Catherine Islip Atkinson

January 9, 1923May 30, 2010

Catherine Atkinson, 87, of Virginia Beach, died in her home peacefully, May 30, 2010. Born in Manchester, England, she was the daughter of the late Catherine and Alfred Islip. Mrs. Atkinson was predeceased by her one true love, husband, Richard J. Atkinson; son, David P. Atkinson; sister, Lena Lebraum ; and niece, Susan Fraser. Mrs. Atkinson is survived by her sons, Richard A. Atkinson and wife, Helen, and Christopher A. Atkinson; daughter in law, Brenda Atkinson; grandchildren, David P. Atkinson and Katie E. Atkinson; and great granddaughter, Madilyn Savannah Smith. She was a long time member of St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church and a prior member of St. Pius X Catholic Church. The family will receive friends on Thursday, June 3, 2010 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Smith & Williams Funeral Home, Kempsville Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, June 4, 2010, 3:00 p.m. at St. Gregory The Great Catholic Church. Entombment will follow at Rosewood Memorial Park. Mrs. Atkinson will be deeply missed. The family would like to thank all caregivers who assisted in the last several years with special thanks to Yvonne M. Nixon. We have been fortunate to have you in our lives. Friends may offer condolences at


  • Visitation Thursday, June 3, 2010
  • Funeral Service Friday, June 4, 2010

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Karen Stover

September 19, 2010

What a sweet lady she was! How lucky you all were to have had her as a mother and grandmother. I was sorry to hear about her passing.

Katie Atkinson

June 3, 2010

I love and will miss my Grandma very much, but I can be happy knowing that Dad, Grandma and Popsi are back together again.

Larry Jones

June 3, 2010

Richard and Chris, so sorry to hear of hear of your mother's pasing. She was such a wonderful person when we growing up. I know she will be missed dearly.

Zella Cox

June 2, 2010

Although we haven't seen each other for many years, I have thought of Kay and what fun we had when I was her neighbor.
My thoughts are with you in your time of sorrow.

Tommy Arrington

June 2, 2010

Rich, Helen, sorry to hear of your dear mothers' passing. My thoughts are with you all. Rich, I love you man.


June 2, 2010

Chris, The Entire Staff of Fleet Management holds you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Please know we are here for you and your family. Let us know if you need anything. May God wipe away all your tears and help you with each new day.

Michael & Colleen Hludzinski

June 2, 2010

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort. When we were growing up she was the most wonderful lady.