Emma Atkins died Wednesday (Feb. 12, 2003) at McCook Community Hospital. She was 84 years old.
Emma was born on Jan. 16, 1919, at Filley, Neb., to William W. and Hinderika (Menninga) Johnson. She attended Hanover Lutheran School.
On March 26, 1940, she married Albert Parde at Filley. To this union four children were born. He preceded her in death on Aug. 13, 1959. She later married Bruce Atkins on June 19, 1967, at Juarez, Mexico.
She has lived in the McCook community for the past 47 years. She was a seamstress for DeGroff's Department Store and Modern Cleaners as well as out of her home. She was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church and sang with the church choir. She enjoyed embroidery work, spending time in her flower garden and being with her family.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her first husband, Albert Parde; son, Virgil Parde and two sisters, Marie Waltke and Lena Walke.
Survivors include her husband, Bruce Atkins of McCook; two sons, Eldon Parde and wife, Sharon of McCook and Lelond Parde and wife, Darlene of Mira Loma, Calif.; daughter, Marleen and husband, Ben Garcia of McCook; daughter-in-law, Sally and husband, Paul Johnson of Grand Island; brother, William Johnson of Pickrell; six sisters, Ricka Buss, Elsie Janssen and Tina Parde all of Beatrice, Matta Otto of Pickrell, Louis Parde and Clara and husband, Henry Buss, all of Adams; 13 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in her name.
Services will be at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, McCook, on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003, at 2:30 p.m., with Pastor John Strecker-Baseler officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday until 8 p.m.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.