Mary Atkins passed away peacefully at her home, in Mesa, Arizona, January 16th, 2020. Family members were by her side. Mary is the daughter of Richard L. Maxwell and Stella Ethel White. She was born in Victorville, California and was 83 years old.
She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Mary served in teaching and leadership callings. As a dedicated musician she led the choir many years. She served a full time mission in 2006-2007 with her husband at the Mesa Regional Family History Center.
She earned her bachelor’s degree from the California Institute of the Arts, on a full scholarship in vocal performance. In addition to teaching voice and piano privately she taught elementary school, adult education, and worked in a family business.
She performed vocally, painted, and wrote and published the historical novel, Hard Knocks and High Hopes, pen name, Mary Maxwell Atkins, 2018.
Mary is survived by her husband, LeRoy Atkins, daughter, Daphne Herbst, and her husband, Kerry Herbst of Mesa, and her son Richard Waldron, and his wife, Kimberly, of Cedar City, Utah. She has 22 grandchildren and 36 great grandchildren. Her parents, and siblings, Harry and Raymond Maxwell, and sister Ruth Moulton pre-deceased her.