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Lela Atkins
September 14, 2020

Lela Atkins passed away on Monday, September 14, 2020. Lela and her husband, Robert (deceased) lived in Hesperia. Lela taught tennis to children, students, and adults in the High Desert. She taught tennis lessons while working with Parks & Rec for many years and a member of the USTA organization. She played on the varsity team for one semester for Victor Valley College at the age of 55 while attending college (she loved the tennis but not the bus rides to get to the games). When not teaching she played (great serve) and was a great spectator off the courts. She was a terrific coach, having attended and watched her students play competitive games around the High Desert. She retired from a banking career, having been an Operations Officer for First Interstate Bank on Harbor Blvd, Fullerton, CA. She was an active member with the Church of Christ, Hesperia. She is very famous for her pie crust and iced sugar cookies, and holiday meals (her mom, Iona Shroades, owned a restaurant in East Liverpool, Ohio). Lela grew up in communities around East Liverpool, Ohio before relocating with her family to California. She is survived by her three children, Cindy Moore, Bobby Atkins, and Cassie Atkins; 6 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and a great–great-grandbaby due in November, 2020.

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Published in Daily Press from Sep. 26 to Sep. 28, 2020.
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October 3, 2020
Lela was so passionate about her love of Tennis. She inspired the love of the game in all her students, family and friends. She was instrumental in promoting Tennis in the High Desert for the past 30 years. She believed every one of her students would go on to be the next Wimbledon Champion. She was so kind, patient and compassionate. She will be missed by many. Lela is pictured far right, beaming with pride with her tennis students.
October 3, 2020
You were a shinning light for all of us. You inspired us all with your love and devotion. We love you and miss you dearly.
October 1, 2020
I used to help out Lela with the NJTL (National Junior Tennis League) around 2001-2003, introducing the support of tennis to children in the high desert. She was one of the sweetest ladies I have ever met.
Jeff Sanders
September 27, 2020
Lela taught my family tennis at Hesperia High School. She also showed up to the boys matches and made them binders of their accomplishments. We also ran into her at tournaments. She was a great person! RIP Lela; by the way my top student (yes I went on to couch myself) was Girls Tennis Athlete of the year last year. TFL "Sydney Postal" -The Pophams
David Popham
September 27, 2020
Miss you Gram A! Thank you so much for all the years of love!
Travis Chaney
September 25, 2020
Miss you Gram. Love you always.
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