SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

January 11, 2014

Anita A. Atkinson-Drapeau, 85


Danvers, MA — Anita “Mickie” (Dever) Atkinson-Drapeau, 85, passed away peacefully at Putnam Farms Assisted Living facility in Danvers on January 10, following a lengthy courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease.

She was the loving wife of Edward G. Atkinson with whom she shared 50 years of marriage and Thomas C. Drapeau with whom she shared 8 years of marriage.

Born January 5, 1929, in Somerville, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Helen Dever. She grew up and was educated in Saugus, graduating from Saugus High School, class of 1946.

She and her husband, Edward, were married in 1947. They moved to Lynn where they started their family and became members of Bethany Congregational Church. In 1962, they moved their family to Danvers where she worked for 35 years at Hotwatt, Inc. After their children were grown they moved to Rowley where they both became members of the Music Masters Group. Mickie was also a member of the local chapter of Sweet Adelines. She enjoyed many hobbies, needlework and painting among them. They became members of Maple Street Congregational Church. They enjoyed traveling around the east coast in their motor home.

After Edward’s passing, she worked in the Selectman’s office for the Town of Rowley. She had many friends there and at the Rowley Council on Aging. She also became a member of Rowley Congregational Church. She met her husband, Thomas, in the Music Masters. They attended both Rowley Congregational Church and St. Ann’s of Georgetown.

Mickie’s love of music shown in everything she did and she passed that love onto her children and grandchildren whom she adored.

She is survived by her children, Stephen Atkinson and his wife, Nancy, of Nashua, NH; her daughter, Judy and her husband, Tom, of Danvers; her stepsons, Tom Drapeau, Jr. and his wife, Diane, of Georgetown, Michael Drapeau and his wife, Joyce, of Murrieta, Ca.; and her stepdaughter, Loys Martin and her partner, Ed Dawson, of Winchester. She also leaves behind 5 grandchildren, 6 step-grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and 8 step-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her two brothers, Lawrence and Herbert Dever; her twin sister, Ann; her sisters, Helena Dever and Maryann Lovell.

ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are kindly invited to visitation on Sunday in the Mackey Funeral Home, 22 Conant St., Danvers, from 3 to 6 p.m. Funeral service on Monday at 10 a.m. in Maple St. Congregational Church. Burial will follow at Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Memorial Fund of Maple St. Church or Care Dimensions (formerly Hospice) of the North Shore. See www.mackeyfuneralhome.com to leave a condolence.