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Carla Gusovius Atkins

April 21, 1927February 3, 2021

Carla Gusovius Atkins, age 93, of Anna Maria, Florida, died peacefully in her sleep of natural causes on Wednesday, 3 February 2021, at her son’s home in Arlington, Virginia. Born on 21 April 1927 in Königsberg, East Prussia, Germany, to Dr. Paul Gusovius and Ella Schwarz Gusovius, Mrs. Atkins was an avid English student at the Königin Luise Schule in Königsberg and received her Abitur. She perfected her English by listening to the BBC and other English language broadcasts. Following the British bombing of Königsberg in 1944, she travelled with her family 750 miles to the safety of a new home in western Germany, where she eventually was employed as a translator and secretary by the US Army in Hessen, Germany, and as manager of an Amerika Haus library. She emigrated to Detroit in 1955 to take a job as a secretary for an import-export firm. In 1957 in Philadelphia she wed Neill Stewart Atkins, Jr., of Lillington, North Carolina, a career Army officer whom she had met in Germany. During their Army years, Col. and Mrs. Atkins lived in Lillington; El Paso, Texas; and Brooklyn, New York. They settled in Tampa, Florida, in 1964, where Col. Atkins was employed as a computer systems architect until his retirement. In 1976, they moved to the beach at Anna Maria. Mrs. Atkins loved her family, travelling domestically and overseas (she flew roundtrip supersonically on the Concorde in 1997), walking and swimming at the beach, collecting seashells, and feeding the ever-present blue herons, who never went hungry. Mrs. Atkins is predeceased by her husband and by her elder brother, Harald Gusovius. She is survived by her two sons, Paul Stewart Atkins and his wife, Sarah, of Arlington, Virginia, and Harold Turner Atkins and his wife, Tracey, of Swarthmore, Pennsylvania; five grandchildren, Stewart, Peter, Henry, Margaret, and Marshall; and her younger brother, Burkhard Gusovius, his wife, Ute, their son, Nico, and his wife, Ilse, all of Wiesmoor, Germany. Interment will be in the family plot at Summerville Presbyterian Church in Lillington, North Carolina, at a future date.

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Dawnette Mitchell-Henry

February 24, 2021

Miss Carla as she was called by her caregivers, was a wonderful and sweet lady. I have had the pleasure of working for her and I can truly say, that my years with her was one of joy. I will cherished those memories forever. To Paul, Harold, grandchildren and daughters-in-law, I know you all have wonderful memories of her, do take heart in knowing that she is in a better place. May God bless you all as you go through this time of grief.

Dick and Betty Wiley

February 19, 2021

We want to express our sincere condolences to Paul over his loss, and also our admiration for the manner in which he and Sarah cared for his mother over her final years.