DeKALB – Charlotte Lee Atkins, 75, formerly of Martinsville, Ill., died Wednesday, April 24, 2013, in DeKalb. She was born Dec. 14, 1937, in Glasgow, Mont., the daughter of Ray Lee and Arlene LaBrie Lee.
Charlotte was a 1956 graduate of Martinsville High School. She received a bachelor's degree from Eastern Illinois University in 1960 and a master's degree from Northern Illinois University in 1966. Her career and lifelong passion was teaching. She was a business educator at Veedersburg (Ind.) High School, Yorkville High School, Miami University (Ohio), Joliet Junior College, Waubonsee Community College and Kishwaukee College. She was a member of numerous professional organizations.
She is survived by her daughter, Rebecca, and son-in-law Robert Gelinas of Portsmouth, Va.; brother, Larry (Diane) Lee of Sanford, Fla., and their family; and aunts, uncles, cousins and special friends.
She was preceded in death by her father, Ray "Skeet" Lee and mother, Arlene Boyer.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Greenwell Funeral Home with the Rev. John Gartelos officiating. Visitation will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday prior to the service at the funeral home, 30 N. Washington St., Martinsville.
Memorial contributions can be directed to the TAILS Humane Society (; 2250 Barber Greene Road, DeKalb, IL 60115) or Women for Women International (; PO Box 9224, Central Islip, NY 11722-9224).
Local arrangements were completed by Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL 60178. For information or to sign the online guest book, visit

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Published in Daily Chronicle on Apr. 27, 2013