Obituary: Betty ‘Belia’ Atkinson

Betty “Belia” Atkinson, 77, died Friday, June 29, 2018, at her home.

She was born on March 2, 1941, in Newton, the daughter of Nicolas and Guadalupe Dominguez Garcia. Betty was a lifelong resident of Newton, graduating from Newton High School. After the death of her mother in 1997, Betty carried on the tradition of family events, dinners and celebrating holidays.

Betty married Richard D. Atkinson Sr., on April 15, 1961, in Newton. She had been an aide in the Obstetrics Unit at Bethel Deaconess Hospital. Later she became a seamstress at J & G Enterprises, which was a division of PepsiCo, and for 15 years, she made the bags Pizza Hut used for making home deliveries. Betty then went to work part time at ResCare for 15 years, and she dearly loved her clients there.

She was a lifelong member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church where she was a member of the Altar Society and had been heavily involved with 13 fundraising projects for community members in need.

Survivors include her husband Richard; son Ronald Atkinson and his companion Kimberly Curiel; two sisters Mary Garcia and Carole Martinez, all of Newton; and sister-in-law Sandra Roberts of Tarentum, Pa. Betty is also survived by her adopted grandchildren, Consuelo Alarcon, Segio Cervantes, Micaela Li, Brandon Wentz and Melisa Jackson, as well as her longtime friend Gabi Gomez.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; son Richard D. Atkinson Jr.; and three brothers Julian Garcia, Marcelo Garcia and Santiago “Jimmy” Garcia.

The Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 5, with the Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Friday, July 6, both at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Interment will be in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Newton.

A memorial has been established with the Our Lady of Guadalupe Altar Society’s Kitchen Remodel, and contributions may be sent to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, KS 67114.

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Arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton.