Fairlawn Mortuary


Elizabeth Ann Atkins

June 12, 1925August 19, 2021

Elizabeth Ann (Jacobs) Atkins, 96 of Fairhaven, formerly of Milton, passed away Thursday, August 19, 2021 in her residence with her family at her side. She was the wife of the late James Baker Atkins.

She was born June 12, 1925, daughter of the late Julia Wells (Hendon) and Dutton Palmer Jacobs, in Youngstown, Ohio. Survived by daughters Julia Atkins-Hastie and her husband Stephen of Philadelphia, Mary Hendon Atkins of Cambridge and Amy Palmer Atkins and husband Mark Delisle of Fairhaven: grandchildren, Eliza Hastie, Eli and Abby Motycka and Lucian Delisle. She was the sister of the late Charles Dutton Jacobs.

She was a graduate of the College of Wooster and Andover Newton Theological School. In Milton, she was a volunteer in human rights activities, church education, mental health issues, the League of Women Voters and served on the Council on Aging, Fair Housing Committee and as the state appointed board member of the Milton Housing Authority.

Donations in Elizabeth’s memory may be made to The Coalition For Social Justice , 558 Pleasant Street, Suite 309, New Bedford, MA 02745.

Arrangements are in the care of the WARING-SULLIVAN HOME at FAIRLAWN, 180 Washington Street, Fairhaven, MA 02719. To leave a note of condolence:


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Maureen Burke

August 31, 2021

Liz was a very special person. I got to know her and her family because I used to take her to doctors appointments and other things. I met her daughter Amy and son in law Mark at a networking meeting. They we're a very special family to me.

Betty Jeanne Nooth

August 31, 2021

Liz was a beloved member of The Second Half Lifelong Learning Institute & participated in classes with me called Writing From the Heart and Exploring Poetry as Readers and Writers. She was a wonderful poet and great reader with a unique dismissive wave of the hand as if what she was about to share wasn’t very good but it was! We shared many wonderful conversations commuting together to classes in Dartmouth & Fall River. My deepest condolences to her family! I have missed her!

Debbie Ramage

August 30, 2021

Liz was our caring neighbor in Milton, MA. for many decades. I have fond memories of playing in the Atkin's expansive back yard and later baby sitting for Julie, Mary and Amy. I also took care of Willa and Waldo, their Siamese fur babies, when the family vacationed on the Cape. Liz taught me how to best amend soil for gardening and to appreciate Swanson frozen dinners. Liz was my first feminist influence; her husband Jim taught me how to compose a resume and to love the Red Sox! He was such a talented artist; we are proud to display four Jim Atkin's originals in our home.

Mary Rose

August 29, 2021

My sincere condolences, in the loss of your loved one. She truly was a treasure. Being her Aide was very pleasant.

Carolyn Ammazzalorso

August 27, 2021

Julie, Mary & Amy, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. I am a friend of Julie’s from school and I fondly remember the stories she would tell of your mom. What a strong , independent , interesting woman she was! I hope you are healing with the many warm memories you have of her and she continues to live forever in your hearts! ❤️

Claire Finn

August 26, 2021

Julie, Mary, and Amy-
I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. I have a lot of great memories playing at your house when we were little. Your mom was always so nice. From seeing her picture, she really did not change at all! I hope you are all well.
Claire Donoghue Finn

Carol Marshall

August 26, 2021

Wishing you comfort and memories that are happy and consoling. Your mom was a bright light-kind to everyone and committed to a better world. Her spirit was generous, and her demeanor light-hearted. I will always think of her with fondness. Love, Carol (Soyster) Marshall

Joanne Bento

August 23, 2021

It is with great sadness that I learned of Elizabeth's passing. It was my honor to be able to provide services to her every Tuesday morning. I enjoyed our conversations about books, her travels, and gardening. May your memories of this exceptional lady bring you comfort.