Dorothy Atkins

Dorothy (Young) Atkins, 88, of Marblehead, passed away at the Lafayette on Monday, January 3, 2011. She was the wife of the late Robert J. Atkins Sr. Born in Beverly, she was the daughter of the late Gavin W. and Pearl B. (Russell) Young. She was the mother of the late Robert Atkins Jr. and the sister of the late Russell Young and his wife Jane.

She was a graduate of Lynn English High School, Class of 1940 and attended Fay Secretarial School in Boston. Dot worked as a clerk for the National Grand Bank in Marblehead and later in the Marblehead Treasure’s Office for many years. She was a member of the Lee Mansion Guild for twenty years, and was very active with the senior citizens groups. Dot was a very gentile, loving person who will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her three grandsons, Jason, Thomas, and David Chaimovich; a great-granddaughter, Chloe; cousin, Lurlyne Murray of Swampscott; nephew, Ronald Young and his wife Jean of Lynn; niece, Caroline Hood of FL; a step-daughter, Christine Wilber of Weymouth; and many nieces and nephews. She also leaves her dearest friends, Claudette Nichols, Patti DiFonzo, and Jim Rodgers.

A memorial service will be held in the Dr. Arland A. Dirlam Chapel at Waterside Cemetery, 294 West Shore Drive, Marblehead on Friday, January 14 at 11AM. Burial to immediately follow the service. Relatives and friends respectfully invited. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lee Mansion/Marblehead Museum and Historical Society, 170 Washington Street, Marblehead.


  • Memorial Service Friday, January 14, 2011

Dorothy Atkins

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January 13, 2011

This is a message from Diane and Steve Tufts. I will love and remember Aunt Dot for the many years she was so loving to my family. She always remembered all of my children's names, and kept in contact with me with a Christmas Card every year. She followed us wherever we moved all over the country before coming back to live in Beverly.
I had the opportunity to visit with her at the nursing home with aunt Helen.
Sincerely, Diane Rood Tufts and family, Calabash North Carolina

Claudette Nichols

January 9, 2011

"Hey You --- It's ME... Claudie"
'Dottie Biscotti' ... 'Pie in the Sky'

Family came with the wind to take you away...Monday was a glorious morn to begin your new journey. Don't worry about me, I'll be okay...I'll be with you again someday and we will dance and sing as we did.

Sue Lemm

January 9, 2011

Dear Aunt Dot,
You are missed already. You were such a gentle, loving, funny woman. I know you are now with Uncle Bob and Bobby (and Nana Powers!) in Heaven. God bless you sweet lady ~ you will always be remembered fondly.
Love, Sue, John, Tate and Jace Lemm

Elaine Valente

January 7, 2011

Aunt Dot has been a little lost without Uncle Bob these last few years; we all know a part of her was lost when Bobby died. Now, she has joined her family, and I think I feel the joy from here. Her mom, Auntie Pearl, and my mom...all those we love who went on ahead of her, especially our Lord and Savior, have prepared the way for her. Can't wait to visit her new mansion, I know Jesus will put us all together in His Father's House!

Lurlyne Murray

January 6, 2011

The Circle is now unbroken - Bob, Bobby and Dot are together. May the Dear Lord smile upon them and keep them safe in His tender, loving care. 'Til we meet again........Love, Lurl, George and 'Sadie'

January 5, 2011

We were all saddened to learn of Dorothy Atkins death. She was a lovely person and her gentle kindness made her a pleasure to know and work with. Dorothy was a Lee Mansion guide for many years, and loved to share her knowledge of the Mansion and Marblehead's history with visitors. It is especially meaningful that she has asked for donations to sent to the Lee Mansion, which is owned by the Marblehead Museum and Historical Society.
With deepest sympathy to her family and friends,
Pam Peterson
and Board and staff of the Marblehead Museum and Historical Society