The Woodward News

January 14, 2013

Elinor Atchison

Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — Elinor Atchison 77 year old Mooreland resident died Wednesday January 9, 2013 in Mooreland.  Memorial services will be held at 2:00 pm Monday, January 14, 2013 in the Mooreland First United Methodist Church with Reverend Marvin Hudson officiating.  A private family interment will take place at a later date with the Billings Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Pauline Elinor (Tompkins) Atchison was born on December 19, 1935 to Edward Madison and Elinor Pauline (Barnes) Tompkins.  Elinor was raised in the Oklahoma City area where she attended school and graduated from Capital Hill High School.  Elinor  received her Masters in Law Enforcement from Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva.  Elinor was blessed with three children Tony, Rick and Donna.  She worked as a dispatcher for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, and as a secretary for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.  She went to work for General Motors as a Security Guard retiring in 1997 with 14 years  of service.


In 1998, Elinor moved to Mooreland to be close to her family.  She spent her time watching her grandchildren’s activities, volunteering at the Woodward Regional Hospital, spending time at the Mooreland Senior Citizens Center, and camping with her Tumbleweeds camping group  and family.


She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Mooreland.


Elinor is survived by her children, Donna Abbott and husband Alan of Mooreland; Tony Pickens of Mooreland; Rick Sepeda and wife Tammy Pickens of Bethany; grandchildren, Rechelle Pickens, Mitchell Sepeda, David Smalley, Shellie Pickens, Austin, Newly, and Shelby Abbott, four great-grandchildren, Cody, and Abby Smalley; Zachary and Nicholas Pickens; sister, Beverly Williams of Oklahoma City;  brothers, Eddie Tompkins and wife Arda; Mike Tompkins and wife Karen all of Oklahoma City; daughter -in-law, Cheryl Pickens of Allen, Texas;  several other family members and friends.


She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Donna Kay Tompkins,  grandson Michael Austin Pickens, and brother-in-law Dick Williams.


Memorial contributions may be made to the Woodward Regional Hospital Auxiliary with the funeral home accepting the contributions.


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