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Beatrice Atkinson

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Beatrice Atkinson

Beatrice Irene Atkinson, 90, a 45-year resident of Severna Park, died August 29. She was born June 17, 1921, in Blackstone, VA, to Annie and Bennie Draper. Beatrice was a 1943 graduate of Mary Washington College, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree. She lettered in athletics five times and was the captain of the women's basketball team. Following graduation she was recruited by the Military Intelligence Division of the War Department as a cryptologist in Washington, DC. Beatrice then moved to Georgia to work as a dietician at the Warner Robins Air Station. Following World War II, she moved to Richmond, VA. There she worked as the Director of Dietary Services at the Medical College of Virginia. In June 1948 she married George P. Atkinson Jr. of Richmond, VA. Bea and George were blessed with seven children and settled in Severna Park in 1966. Beatrice was the family matriarch and very much enjoyed spending time with her children, 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was active in many organizations in her life including the DAR, Colonial Dames, 55+, AAUW, Great Decisions and the Red Hat Society. For many years she guided walking tours for Historic Annapolis. She was involved in the organization of the Ladies Nine Hole Group at Eisenhower Golf Club in Crownsville. She enjoyed playing golf into her eighties. Bea loved to travel and did so extensively. Throughout the years she traveled all the continents of the world. In her eighties she was fortunate to have the opportunity to cruise around the world on four separate occasions. Beatrice lived a very full, independent and active life. She was preceded in death by her husband, George, who died in 1984; and brother, Irving Draper. She is survived by seven children, Michael Atkinson of Lothian, Nora Spicer of Centerville, Sandra Hallahan of Severna Park, Nancy Zeni of Annapolis, George Atkinson of Washington, DC, Jeffrey Atkinson, M.D. of Arnold and Laura Atkinson of Annapolis; 12 grandchildren, Michael George Atkinson, Joy Chillcoat, Heather Macey, Michael Ihnat, Greg Ihnat, Stephanie Wantland, Landry Bennett, AJ Spicer, Ian Atkinson, Allison Atkinson, Aidan Atkinson and Wilson Hallahan; six great-grandchildren; brother, William Draper; and sister, Mildred Atkinson. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 2 at the Church of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic, 689 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park. Beatrice wished to have contributions made in memory of her late husband to the ALS Association, Development Department, 27001 Agoura Road, Ste. 250, Calabasas Hills, CA 91301. Arrangements handled by the Barranco & Sons Severna Park Funeral Home, P.A. Online condolences may be made at www.barrancofuneralhome.com

Published in The Capital on Aug. 31, 2011
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