CAMERON— Services for Audrey Pauline “Polly” Atkinson will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at Little River Baptist Church with Rev. Betty Wenzel officiating. Interment will be at Little River Baptist Cemetery in Jones Prairie, near Cameron.

A luncheon will follow.

The funeral will be held with military honor guards and a motorcycle escort by the Patriot Riders.

A memorial service will be held in San Antonio at a later date.

Ms. Atkinson died Oct. 19 in Lewisville.

She was born Sept. 10, 1923, in Jones Prairie.

Ms. Atkinson attended school in Jones Prairie and high school in Calvert. She attended the college of nursing at St. Mary’s University in Galveston.

After becoming a registered surgical nurse, she joined the U.S. Army Nurses Corp.

Her career took her to several bases in the states and around the world. She had tours of duty in Korea, Germany, Japan and Thailand. She was also stationed at Fort Eustis, Virginia, West Point in New York and Fitzsimons Army Hospital in Denver, Colorado.

Ms. Atkinson received the World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupat ion Medal (Germany and Japan), National Defense Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal W/60 Device.

Ms. Atkinson served in the U.S. Army for over 28 years and retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel.

After retirement, she worked for North East Baptist Hospital in San Antonio.

Ms. Atkinson was physically active and enjoyed her aerobics club and bowling team.

She loved her family, friends and pets.

Survivors are a sister-in-law, Naomi Atkinson of Roswell, New Mexico; three nieces, Barbara Ruggiero and husband Michael of Lewisville, Mary Ann Tullo and husband Jimmy of Staten Island, New York, Louise Hamilton and husband Harold “Ham” of Bellevue Nebraska; and four nephews, Anthony DiGirolamo of Bordentown, New Jersey, John DiGirolamo and wife Lorrie of Cameron, Glendale Atkinson and wife Patty of Reno, Nevada, John Atkinson of California; also, many great- and great-great-nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Little River Baptist Church, FM 979, Cameron, TX 76520.

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