Melanie "Mel" Atkins
May 9, 1944  -  October 30, 2018

Melanie "Mel" Atkins

Memorial Service
Zion Lutheran Church
2801 Antilley Rd
Abilene, TX  79606
Thursday, November 8, 2018
1:00 p.m.
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Melanie “Mel” Atkins, 74, of Abilene passed away Tuesday, October 30, 2018 in Abilene.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 1 PM at the Zion Lutheran Church, 2801 Antilley Rd, Abilene, TX 79606.

Mel was born on May 9, 1944 in Athens Ohio and was one of four children of the late Earnest “Ted” Wood and Emma Roach Wood. She married Chris Atkins July 8, 1983. Mel enjoyed scrapbooking and traveling. She was skilled in the art of Hillbilly Foo and you always new where you stood with her. Her grandchildren will miss their “Baka”. Mel was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and the Women’s Social Ministry.

Mel is survived by her husband, Chris Atkins; daughter, Kristen Foster and husband Adam; grandchildren, Hunter Thornton, Laramie Hodges and Pistol Foster; numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Mel was also preceded in death by her 3 siblings, Tommie Lou Burchfield, Ted Wood and Bill Wood.

Services are under the direction of Elmwood Funeral Home.


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  1. Kirby & Rose Krupa
    Tuscola, TX

    We are sorry for your loss of sweet Melanie. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Precious memories are yours and ours.

  2. Peg Putman and Family

    We are so sad to hear of Mel's passing. Mel was such a giving person and helped with taking my Mom to town and sharing so many stories with her. Sending many prayers to her family and friends.

  3. Joe Allen and Beth Martin
    Lawn, TX

    So sorry to hear of Mel's passing she was so kind and compassionate. We are thinking of you and your family. Praying for peace and comfort during this time

  4. Jerry & LaNessa Stuck
    Newport, PA

    So sorry to hear about Melanie's passing. We have such fond memories of spending time with you two and the Krupas over 20 years ago. We send our deepest sympathies to you and your family, and our very saddened to hear this news. Warmest Regards with Thoughts and Prayers - The Stucks.

  5. Betty Fulcher
    Abilene, TX

    We are sorrowed in the loss of sweet Melanie. Prayers for comfort for her family and friends.

  6. Betty Fulcher
    Abilene, TX

    We are sorrowed in the loss of sweet Melanie. Prayers for comfort for her family and friends.

  7. Teddie
    Amesville, OH

    We are so sad to hear of Melanie's passing. I'm grateful for the moments i got to spend with her, especially when she and Chris visited us in Amesville a few years ago. It was a happy time. Hope remembering happy times will bring you Chris, Kris and family, some peace.

  8. Betty Fulcher
    Abilene, TX

    We are sorrowed in the loss of sweet Melanie. Prayers for comfort for her family and friends.

  9. Joyce Jordan Antorietto
    San Diego, CA

    I am very sorry for your loss, and send prayers for her family and friends. I had not seen Melanie since high school, and did not know she had married and moved away from Athens.

  10. Tom Rasor

    I knew Melanie to be a very kind and caring woman. With Chris and her children, grandchildren, she had a loving family. God Bless.

  11. Tallie Wood-Miller
    Rancho Cordova, CA

    We are sad to hear of the passing of our Aunt Melanie. Our hearts are with our cousins and extended family during these difficult times. With much love from California~ RIP Aunt Mel

  12. Sheri Baccus
    Clyde, TX

    Chris & family
    I can't begin to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. Mel, Cookie & I had some good times & lots of laughs at AbSS. I made her an honorary Texan. Blessings to each of you and know you're in my thoughts & prayers.

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