As Margaret requested, cremation will be accorded. A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, March 25, at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Abingdon Chapel. Mr. Mark McCurry will officiate. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the chapel. Private burial of her ashes will be at the Abingdon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Abingdon United Methodist Church or the Abingdon Food Pantry.
She was born on Nov. 7, 1928, near Atkinson, the daughter of Harold and Mary Sears Clark. She married Marvin O. Atkins on Nov. 20, 1951, in Abingdon. He preceded her in death on April 1, 1992. She also was preceded in death by her parents.
She attended a rural school nicknamed "Frog Pond" near Cambridge. She graduated from Geneseo High School in 1946, and later from Western Illinois University in 1950, majoring in physical education.
She was a teacher in Abingdon District No. 217 for 32 years, retiring in 1990. During that time, she was instrumental in helping to start girls' interscholastic athletic programs in the 1970s. She coached the Abingdon High School Bowling Team and the team won three IHSA State Championships during her tenure. She received the award of "Coach of State Champions" by the Illinois Coaches Association in the school year of 1978-79. Many also will remember her as their cheerleading coach for many years. After retiring from teaching, she was a volunteer at Galesburg Cottage Hospital. She also became the official scorekeeper at AHS volleyball and basketball games for six years. In 1999, she was nominated and was awarded her place on the Wall of Fame at Abingdon High School.
She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, the Delphian Club and the Indian Point Club. She also was a charter member of the Abingdon Pottery Collectors Club. She was member of the Abingdon United Methodist Church and many groups within the church.
Margaret is survived by a son, William (Delores) Atkins, Pekin; a daughter, Bonnie (Mike) Anderson, Abingdon; two brothers, Richard (D.A.) Clark, Bishop Hill, and Gordon (Barbara) Clark, Geneseo; and a sister, Roberta Mittan, Utica, Neb.
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