Maxine C. Atkins


Maxine C. Atkins, formerly of Geneseo, IL, passed away Friday, August 28, 2020, at Manor Care, Moline, IL, after a 15 year battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Cremation has been performed per her wishes and a private celebration of life service will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be shared at Memorials can be made to the Illinois Great Rivers Preachers Aid Society.

Maxine was born June 2, 1927, in Glen Ferris, West Virginia, to Roland and Ethel (Stillwell) Birckhead. She attended Duke University, where she received a Master’s degree in Christian Education and met her soon to be husband, John P. Atkins. They were married on September 5, 1952, in Glen Ferris. She has now joined John, who preceded her in death in 2002.

Maxine was a devout follower of Jesus Christ, and a devoted pastor’s wife, performing whatever duties were needed at home and at church. Among the many things she did were singing in the choir, playing piano, cooking meals, and teaching many Sunday school classes, both for children and adults. She had many cherished memories of serving with the Quad Cities Emmaus Community. She cared deeply about her family and friends.

Those left to cherish her memory include a son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Tese Atkins, Hampton, IL; granddaughters, Lauren (Nick) Stottler, Hampton, IL, and Amy (Blake) Boe, Colona, IL; and three great-grandsons, Jonathan, Chris, and Dominic.

The family would like to thank Heartland Health Care in Moline for their many years of taking care of Maxine as she struggled with Alzheimer’s disease.