Claire Atkins

Claire Ullman Atkins, of Felicity, died Aug. 8 following a brief illness.

Atkins attended the Lotspiech School and Walnut Hills High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Xavier University and did graduate study at Ball State University.

She supported charitable organizations and was devoted to the care, feeding and nurturing of children and animals including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Heifer International, Best Friends animal shelter in Kanab, Utah, and more.

She and her husband lived in Felicity for more than 30 years during which she owned and operated Felicity Lumber Company, taught at Felicity High School and raised dogs at the farm kennels many of which became champions and later pets.

Atkins is survived by her husband Charles, children Mark (Barbara) Richman and Debra (Chris) Petersburg of a previous marriage, five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, step-children Beth Atkins Vieira and Chad Atkins, her cousin Roger (Helen) Michelson, other family members and her friends in Florida and California and her friend Emma Barrett.

Atkin’s memorial service is planned for early October in Felicity with notice to family and friends.

In lieu of flowers a remembrance may be dedicated to one of the above charities.