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July 30, 1942 – Sunday, January 13, 2019

Service Information
St. Mary’s Catholic Church–Waverly, MN
Friday, January 18, 2019
10:30 AM

Visitation Information
St. Mary’s Catholic Church–Waverly, MN
Thursday, January 17, 2019
4-7 PM; 9:30 AM

Marilyn Joyce Atkinson, age 76 of Waverly, passed away January 13, 2019. She was born July 30, 1942 in Alhambra, California, the daughter of Elting and Mary (Casey) Headley. She graduated from Upsala High School in 1960. She worked as a telephone operator for several years and briefly attended St. Cloud State University.

Marilyn met Ervin “Erv” Atkinson at the Upsala Feed Mill, and the two were eventually united in marriage on June 26, 1962 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Upsala, MN. They were blessed with five children: Timothy (1963), Steven (1964), Patricia (1965-1966), Suzanne (1969), and Michelle (1970). The family lived in Columbia Heights for five years before moving out to a farm in Waverly in 1969. Together they farmed until 2000 and then had an auction sale and retired from farming. While maintaining a household and farm, Marilyn found the time to be active with the Girl Scouts, church activities, and other social events.

Marilyn and Erv traveled in the winter to all the southern states for thirteen years until settling for the winter in Palm Harbor, FL. They met many wonderful people on their travels, and enjoyed playing shuffleboard and bingo. In 2008, Erv was diagnosed with a brain tumor and passed away in 2010.

She attended Single’s Club through St. Mary’s Church in Waverly, and met Jim Matter. The two were joined in marriage on October 10, 2015 and spent 3 wonderful years together. They enjoyed going on cruises, gardening, and spending time with friends. Jim and Marilyn were avid fishermen, and would often compete with each other on who could either catch the most fish or the biggest!

She is survived by her loving husband, Jim and his children, Tim, Lisa, David, and Amy; her children, Tim (Vicki), Steve (Joanne), Suzanne (Michael) Ericson, and Michelle (Bradley) Larson; 12 grandchildren, Jami, Jason (Jordan), Erica (Tony), Courtney (Alex), Alex, Jeremiah (Jessica), Rachel, Paige, Brianna, Westin, Jessika, and Valerie; great-grandchildren, Saydee, Sicily, Stella, Kash, Charlie, and Marley; siblings, Vonnie (Joe), Cheryl (Ted), Jerry (Linda), Joe (Candy), Donna (Ken), Kevin (Nancy), and Debbie (Dave); and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Marilyn is preceded in death by first husband, Ervin; daughter, Patricia; parents; and other relatives.

Visitation will be held Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM with prayer service at 7:00 PM and at 9:30 AM on Friday, January 18, 2019 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 606 Elm Ave, Waverly, MN. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, January 18, 2019 at 10:30 AM at the church. Interment and luncheon to follow.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Chilson Funeral Home of Winsted. Online condolences for the family may be directed to

7 Guestbook Entries

  1. Ed Pollock

    Sorry to hear Jim. Our condolences to you and family.

  2. Renee & Brad Elden

    Know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Wishing you hope in the midst of sorrow, comfort in the midst of pain. Hugs.

  3. Erica Ciatti

    Our Grandmother was an AMAZING woman as you all know. She was very active and always willing to help. She was friends with everyone and loved her family, friends and community more then anything. She will be greatly missed everyday but part of her will always live on in our hearts. Thank you to everyone who had the chance to meet and support this beautiful woman I had the honor of having as my grandmother. Our family has grown tremendously in the past five months with all of her friends hanging by her side until her last breathe. We love you. Rest In Peace Gram.

  4. Linda Lubitz

    My sympathies to the family. Marilyn was such a kind, loving, woman. So glad I had the opportunity to spend time with her last summer, such wonderful memories of the visit. May precious memories bring comfort to all at this time. Linda (Headley)Lubitz

  5. Aubrey and Joanne Headley

    We offer you our deepest sympathy at the loss of Marilyn.

  6. Maureen Gockman

    Jim I am Marilyns cousin Maureen from Chicago. We met you at my mom’s service in April 2016. We are so sorry for your loss. Wish you had more time to spend to together with her. Our prayers are with you now. Ed, Maureen and Eddie

  7. Maureen Gockman

    Jim we are so sorry for the loss of your wife Marilyn.She was my cousin and I loved her very much. We met you at my mom’s service in Upsala in 2016. Sorry you didn’t have more time together. God bless you. Maureen Ed and Eddie Gockman


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