Janice Johnson "Neecie" Atkinson

Our beloved Neecie passed away on October 17, 2012. She was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama June 4, 1923, the daughter of Melvin Benjamin "Bud" Johnson, Sr. and Katie Mae Samuel. She had one brother, Melvin Benjamin Johnson, Jr. She was predeceased by her husband, Dr. James Clay Atkinson and their daughter, Margaret. She is survived by her children, Dr. Walter B. Atkinson and his wife, Sonya, William C. Atkinson and his wife Patty, and Katie Atkinson Daigle and her husband Lanny. She is also survived by her grandchildren, David B. Atkinson, William C. Atkinson, Jr. and his wife Grace, Katie Atkinson VanTassell and her husband Court, Elizabeth Grace Cureington and her husband Seth, Margaret Grace Patton and her husband Scott, and Caroline Grace Borck and her husband Nathan. She enjoyed five great-grandchildren, James Atkinson, Camilla and Edward Cureington, and Henry and Michael Patton. Neecie enjoyed being active in Baton Rouge since 1957 through the LSU chapter of her sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, and activities related to the Baton Rouge Medical Society Auxiliary. She was a graduate of the University of Alabama in Education and taught school in Alabama prior to moving to Baton Rouge in 1957. She pulled for the Tigers, but loved her Crimson Tide above all. She enjoyed her weekly Bridge Club for over 50 years and is survived by her dear friends, Arralee Presley, Nancy Fontenot and Anne Williams. Neecie was a talented artist, painting pictures and portraits that her family will always cherish. She was also quite a seamstress, making many of her own garments fashioned after Jackie Kennedy in the 1960's. She also sewed most of her daughter Katie's clothes throughout Katie's years in school. Her most cherished garment was Katie's wedding gown, which she also designed. She especially enjoyed the relationships she had with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She touched the lives of all she met and always had a cheerful smile, a good joke, or a story to tell. Many of her friends and family recognized her to have been an original Southern Lady and YaYa Sister. In the last years of her life, she enjoyed the loving care of her former daughter-in-law, Patricia Rouse Atkinson. The two of them shared a special bond and were able to find comfort and joy in the presence of one another. During the past year, Neecie was also well cared for by Janice Antoine, who had also cared for her dear friend Nancy St. Amant. She also enjoyed the love and companionship of her housekeeper of over 30 years, Ophelia Mason. The family will forever be grateful for the care given Neecie by these special ladies. She will be missed, but her love, spirit and grace will be remembered and emulated by all who knew her. Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 3, 2012 in Aldrich Chapel at First United Methodist Church of Baton Rouge. Following the service, her remains will be placed with her husband's at the Church Columbarium. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to her favorite charities, , or St. Jude's Hospital. Seale Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Please sign the online guestbook at www.sealefuneral.com.

Published in TheAdvocate.com from Oct. 18 to Nov. 3, 2012