Marie B. Atkins

Secretary and homemaker served as Election Day poll worker, played piano and was poised to turn 100 in June

March 14, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

Marie B. Atkins, a homemaker who enjoyed entertaining family and friends, died in her sleep Wednesday at a daughter's Charlotte, N.C., home. She was 99.

Marie Barbara Michel was born in Baltimore and raised near Patterson Park. She was a graduate of Mount St. Agnes High School.

During the 1930s, she was employed as a secretary at the Maryland Casualty Co., where she met her future husband, William A. Atkins Sr., an auditor. They married in 1936.

The couple lived for years on Glendale Avenue in Northeast Baltimore, where they raised three children.

Mr. Atkins, who later became a vice president of Maryland Casualty Co., died in 1977.

"She would have turned 100 in June," said her son-in-law, retired state Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr., who lives in Homeland. "She remained active into her 90s and would walk to Parkville to do her banking and shopping and then walk home. She never drove a car."

Mr. Curran recalled holidays as being a special time at Mrs. Atkins' home.

"She loved Christmas and all the grandchildren, nieces and nephews would go to Grandma's home, where we would all have a wonderful meal and her special apricot tarts that we waited all year to have," Mr. Curran said.

"There were so many people present that she put the children in one room for dinner and the adults in another," he said. "She was dedicated and devoted to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and was a very lovely, lovely person."

For more than 20 years, Mrs. Atkins served as a poll worker on Election Day.

Mrs. Atkins enjoyed reading and playing the piano.

Mrs. Atkins, who had moved to Charlotte several years ago, had been a communicant of St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St.

Surviving are a son, William A. Atkins Jr. of Bel Air; two daughters, Barbara M. Curran of Homeland and Mary Carol Campitelli of Charlotte; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

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