Atkins to celebrate 90th
The community is invited to share in the celebration of Ruby Atkins' 90th birthday from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, July 26, at the First Christian Church in Madras. It is requested there be no gifts.
At age 90, Mrs. Atkins demonstrates a vitality and zest for life most people would envy. Since her husband, Rev. Harry Atkins, passed away 10 years ago, she has maintained their 4 1/2-acre lot with its raspberries, strawberries, vegetables. She mows her own lawn, usually heats her home with a wood stove, and goes for one to two mile walks several times a week.
She gave up driving at age 89, but up until then was a weekly volunteer at the Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Store, provided transportation for others, visited friends in convalescent homes at least once a week, and taught Sunday School at the First Christian Church where he husband was the pastor from 1971 to 1976.
She continues to prepare food once a month for the homeless, maintains contact with many friends, and is active at the senior center. Before her husband passed away, she cared for him during his 16-year struggle with Alzheimer's Disease.
During her 80s, Ruby traveled to Japan with others from Madras to visit Madras' sister city. Trips were also made to Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii and to visit her children.
She has two children, David of Bakersfield, Calif., and Dawn of Corvallis; and a daughter-in-law, Terri of Pendleton; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Her adventuresome spirit was demonstrated early in life as she delivered newspapers and worked in a drug store to support herself while attending college in Manhattan, Kan. She received a bachelor's degree at Manhattan Bible College, and after her husband completed his theological studies in Indianapolis, Indiana, they moved with their family to Dufur in 1949. Harry was the pastor of the Christian Church there for 22 years before moving to Madras.