Ellen Marcella Atha, March 5, 1927~March 7, 2017

Atha, Ellen copyEllen Marcella Atha of Elkins, was born March 5, 1927 and went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. She was born in Kansas to Ted and Linnia O’Neal.

She moved to the Hazel Valley area at the age of 3, then to the Elkins area as a teenager. Ellen attended Elkins High School. She married Forest “Jeep” Atha on August 29, 1945 and was married for 46 years. They had three children.

Ellen was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved her family deeply! Her first job was a waitress at Collier’s Drug Store on the square in Fayetteville. She later worked at the Elkins Post Office and retired after 32 years of service. She also helped Jeep run the DX Station in Elkins. Ellen was a founding member of the Elkins Fire Bells and a 4-H Leader. She was a member and officer of the Home Demonstration Club and was so proud to serve in that role. Ellen attended and helped with all community activities and school functions, following her children through their activities in sports and academic programs. She was a faithful member of the Elkins Community Church and served on various committees as needed. She taught Sunday School and Bible School for many years.

Ellen was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Forest “Jeep” Atha; one sister, Helen Lewis; and one brother, Kenneth Dareing.

She is survived by one son, Tommy Atha and wife, Karen of Elkins; daughter, Kaye Weathers and husband, Kenny of Fayetteville; daughter, Debbie Snell of Alameda, CA; 7 grandchildren, Sharon Pyle, Mandy Reed, Kasey Weathers, Kory Weathers, Calandra Snell-Gibson, Dillon Snell and Kyle Snell; 10 great-grandchildren, Matthew Pyle, Whitley Frederick, LaCole Frederick, Ty Frederick, Sydney Weathers, Konnor Weathers, Reagan Weathers, Andrew Weathers, Presley Gibson and Emery Gibson; one brother, Jack Dareing and wife, Donna of Elkins; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 P.M. on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Beard’s Chapel.

Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Friday, March 10, 2017 at Beard’s Chapel. Interment will follow in Nickell Cemetery near Hazel Valley under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Elkins Fire Department.

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    Janice Johnson » 07. Mar, 2017

    Kaye I am sorry of you and your family’s loss. I know words don’t really help at a time like this but just want you to know I will am thinking of you. Please just know if you need anything I will be glad to do whatever is needed.

    Betty Goolsby McCawley » 08. Mar, 2017

    So sorry about Ellen. I know there isn’t enough words to ease the hurt of losing someone you love. Lifting up up my thoughts and prayers for families during this time of loss.

    Sherry,Tommy,Madge » 08. Mar, 2017

    Words can’t express the felling you are having,but she was such a great lady and in such a better place. God Bless you all from us to all of you. Hugs

    Name » 08. Mar, 2017

    She was such a sweet lady we will sure miss her with love Ann stokenbury

    Janice McClain Durham » 08. Mar, 2017

    My deepest sympathy to this entire family. Granny-Great, as it was my privilege to call her, was a remarkable Christian woman. She so graciously welcomed me as part of her extended family when Brent and Calandra married. I will always remember her kindness and generosity when I was able to visit, stay in her home, share a meal, or visit the Senior Citizen Center with her. She shared so many interesting stories from her life experiences and enriched my life greatly. Certainly your family and the community has loss a very special person. I hope that knowing her life touched so many people in a positive manner. Sending prayers of comfort to all of you.

    Robin Primm » 08. Mar, 2017

    Kaye, I am so very sorry for the loss of your sweet mother. I remember you many times telling me what a remarkable and selfless woman she was. I am here for you anytime. I will pray that you will feel the comfort of the Lord now and always. I love you.

    Name » 09. Mar, 2017

    Jack and I are so sorry for your loss. She was such a lovely person and will certainly be missed by the whole community. It seems so strange to attend some function and not see her smiling face. I remember spending Christmas dinner with your wonderful family. Kid like, we were running through the kitchen and she was taking the biggest turkey I had ever seen out of the oven and had spent most of the night cooking it. She always made you feel welcome. Tom, you and Karen were so blessed to have had two wonderful sets of parents and we loved both of them dearly. Sending our love and prayers your way.

    The Dallas Wynn family » 10. Mar, 2017

    Sorry to hear about your mom and grandma. Your mom and dad and grandma and grandpa were very special people. Praying for your families.

    Patricia Arnold » 10. Mar, 2017

    My sincere condolences to the family. My parents, Joe and Dean Fraley, loved to visit with Mrs. Atha. My dad loved to tease her. I know she is a great loss to her family and the Elkins community.

    Temeka » 10. Mar, 2017

    I have worked in long-term care for over 20 years, and in that time losing seniors has never gotten easier. We are faced with that loss daily; but sometimes the seniors become much more than someone else’s family members, they become ours. Mrs. Atha was that. She arrived here at North Hills like a ray of sunshine after a long, stormy night…full of optimism, wisdom and life. We fell in love with both her and you guys. Watching the love that each of you had for your mother was beautiful and was a gift to each of us. Kay, we love you and Tommy so much…we thank you both for sharing your sweet mother with us. I am grateful for the time we were allowed to have her a part of our lives. I pray God’s peace for your life! Temeka