Virginia Anne Hogge Atkins
December 28, 1933 – July 8, 2019
Virginia Anne Hogge “Jan” Atkins, age 85, passed away on July 8, 2019 at Lakewood Manor in Richmond, Virginia. Before moving to Richmond, she lived in Charleston, Illinois for more than 50 years. Jan was born in Newport News, Virginia on December 28, 1933. She was raised in Hampton, Virginia, the oldest of four children of John Lewis Hogge and Virginia Curtis Hogge. She married Dr. D. Ferrel Atkins on June 8, 1955 in Hampton, and they were married for 56 years. She was preceded in death by her husband; her sister, Elizabeth Hogge Morton; and her son-in-law, H. Duane Guettler. She is survived by her brother, John W. Hogge (Susan) of Raleigh, North Carolina; sister, Martha H. Forest (Gary) of Newport News, Virginia; son, Alden L. Atkins (Stephanie) of Alexandria, Virginia; daughter, Anne A. Guettler of New Castle, Colorado; her six grandchildren, Kristin Ullrich (Ronnie), Mikaela Cain (Tom), Tyler Guettler (Shelby), Ferrel Atkins, Alexis Atkins, and Adrienne Atkins; and her two great-grandchildren, Sophia Ullrich and Hadlee Cain. Jan received a B.A.in mathematics from Westhampton College in 1956, and she was a member of Pi Mu Epsilon National Honorary Mathematics Fraternity and Phi Alpha Theta National Honorary History Fraternity. She raised eyebrows when she married Ferrel, who was one of her professors. She received an M.A. in History from Eastern Illinois University. She taught grade school in Richmond, and after raising her family, she was an instructor at Eastern Illinois University where Ferrel was a professor. The family spent the summers in Estes Park, Colorado, where Ferrel was a ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park and where Jan made lifelong friends and played exceptional bridge. Jan was a devoted member of P.E.O., an organization to promote women and educational opportunities for women. She was a member of the Charleston CF chapter, and she rose through the ranks of the executive board to become the Illinois state president in 2008, where she led hundreds of members in dozens of chapters across the state. She was an avid reader, and her children and grandchildren will always remember her warmth and quick wit. The family will receive friends on Friday, July 12, 2019 at 1 p.m. at Woody Funeral Home, 1771 N. Parham Road, Richmond, VA. A Celebration of Life will follow at 2 p.m. at the Woody Parham Chapel, with a reception after the service. Funeral services in Charleston will be held on Monday, July 15 at 11 a.m. at the Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL, with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. Interment will be private. Donations may be made in her name to Cottey College, a college sponsored by P.E.O., 1000 W. Austin Blvd., Nevada, MO 64772.
- Visitation Friday, July 12, 2019
- A Celebration of Life Friday, July 12, 2019
- Reception Friday, July 12, 2019
- Visitation Monday, July 15, 2019
- Funeral Service Monday, July 15, 2019
Virginia Anne Hogge Atkins
September 8, 2019
With sympathy to Jan's family,
I just learned of Jan's passing when I attended the reunion in August for the 1952 class of Hampton High School. Jan and I began school together in the first grade and remained friends forever. I have many fond memories of pajama parties at her home when we were growing up. We continued to get together whenever she was in the area. All of our years of friendship will never be forgotten.
May all of your memories of Jan keep her close in your heart.
Shirley Kemp Barlow
HHS class of 1952
July 12, 2019
Jan and I were roommates at Westhampton along with Barbara Willis. We were great friends and remained so until this day. I shall miss her.
My condolences to the family.
Shirlee Garrett Maxson