Alice Atchison

Posted Online: Jan. 13, 2013, 7:46 pm
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Alice L. Atchison, 96, of Moline, formerly of Ottawa, passed away Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at Hope Creek Care Center, East Moline.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Moline. Friends may call Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at DeRoo Funeral Home, where a Rosary will be recited by the Sacred Heart Altar & Rosary Society at 4 p.m. Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery, East Moline. Memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Church or Marquette High School, Ottawa.
Alice was born April 11, 1916, in Dayton Township, LaSalle County, the daughter of Thomas and Louise Schomas Pillion. She married Herbert A. Atchison on Nov. 21, 1941, in Ottawa. He preceded her in death on Oct. 18, 1974.
Mrs. Atchison retired in 1984 as a sales clerk for JCPenney, Moline. She previously was employed at the former Montgomery Elevator.
Alice was a member of Sacred Heart Church, Moline, where she served as an extraordinary minister and on the Pastoral Care Committee and was past president of the Sacred Heart Altar & Rosary Society. She also was a member and past president of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women and the National Council of Catholic Women in the Peoria Diocese. She served as province director of the Chicago Archdiocese, Daughters of Isabella, Third Order of Franciscans and was acknowledged as Woman of the Year for the Peoria Diocese. Alice also received a "Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice" Papal Medal from Pope John Paul.
Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and Thomas Courtney, Hampton, and "Dorrie" Dolores and Michael Pavich, Springfield; and son, Dr. Thomas Atchison, LeClaire, Iowa. There are five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; her sister, Ann Dufour, Moline; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, James, in 2003; a sister; and two brothers.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to Alice's sister, Ann Dufour, and her family, as well as Hope Creek for the wonderful support and care shown to their mother and grandmother.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at


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