Ada Ellen Atkinson, age 95, died peacefully in her sleep at her residence at Moss's Golden Years Care Home on March 22, 2001.

Ada was born on Aug. 6, 1905, in Calhoun County, W.Va., to James and Bertha Holbert. She married the Rev. Richard A. Atkinson in Parkersburg on Sept. 28, 1931. He preceded her in death. Daughter, Nancy "Lucy" Taylor of Houston, Texas, and sons, Stephen E. Atkinson and Richard A. Atkinson II of South Charleston, survive her. A brother, Charles Holbert of Sandyville, W.Va., also survives her. Brother Levi, and sisters, Zona, Sarah and Peggy preceded her in death. Thirteen grandchildren and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren also survive her.

She shared in her husband's ministry in the West Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church during his appointments to charges in Mill Creek, Enterprise, Sissonville, South Charleston, Madison, Williamson, Vienna, New Martinsville, Huntington, St. Mary's and Parkersburg.

Ada was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother to her family, a loyal and faithful friend to the many she encountered in this life, and a faithful worker in her church. During the latter years of her life, she shared a home with her son, Richard Atkinson II, and was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, South Charleston.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 24, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston. Ada's life will be celebrated during a Christian Funeral Service at 1:30 p.m. at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 4606 Kanawha Turnpike, South Charleston, with Dr. John E. Allen officiating. Graveside service will be held at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Parkersburg at 4 p.m. Sunday.

The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to St. Paul United Methodist Growth Fund. Snodgrass Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.