Dana P. Atkins, 63, remembered as loving and kind, made the world a better place

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Dana P. Atkins
Dana P. Atkins

Dana P. Atkins, of Yorktown, died Saturday, April 4, 2015, at the age of 63.

She will be remembered as a very loving and kind wife, sister, daughter, aunt and friend who made the world a better place.

Dana was born on Aug. 27, 1951, to James and Mary Parks and was raised in Newport News. She graduated from Ferguson High School in 1969 and has since served on the reunion committee. She graduated from Mary Washington University in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in history and a minor in social sciences. She had been working for Old Point National Bank since 1995 and was the executive assistant to the CEO and president.

Dana was a devout member of First United Methodist Church of Newport News where she spent many years singing in the choir and playing in the hand bell choir. Dana always loved to bake, was an avid Cowboys fan and was a supporter of the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life.

A very special thanks is extended to her loving group of caregivers.

Dana was preceded in death by her husband, Jodie Lee Atkins III; her sister, Terry Lynn Parks; her brother, James C. Parks; her mother, Mary B. Parks; and her father, James H. Parks.

She is survived by her sister-in-law, Mary Sue Cash and her husband, Mike and her brother-in-law, Greg, all of Yorktown; nephew, Jason Cash, his wife, Lisa and their daughter Maisey, of Catawba; nephew, David Cash, his wife, Jesi and their daughters, Lily and Emma, of Newport News; her lovable Jack Russell Terrier, Jake; and a family of friends at First United Methodist Church and Old Point National Bank.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 12, 2015, at Peninsula Funeral Home. A private burial service will take place at a later date.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Music Fund of First United Methodist Church, 10246 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601 or the American Cancer Society.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Peninsula Funeral Home.

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