Dr. Laurie Ann Milatz-Atkinson

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  • "Laurie was born a humble, loving, caring and giving person...."
    - Laura WILAMOWSKI
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    - Lisa Wright-Inman
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Laurie Ann Milatz-Atkinson passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of Saturday, March 3, 2018, with her family at her side.
Laurie was born on June 14, 1960, in Detroit, Mich. to Ed and Shirley Milatz. She received her bachelor degree from the University of Oklahoma and then studied medicine at the Oklahoma College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery. She completed her medical residency in York, Penn. in 1991 and then moved to Chester, where she joined a private practice with Jerry Robinson. Laurie was a caring physician who was always devoted to her patients. Those who knew her or worked with her knew of her devotion to caring for others. Laurie was an advocate for abused children in our community, having served on the board of the Children's Attention Home for 10 years, four of which she served as the Board Chairwoman. During this time she not only filled an administrative role, but also volunteered countless hours working directly with the children who had been placed there from abusive homes. Laurie also served on the Community Board of the Springs Foundation supporting many worthy causes in our local community and also as a Chief of Medicine at Chester Community Hospital. Laurie always said her most fulfilling achievement in her life was being the mother of two beautiful boys whom she loved more dearly than anything else.
Laurie always appreciated the welcoming community of St Joseph's Catholic Church, where she was an active member, served on several committees and taught religious education. She was also an active parent volunteer in many areas at St. Ann's Catholic School in Rock Hill.
Laurie was preceded in death by her mother, Shirley Therese (Oakie) Milatz; her father, Edward Louis Milatz; and her brother, Eric James Milatz.
Laurie is survived by her loving husband of 20 years, J. Scott Atkinson, and their two sons, Benjamin Heath Atkinson and Nicholas Miller Atkinson. She is also survived by her brothers and sisters, Paula and Chuck Despars of DuPont, Wash., Martin and Elizabeth Milatz of Fowlerville, Mich., Steven and Angela Milatz of Spokane, Wash., Greta and Ken Vega of Denver, Colo. and Betsy Marie and John Stege of Norman, Okla. She is also loved and missed by her many nieces and nephews on both sides of her family.
In lieu of flowers, Laurie requested that donations be made in memory of her to the Children's Attention Home, P.O. Box 2912, Rock Hill, SC 29732; St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 110 West End St., Chester, SC 29706; or St. Gregory's Abbey, 1900 West MacArthur St., Shawnee, OK 74804.
Laurie's life was celebrated with a Catholic Rosary at 6 p.m. followed at 6:30 by a receiving for family and friends on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at Barron Funeral Home in Chester. There will be a private funeral service and family interment for Laurie on Wednesday.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.barronfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The News & Reporter on Mar. 7, 2018