YORK Dorothy Carolyn Atkinson, died Monday, June 25, 2012, at The Brunswick at Longstown, York. She was born December 13, 1909, in Altoona, the daughter of the late George B. Eldred and the late Carrie H. Eldred. In addition to her parents, her brother, Donald Eldred, preceded her death in 1961, her husband, Clair W. Atkinson in 1969, and her daughter, Carolyn Ellen Hill in 2000. Dorothy Eldred Atkinson graduated in 1927 from Altoona High School and later attended the Pennsylvania Business School. She worked in attorney Foster Mecki's office until she was married in 1928. She later worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry for 18 years. She was a faithful member of The First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Altoona, Williamsport, and Lemoyne. Dorothy was a Life Member of the Eastern Star No. 65 in Altoona. She was a member of the National and Camp Hill Order of AARP and a member of PARSE. Surviving are her son, Eldred W. Atkinson; granddaughters, Lynda Kleman, Nancy Larson, and Amy Hester; grandson, Douglas Atkinson; great-granddaughters, Jaime Butler, Carrie Bailey, Kelly Hester, and Evelyn Atkinson; great-grandsons, Daniel and Michael Hester, G. Richard Larson, Jr., and Carter William Eldred Atkinson; and great-great-grandson, Bodie Butler. Dorothy said her only claim to fame was converting a Chinaman to Christianity and serving for 75 years as a Sunday school pianist. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 28, 2012, in the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 442 Hummel Ave., Lemoyne, with her pastor, the Rev. Diana Hodges-Batza, officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ); or AseraCare Hospice, 44 Bowman Road, York, PA 17408.
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Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on July 22, 2012