Martha "Marnie" (Vaughan) Atkinson passed away peacefully on June 26, 2021. Born May 21, 1935 to Howard and Martha (Zaring) Vaughan of Winnetka, Illinois and Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. The beloved wife of the late George "Budge" Atkinson Jr. is survived by her three children, Lynne (Mark) Florian, Susan Atkinson, and George (Jeanne) Atkinson and six grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Gloria Vaughan, and her brother, Howard Vaughan, both of Chicago.
Marnie grew up in Winnetka where she graduated from New Trier High School. She attended the University of Wisconsin - Madison, where she served as President of her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma.
She married the love of her life, her high school sweetheart, in 1957, and they were together for over 43 years until Budge passed away in 2001. They raised their family in Winnetka and Lake Geneva in the same home her grandparents built in 1904. One of her greatest accolades from those who knew her well was the warmth of her hospitality to many close friends spanning generations. Her enthusiasm towards making others feel welcome was infectious and will be sorely missed.
Marnie was consistently active in her communities, serving as the founding President of the Volunteer Talent Pool in the North Shore area of Chicago, a Board Member of the Geneva Lake Association for 24 years, and a longtime member of the Lake Geneva Garden Club. She loved her dogs (seven in her lifetime), following her favorite sports teams (Duke Blue Devils especially), and held a particular fondness for music. She was integral in providing melodies on the piano over the decades for countless gatherings, naturally encouraging others to sing (and laugh) who may not have otherwise.
A family service will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her honor to Holiday Home Camp, providing children and teens with a respite from often unhealthy, difficult and unsafe home circumstances (https://lakegenevafreshair.org/giving-opportunities/
). Arrangements by Wm. H. Scott Funeral Home, 847-251-8200.
Published by Chicago Tribune on Jul. 4, 2021.