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Chilson Funeral Home of Winsted. Online condolences for the family may be directed to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com

Marilyn was born July 30, 1942, in Alhambra, CA, the daughter of Elting and Mary (Casey) Headley.

She graduated from Upsala High School in 1960, and worked as a telephone operator for several years, as well as briefly attending St. Cloud State University.

Marilyn met Ervin “Erv” Atkinson at the Upsala Feed Mill, and the two were eventually united in marriage June 26, 1962, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Upsala. They were blessed with five children: Timothy (1963), Steven (1964), Patricia (1965-1966), Suzanne (1969), and Michelle (1970).

The family lived in Columbia Heights for five years before moving out to a farm in Waverly in 1969. Together, they farmed until 2000, and then had an auction sale and retired from farming.

While maintaining a household and farm, Marilyn found the time to be active with the Girl Scouts, church activities, and other social events.

Marilyn and Erv traveled in the winter to all the southern states for 13 years, until settling for the winter in Palm Harbor, FL. They met many wonderful people on their travels, and enjoyed playing shuffleboard and bingo.

In 2008, Erv was diagnosed with a brain tumor, and passed away in 2010.

Marilyn attended Single’s Club through St. Mary’s Church in Waverly, and met Jim Matter. The two were joined in marriage Oct. 10, 2015 and spent three wonderful years together. They enjoyed going on cruises, gardening, and spending time with friends.

Jim and Marilyn were avid fishermen, and would often compete with each other on who could either catch the most fish, or the biggest,

Marilyn is survived by her loving husband, Jim, and his children, Tim, Lisa, David, and Amy; her children, Tim (Vicki), Steve (Joanne), Suzanne (Michael) Ericson, and Michelle (Bradley) Larson; 12 grandchildren, Jami, Jason (Jordan), Erica (Tony), Courtney (Alex), Alex, Jeremiah (Jessica), Rachel, Paige, Brianna, Westin, Jessika, and Valerie; great-grandchildren Saydee, Sicily, Stella, Kash, Charlie, and Marley; siblings, Vonnie (Joe), Cheryl (Ted), Jerry (Linda), Joe (Candy), Donna (Ken), Kevin (Nancy), and Debbie (Dave); and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

In addition to her first husband, Ervin, Marilyn was preceded in death by her daughter, Patricia; parents; and other relatives.

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