Mills & Mills Funeral Home & Memorial Park

5725 Littlerock Road SW, Tumwater, WA


Mary Magdalene Atkins

August 20, 1926June 27, 2020

Mary Magdalene Atkins (Wendler) was born August 20, 1926 in Chewelah, and passed away peacefully June 27th in her home in Rainier, with her devoted daughter at her side.

Mary was a lifetime resident of Rainier, residing in the same home for 54 years. She was employed by the Rainier School District as a cook, retiring in 1991.

Mary was a graduate of Rainier High School. She served her country in the fashion of Rosie the Riveter, supporting the war effort at Todd Shipyard.

She enjoyed her friends and family, cooking, gardening, sewing, walking, reading, antiques and collectibles.

She is preceded in death by her siblings Edward Wendler, Bea Kern, George Wendler, Alfred Wendler, Pete Wendler, Nellie Wilkowski, Helen Wheeler, and daughters Norma Belcher and Patricia Arlint. She is survived by her brother Jack Wendler (Dottie) of Rainier,her son Jack Atkins of Rainier, daughter Virginia Cummings of Bucoda, daughter Donna Strand of Rainier, her 10 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Mary Magdalene Atkins

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Donna Strand

July 10, 2020

Donna Strand

July 10, 2020

Dear Mom,
I miss everything about you. We had so much fun, you were such a strong woman, and easy to love with all my heart. I miss our 12 daily hugs. I miss puzzling, newspaper, reading and gardening on your deck.
I will love you and miss you forever..it hurts so bad, but you deserve to be at peaceful rest.
Hugs, and yes, I mean 12.

loretta wharton, mccarty

July 3, 2020

fond memories, always saying hello on your walks to everyone, awesome kitchen worker. loved talking with you and your stories of old. rest in peace mary

Charlene Thrall

July 2, 2020


Sibyl (Schlottmann) Wendler

July 1, 2020

School mate and friend from September 1935 and finally, sisters. Wonderful lady, great friend and MANY special memories. Love and prayers to all the family.

Jean (Wendler) Backman

July 1, 2020

Aunt Mary was much loved, and is forever in our memories. She was always kind to us when we were growing up. I still hear her voice when I think of her. As we all grew older, she was always proud that she could tell my sister (Vianna) and I apart even if she hadn't seen us for several years. Her "Rosie the Riveter" years during World War 2 still amaze me. A wonderful lady, she'll be missed.

christina Harmon

July 1, 2020

She was such a neat lady, feisty and full of spit fire. I remember when we came up there how fun she was and how I just wanted to take her home with me. She loved to of my favorite things, Seattle Seahwks and gambling. Prayers and hugs to all of you. You all have another angel in heaven watching over you with her children. RIP sweet lady, you will be dearly missed.

Judy Holloway

July 1, 2020

Donna and Family...Sending big hugs and support for the family of a woman who lived an amazing life. It's been entertaining the past few years following the many phases and adventures of"mom" ! Loved the puzzles, yummy food, sitting on the porch. What a lucky lady.

Ashley Nary (Wheeler)

June 30, 2020

I remember Mary from the day I was babysat by her sister Nellie!!! Even a few years ago when I saw her she still remembered me. Always called me Jamie first :) I remember her always going for walks and talking with the people she knew. She will truly be missed!!! RIP Mary you were an amazing person!!!

Jeannie Murphy

June 30, 2020

Watching the adventures of you both over the years has been fun. Casino time and I don't think anyone can work a puzzle like her. It's been a joy to share your mom over these last few years. She is resting easy and satisfied with a life fully lived. Sending my best wishes to your family.