DOVER - Maggie "Chris" Atkins of Dover passed away at the age of 77. surrounded by her family on Friday, June 13, 2014, in the home of her daughter, Sharon and son-in-law Benny. Mrs. Atkins was born Dec. 24, 1936 in Kershaw, S.C. to the late Robert McDonald and Sally Mosely McDonald. She graduated with honors from Heat Springs High School in Heat Springs, S.C. in 1955. Mrs. Atkins enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1956. During this time, she proudly served her country at home and abroad as a Command Post Sergeant in both California and in Germany, where she met her husband, William. While in the Air Force, Mrs. Atkins earned the Commandant's Award after being named the Salutatorian of the Air Force's first all-female Non-Commissioned Officer Preparatory Course in 1960. After her military service, she went to work for I.L.C. Space Program where she participated in the development of Apollo and NASA Spacesuits for over six years. She and her husband owned and operated Ideal Maintenance Company in Dover, Del. from 1974 to 1991. Mrs. Atkins also owned Maple Lane Mobile Home Park until 2004. Even after her military service, Mrs. Atkins' patriotism continued through her gracious support of Home of the Brave Veterans' Home as well as many other charitable organizations. Mrs. Atkins regularly made and sent care packages to our deployed troops overseas. Above all, Mrs. Atkins' proudest accomplishment was taking part in raising her three grandchildren. It was clear to everyone with whom she came into contact that her grandchildren were her world, and she was incredibly proud of everything they have accomplished. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Atkins in 2006; brother, Gene Lee McDonald; sister, Rena Stover; and son-in-law, John Maynard. She is survived by her daughter, Susan Maynard of Dover; daughter, Sharon Daniels and son-in-law Benny Daniels of Warwick, Md.; sister, Valerie Thompson of Heat Springs, S.C.; grandchildren, Andrew Knopf, Amanda Knopf, and Kristina Magnin and her husband Zack Magnin; and great-granddaughter, Stella Magnin. A celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at Torbert Funeral Chapel, 61 S. Bradford Street in Dover, where friends may gather from 1 p.m.- 2 p.m. Interment will be immediately thereafter at Sharon Hills Memorial Park, 2928 Sharon Hills Road, in Dover. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Home of the Brave Foundation at 6632 Sharps Rd, Milford, DE 19963 or online at http://homeofthebravefdn.org/. Letters of condolences may be sent and guest book signed at www.torbertfuneral.com.
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Published in NewsZapDE on June 16, 2014