Marguerite Atkins

Marguerite L. Atkins, 95, of Sioux Falls, SD, formerly of Tea, SD, died Friday, August 17, 2018, at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, August 24, 2018, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Tea.  Visitation with family present to greet friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., with a 7:00 p.m. Liturgical Wake Service, on Thursday, August 23, 2018, at George Boom Funeral Home & Crematory, Sioux Falls.  

Marguerite Lillian Fritz was born November 18, 1922, to Charles and Lilly Fritz of Tea SD. She was the youngest of seven children and attended Tea Elementary School and Washington High School in Sioux Falls graduating in 1940. After attending Teachers College in Madison, she taught school in Canistota for two years. On June 30, 1944, she was married to Alvin Atkins and they lived in the Sioux Falls and Tea area most of their married life where they raised four sons. After their sons were in school, Marguerite returned to her teaching career and also took college classes on evenings and weekends to earn her degree from Augustana College. She taught for twenty years in the Sioux Falls School District.

Marguerite enjoyed the outdoors, flowers, gardening, fishing and golf. She loved to travel, including many fishing trips to Canada, vacations in Alaska, Europe, the east coast and other parts of the United States. She was competitive and always reminded her family that she caught the largest Walleye of any of them while she and Alvin traveled to Saskatchewan for their 50th wedding anniversary. Growing up she was a tomboy and enjoyed riding horses, being outdoors and playing ball with her 5 older brothers. In grade school she said she never played with dolls like many of the girls, instead she always played baseball with the boys and thought that competition helped her get on the girls basketball team in College at Madison. Marguerite also loved reading and poetry – a gift that she has passed on to her sons and grandchildren. After retirement she took up cross stitch and quilting, a craft that she enjoyed sharing with her daughters-in-law. She loved teaching and in her later years she spoke often of how much she missed teaching and her students. Most of all, Marguerite loved her family. She loved spending time with them and cooking great meals for them. She will be dearly missed. 

Marguerite was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Tea.

Left to cherish her memory are her sons, Thomas (Margaret) Atkins of Winchester, TX, Charles (Jan) Atkins of Fort Pierre, SD, Paul (Deborah) Atkins of Big Sky, MT, and Peter (Laura) Atkins of Tea, SD; eight grandchildren, John Atkins, Joseph (Sonya) Atkins, Alison (Loren) Denton, Christopher (Kristin) Atkins, Scott (Sarah) Atkins, Craig Atkins, Paul (Sarah) Atkins, and Aria (Bryan) Wiatzka; 16 great grandchildren; and 3 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Alvin, five brothers; Glenn, Harvey, Harold (Lester), Arthur (Pete) and Irvin and one sister, Ella Kolsch. 

Friends and relatives are invited to gather with the family for lunch and fellowship at St. Nicholas Catholic Church following the funeral service. Per Marguerite’s request, the family will travel to St. Michael’s Cemetery in Sioux Falls for a private interment. The family will direct memorials to the Sioux Falls Butterfly House.

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