Diane G. Atkins, 66, of Paxton died at 6:31 a.m. on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at her home.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Baier Family Funeral Services, Paxton is honored to serve the Atkins family.
Mrs. Atkins was born on December 6, 1946 in Kankakee, the daughter of Cedric C. and Beverly (Gerber) Cole. Her family moved to Paxton in 1960 where she graduated from Paxton High School and then went on to college to receive a degree in Accounting. Mrs. Atkins married William J. Atkins on August 8, 1963 in Paxton. She worked for the US Postal Service for 12 years, and for the next 25 years worked as the accountant for the family business, Atkins Auto.
Mrs. Atkins loved carpentry work, landscaping, reading, and working on the family farm.
She is survived by her husband Bill, 5 sons Jim Atkins of Paxton; Ken Atkins of Biloxi, MS; Bill (Tammy) Atkins of Rankin; Randy (Christina) Atkins of Paxton; Patrick “P.K.” (Lori) Atkins of Paxton; 5 sisters Beverly (James) Wiley of Coulterville; Suzie (Brad) Knepper of Lebanon; Valerie (Rod) Dietz of St. Louis; Annette (Mike) Keathley of Bloomington; Regina Roberts of Champaign; 2 brothers Cedric (Yu Jung) Cole of Lawton, OK; Grant (Luz) Cole of Champaign; a half-sister, Kelly Cole Carper of Austin, TX and a half-brother, Michael Cole; 7 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents.