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Margaret N. Atchison


Margaret N. Atchison, 87, of Macomb, died at 9:40 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, at Bickford Cottage.
She was born Oct. 3, 1921, on a farm outside Tennessee to George and Nellie (Moran) Webb. She married Baxter D. Zimmerman on Oct. 5, 1938. He preceded her in death July 1, 1971.  She later married Clifford Atchison on Oct. 11, 1974. He also preceded her in death July 26, 1985.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; three brothers Elsworth, Albert and Joe; and two sisters, Evelyn Hatch and Pauline Leighty.
She is survived by two daughters, Beverly J. Sternbergh, Bushnell, and Debbie S. (Terry) Olson, Castle Rock, Co.; two sons, Michael J. (Diane) Zimmerman, Papillion, Neb., and Jack D. (Amy) Zimmerman, Good Hope; four grandchildren, Cathy Zimmerman, Cliff Zimmerman, Jake (Sarah) Olson and Joe Olson; one brother, James Webb, Atlanta, Ill.; and one sister, Donna Dorethy, Lakeview, Ark.
She lived in Colchester, Macomb and Good Hope for many years. After selling her home, she lived mostly on the road, but wintered in Fun ‘n’ Sun Trailer Park in San Bernito, Texas, from 1986 through 1998. She then lived for ten years at Jefferson House, Macomb.
During World War II, she worked at Iowa Ammunition Plant in Middletown, Iowa, and she was an office worker at the Globe in Macomb for a few years. For twenty-five years she was a school bus driver for Northwestern School District, retiring in 1984.  Until his death she and Cliff worked several summers in various Army Corp of Engineering campgrounds. Margaret was independent, loyal and giving. She maintained her sense of humor until the end yet possessed a quiet dignity. She loved her family and especially enjoyed family reunion camp outs. She loved to travel across the country, over the back roads of America, and often did so by herself, driving her pickup and pulling her fifth-wheel travel trailer. She enjoyed exploring the country and nature, whether by vehicle or on foot. She was a former member of Loners on Wheels Campers Club, the Tri-County Saddle Club, Fun Timers Square Dance Group of the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, and current member of the Walnut Grove Fourth Saturday Card Club and Good Hope United Methodist Church. She attended the Walnut Grove United Methodist Church the last 10 years.
She was a cancer survivor.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 14, 2009, at Walnut Grove Methodist Church with Pastor Diane Duncan officiating.
Cremation rites will be accorded.
Following the memorial service, family will greet friends in the basement of the church for a lunch and time of remembrance.
Memorials may be made to the Walnut Grove Methodist Church, American Heart Association and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Martin-Hollis Funeral Home, Bushnell, is in charge of arrangements.

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