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Gilda Louise Atkinson
Gilda Louise Atkinson, passed away at the age of 61 on Saturday, May 12, 2018. She was the third of ten children of George Jr. and Marjorie Henderson.
On October 26, 1956, she was born in Belize City, Belize Central America. In 1980, Gilda graduated from Christ for the Nations where she earned an Associate Degree of Practical Theology. She was married to Ronald J. Atkinson, Jr. for 36 years and had six gifted children: Amanda, Reuel, Kirsten, Joanna, Joel, and Elena.
Although family and orphans were her passion, Gilda devoted her life to serving the Lord. She accomplished this by raising a family and serving others behind the scenes. Gilda was an inspiration to others and loved by them all. After coming to faith through a Billy Graham radio program she chose the vocation of a missionary.
She homeschooled her six children to be best prepared to serve where God would lead. Gilda, Ron, and the children served as short-term missionaries in sixteen countries including U.S. urban communities and a rural camp in North Carolina.
Gilda was a wife, mother, grandmother (Abuela), sister, daughter, and dear a friend. She was a servant leader and demonstrated such while serving as co-founder of Children’s Church of New Light Full Gospel Baptist Church, leading the VBS and community outreach at New Life Virginia Beach, Bible Teacher, Nursery Director and was involved in various Messianic Communities. Gilda was Building Superintendent at New Life Virginia Beach for 7 years and was a Chiropractor technician for 3 years. She was a true Proverbs 31 woman, always found making best use of time through seeking Father’s heart while using her numerous gifts: sewing, organizing, bookkeeping, and proofreading.
Preceding Gilda in death are her father George Henderson and brother, Paul Henderson.
She is survived by her husband Ronald J. Atkinson, Jr., children: Amanda Queen, Reuel Atkinson, Kirsten Atkinson, Joanna Atkinson, Joel Atkinson, Elena Atkinson – son-in-Law, Jeremiah Queen and daughter-in-law Erin Atkinson, Grandchildren: Navah and Raeya Atkinson. Her mother, Marjorie Henderson, and siblings: Rita Ysaguirre, Michael Henderson, Judith Clare, Selma Andrews, Sheila Henderson-Linan, George Henderson, Irvin Henderson, and Alvin Henderson. She leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
Ron, and the Atkinson Children,
This comes with love, and fond memories of precious Gilda, in New Orleans.She served the Lord with gladness, and was so devoted to her family.It has been many years since we saw her,but never forgot her.Please know that our prayers for God's comfort are with you at this time.For theKing, Bob and Jeanine Kuhn
Bob and Jeanine Kuhn Jul 10 2018 12:00 AM
Sincere condolences to the Atkinson Family, and to my high school friend, sister of the deceased, Rita Ysaguirre. during this season of bereavement! May the wonderful memories of a daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother, friend, comfort you at this time and in the days, weeks, months and years to come. To be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord! She is not lost; she went to her eternal home! Rest in Heaven, Sister Gilda! From Shereda [Barrow] Jones, Columbus, GA.
Shereda [Barrow] Jones May 20 2018 12:00 AM
I prayed for Gilda's family today and asked God to send special blessing to them. Gilda, may you find the Peace of God that surpasses all human understanding.To your sister Rita, I truly feel your pain and ask God to watch over you and give you travelling Grace. May you find comfort in knowing how much you are Loved and cared for.
From an old school mate,
Barbara Moore (Simmons)
Barbara E. Moore May 18 2018 12:00 AM
A Dignity in White Pedestal Arrangement was sent on May 17, 2018
To The Atkinson Family, You are in our hearts and we stand with you in honoring Gilda during here home-going. May the Lord bless each of you with comfort beyond measure during this time. From LPI and The KLA Family
Expression of Sympathy May 17 2018 12:00 AM
A Sweet and Warm Remembrance Table Arrangement was sent on May 14, 2018
Our deepest sympathy; from Crossroads Assembly of God
Expression of Sympathy May 14 2018 12:00 AM