Doris Elaine Atwood, 77, a warrior in Christ, became united with her Lord and Savior after a long battle with illness on November 11, 2013. Born November 23, 1935, Elaine married the love of her life, Winfred H. Atwood, May 11, 1957. He preceded her in death in 2003.
Born and raised in Melvin, Texas, Elaine graduated from Melvin High School, later attending college in San Angelo and Austin. Winfred and Elaine owned and operated the Mason Funeral Home from 1970 to 2000. She was a long time member of the Mason Church of Christ, and Southern Hills Church of Christ in Abilene. She dearly loved all 3 of her grandchildren and centered her last years around them. Upon moving to Abilene from Mason 2000, she continued her legacy of endearing, loving and inspiring all those with whom she came in contact.
Elaine defeated many physical hardships in her teen years which carried through the rest of her life. She refused be defined by those hardships. Her legacy lies within the courage, determination, and her beautiful countenance in living her life to the fullest in spite of adversity. Whatever she set her mind to do, she did so unsparingly. She was in no way handicapped. Ever.
She was preceded in death by her father, Earl Ward; her Mother, Edith Ward; Husband, Winfred Atwood, and infant daughter Randy Laverne, and beloved nephew, Jeff Roberts.
Elaine is survived by her daughter, DeDe Kruse, and husband Mark, of Abilene, Texas; Grandson Mason Kruse of Arlington, Granddaughter Madison Kruse of San Marcos, and Morgan Kruse of Abilene. A sister, Ann and husband Earl Ray Roberts of North Richland Hills; Nieces, Kathryn and husband Vic Akers, Deborah Frier of Keller, TX, and Nephew Kenneth and wife Paulette Roberts of Magnolia, TX.
Funeral services will be held Saturday November 16, 2013, 2:00 P.M. at the Mason Funeral Home Chapel in Mason, Texas. Mark Hackett of Lamesa, Texas will conduct the service. Family and friends visitation will be Friday, November 15, 2013 from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. Interment will follow in the Gooch Cemetery, Mason, TX.
Serving as pallbearers will be Kevin Burns of Bronte, Kyle Burns of Kerrville, Kerry Burns of Abilene; Kade Burns, Merle Cope, and Gene Gammill of Mason. Honorary pallbearers are Vic Akers of North Richland Hills, and Kenneth Roberts of Magnolia, TX.