The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


March 13, 2014

Shirley Ann Atkerson

JOPLIN, Mo. — Shirley Ann Atkerson, 86, of Joplin, passed away Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at her home.

She was born on March 30, 1927, in Webb City, to John and Bessie Kilgore Palmer. Shirley was a secretary for the Carl Junction School District for many years and also a member of the First Baptist Church, of Webb City.

She married George Robert Atkerson on Sept. 28, 1946, in Webb City, and he preceded her in death on March 13, 2010.

Shirley is survived by her daughters, Terri Felgate, of Valley Park, Mo., Rebecca Klier and husband, Michael, of West Bloomfield, Mich., and Nancy Russell and husband, Robert Zwolak, of Etna, N.H.; grandchildren, Brian Felgate and wife, Jacqui, Michelle Brinker and husband, Brian and Krista Scott and husband, Lynn; and great-grandchildren, Andrew Felgate, Carley Felgate, Madelyn Brinker, Alexis Brinker, Elayna Brinker and Christopher Scott.  

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church, of Webb City, with Rev. Bob Easton and Rev. Ron Woody officiating with burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Simpson Funeral Home, of Webb City.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial contributions to be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association in her memory.

Services are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home in Webb City.

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