Funeral services for Betty Louise Baldock Atkinson, 61, of Brownwood, will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008, in the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplin Stephen Baker officiating. Burial will follow in Bangs Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, 2008, at Heartland Funeral Home.

Mrs. Atkinson passed away Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, in her home at Lake Brownwood.

Betty Atkinson was born July 26, 1947, in Coleman, Texas, the daughter of Earl Field and Billie Louise Day Baldock. Betty went to school in Big Spring, Texas.

Betty was married to Curtis Dean Atkinson on Feb. 12, 1965, in Big Spring, Texas. Curtis and Betty moved to the Brownwood area in 1991. Betty was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bangs.

Betty loved gardening, crafts and loved walking on the beach and collecting shells. Betty was the oldest child of eight children and took care of her younger siblings. Betty was a caregiver to everyone. She worked in a nursing home and loved taking care of the elderly. She was a very strong woman. She loved her family and her grandchildren, but most important she loved her late husband Curtis. Now she is reunited with her loving husband and her best friend.

Betty will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

Survivors include her daughters, Tina Louise Carraway and husband Ira of Joshua, Texas, and Cheryl Lee Atkinson and Adam Rainbolt of Evant, Texas; her sons, Alton Earl Atkinson and wife Marty of Beaumont, Texas, and Gary Lewis Atkinson of Brownwood, Texas; her sisters, Shirlie Johnson of Brownwood, Texas, Diane Turner and husband Ernie of Coleman, Texas, Kathy Johnson of Abilene, Texas, and Michelle Kemp and husband Sam of Santa Anna, Texas; a brother, Louis Baldock and wife Cindy of Paris, Texas; 12 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis Dean Atkinson; and her parents.

Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest book at www.heart