Mildred A. Atkinson, 91, of Austin and formerly of Dallas, passed away peacefully at Sagebrook Health Center in Cedar Park after a prolonged battle with cancer on Sunday, November 23, 2003. She was born on September 29, 1912, in Los Angeles, CA, to Hedley Hathoway and Matlida Augusta (Holmstrum) O'Brien. She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Clayton; and two husbands. ``Millie' was an executive secretary for 26 years with The Fabricators of Dallas, a company that installed restaurant kitchens. She was a member of the prestigious Dallas Garden Club and she was active and held office in the Dallas chapter of the American Business Women's Association. She was selected as the Woman of the Year by ABWA in 1974-75. While residing at Three Fountains in Dallas, she made many friends and was in charge of a weekly card game. She moved to Austin in 2000 to the Clairmont and was once again surrounded by special friendships. Affectionately called ``Meme' by family and friends, she is survived by daughter, Suzanne (Sue) and husband, J. Lynn Couch of Austin; sons, Bill Besser Jr. of Dallas and John Atkinson of California; grandchildren, Sherrie and husband, Jerrold Anderson of Houston, Loree and husband, Brian Ching of Louisville, KY, and Julie and husband, Chris of Austin; six great-grandchildren, Tony Edwards, Ashlyn Anderson, Katie and Zachary Ching, Nicholas and Jamie Blades. She leaves a legacy of love and guidance to a family who will treasure her memory and miss her always. Heartfelt thanks to the special aides at The Clairmont and to the dedicated staff of Sagebrook for their diligent and loving care and to Vista Care Family Hospice. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, December 6, 2003, at Hope Presbyterian Church followed by inurnment in the Memorial Garden of Hope and a reception at the church. For those desiring memorials may be made to the Hope Presbyterian Church or the American Cancer Society.