Linda 'Lucky' Johnson Atkinson, 71, of Pueblo, Colo., passed away Oct. 11, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer. Survived by her husband, Tracy Atkinson; daughters, Christiana (Stuart) Reid, Juliana (Yuri) Rothbaum, Mitziana (Christopher) Berger; grandchildren, Caroline and Andrew Reid, Charles and James Rothbaum, and Dorothy and Robert Berger. Born July 26, 1943, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Al and Dorothy (nee Roemer) Johnson, she moved to Pueblo in 1951. She graduated from Centennial High School and University of Colorado, where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. She later earned her Master's Degree in education. Linda married Tracy Chatham Atkinson on December 25, 1967. Linda taught for over 25 years, at Haaff Elementary and Goodnight Elementary before retiring. She was a member of PEO Chapter GO. She loved being surrounded by her family and lifelong friends. Memorial service, 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at First United Methodist Church, 11th & Court Streets. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lucky Atkinson Education Fund through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Mrs A was easily Kristie @ my favorite person, teacher, role model, friend. I often tell the story of the day Mike & I arrived for a conference and she was crying. Cloud, the classroom guinea pig had died. I delivered another on my lunch break, who happened to be pregnant. Baby born soon after. I took baby to pet store for sex determination and was told it was a girl so Mrs A raised them together. They had twins by the end of the school year. Everyone in the class that wanted a pet got one. She and I laughed about it everytime we saw each other. Sweetest soul in The World. My prayers to her family

  2. Mrs A was easily Kristie @ my favorite person, teacher, role model, friend. I often tell the story of the day Mike & I arrived for a conference and she was crying. Cloud, the classroom guinea pig had died. I delivered another on my lunch break, who happened to be pregnant. Baby born soon after. I took baby to pet store for sex determination and was told it was a girl so Mrs A raised them together. They had twins by the end of the school year. Everyone in the class that wanted a pet got one. She and I laughed about it everytime we saw each other. Sweetest soul in The World. My prayers to her family

  3. Dear Atkinson family,
    I am so sorry for your loss, and ours.
    Linda and I go back a long way – to Iowa. She was the beautiful baby sister I never had. She, her parents, Gramma Em and her family spent many happy times with me and my family. She grew up to be the same beautiful, sweet person I’d always known.
    Our memories are the legacy that will live on forever in our hearts.
    God bless and keep you all.
    With Love, Sue (Fitzsimmons) Lessin

  4. Dear Atkinson family,
    I am so sorry for your loss, and ours.
    Linda and I go back a long way – to Iowa. She was the beautiful baby sister I never had. She, her parents, Gramma Em and her family spent many happy times with me and my family. She grew up to be the same beautiful, sweet person I’d always known.
    Our memories are the legacy that will live on forever in our hearts.
    God bless and keep you all.
    With Love, Sue (Fitzsimmons) Lessin

  5. Atkinson Family,
    My name is Mattea Brice, and I had Mrs. A as a first grade school teacher at Haaff Elementary in 2001. I am now a sophomore in college at CSU Fort Collins studying Human Development and Family Studies, and I can honestly say its because of the beautiful impact Mrs. A had on me. Out of all the professors and teachers I have ever had, she was my favorite, and I am so unbelievable blessed that God gave her to me as not only a teacher, but a role model and friend. I hope to one day love and teach children the way she did. She had such a beautiful and welcoming smile, one that no other mentor could replace. There is no doubt in my mind she is teaching little angels up in heaven. I never got the chance to truly thank her for the amazing effect she had on my life, but I will live my life in a way that would make her smile and proud. My condolences and prayers go out to all of you during this difficult time. Mrs. A was an incredible woman, and I am really going to miss her.
    All my love,
    Mattea Brice

  6. Atkinson Family,
    My name is Mattea Brice, and I had Mrs. A as a first grade school teacher at Haaff Elementary in 2001. I am now a sophomore in college at CSU Fort Collins studying Human Development and Family Studies, and I can honestly say its because of the beautiful impact Mrs. A had on me. Out of all the professors and teachers I have ever had, she was my favorite, and I am so unbelievable blessed that God gave her to me as not only a teacher, but a role model and friend. I hope to one day love and teach children the way she did. She had such a beautiful and welcoming smile, one that no other mentor could replace. There is no doubt in my mind she is teaching little angels up in heaven. I never got the chance to truly thank her for the amazing effect she had on my life, but I will live my life in a way that would make her smile and proud. My condolences and prayers go out to all of you during this difficult time. Mrs. A was an incredible woman, and I am really going to miss her.
    All my love,
    Mattea Brice

  7. Atkinson Family,
    Even though our meetings were infrequent it was such a joy to be met by Lucky with her cheerful smile and loving hugs. She was such a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She will be missed by everyone who ever had the pleasure of meeting her. I am so sorry for your loss. Please know I am keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers at this very sad time for your family. With sincere sympathy, Helen Murley Pueblo

  8. Atkinson Family,
    Even though our meetings were infrequent it was such a joy to be met by Lucky with her cheerful smile and loving hugs. She was such a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She will be missed by everyone who ever had the pleasure of meeting her. I am so sorry for your loss. Please know I am keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers at this very sad time for your family. With sincere sympathy, Helen Murley Pueblo

  9. Dear Mitzi and Family:
    I am so sorry to read about the loss of you mother. I knew her from college days, as a friend, as a teacher and as the mother of one of my dear little third grade students, you! You were very blessed to have her as a mother ! I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and continue to pray for you through this very difficult time.
    Love and prayers,
    Joan Porco-Bartolo

  10. Dear Mitzi and Family:
    I am so sorry to read about the loss of you mother. I knew her from college days, as a friend, as a teacher and as the mother of one of my dear little third grade students, you! You were very blessed to have her as a mother ! I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and continue to pray for you through this very difficult time.
    Love and prayers,
    Joan Porco-Bartolo

  11. Tracy and Family,

    There are no words that best express our deepest, sincere sympathies and condolences for the loss of Linda “Lucky” as a wife, mother, friend and teacher.
    It was the way she treated children, especially my own Armando and Briana, with kindness and care that I will always treasure and remember. Linda was a loving person and it showed with every interaction. She will be missed but her legacy will live forever with those of us who were blessed to know her as a friend.

    Godspeed!

  12. Tracy and Family,

    There are no words that best express our deepest, sincere sympathies and condolences for the loss of Linda “Lucky” as a wife, mother, friend and teacher.
    It was the way she treated children, especially my own Armando and Briana, with kindness and care that I will always treasure and remember. Linda was a loving person and it showed with every interaction. She will be missed but her legacy will live forever with those of us who were blessed to know her as a friend.

    Godspeed!

  13. Dearest Atkinson family, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom (grandma) was such a bright light in so many of our lives. I hope the fond memories and kind words that we are writing here will be of some comfort to you in your sorrow. Much love to you all.

  14. Dearest Atkinson family, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom (grandma) was such a bright light in so many of our lives. I hope the fond memories and kind words that we are writing here will be of some comfort to you in your sorrow. Much love to you all.

  15. I am so sorry to read of her passing. She was a wonderful and loving 1st grade teacher to two of my children. Her quiet and loving ways were so appreciated by me and she was truly loved by my kids. I used to tell my kids they’d never have a teacher like her again. I used to call her classroom “Lucky’s World” when I’d help out. It was like the whole class responded to her calm in a way I had never seen. It was wonderful to watch. I am so sorry for your loss, our prayers are with all of you.

  16. I am so sorry to read of her passing. She was a wonderful and loving 1st grade teacher to two of my children. Her quiet and loving ways were so appreciated by me and she was truly loved by my kids. I used to tell my kids they’d never have a teacher like her again. I used to call her classroom “Lucky’s World” when I’d help out. It was like the whole class responded to her calm in a way I had never seen. It was wonderful to watch. I am so sorry for your loss, our prayers are with all of you.

  17. Dear Julie and Yuri,
    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. I hope you find peace in happy memories. I know your little boys will miss their Grandma and have many happy memories of the times they spent with her.
    Cindy Young

  18. Atkinson family, please accept our deep condolences on the loss of Miss Lucky. I have many wonderful memories of time spent in her home with Mitzi and our other highschool friends. She was such a sweet lady, and our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you feel the peace that passes understanding. With love, Jennifer, Keith, Michael, and Duren Hintz

  19. Atkinson family, please accept our deep condolences on the loss of Miss Lucky. I have many wonderful memories of time spent in her home with Mitzi and our other highschool friends. She was such a sweet lady, and our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you feel the peace that passes understanding. With love, Jennifer, Keith, Michael, and Duren Hintz

  20. We are so sorry for your loss. I remember Linda, as a warm, loving person that loved her family beyond measure. She was always warm and welcoming to our two girls when they were at her house. Our prayers are with you all, during this difficult time.

  21. We are so sorry for your loss. I remember Linda, as a warm, loving person that loved her family beyond measure. She was always warm and welcoming to our two girls when they were at her house. Our prayers are with you all, during this difficult time.

  22. I was blessed to work with Lucky for a year at Goodnight. She was a gifted teacher and a wonderful colleague. My prayers are with her family. God Bless.

  23. I was blessed to work with Lucky for a year at Goodnight. She was a gifted teacher and a wonderful colleague. My prayers are with her family. God Bless.

  24. We have lost such a loving and sweet person. Lucky was so compassionate and kind to all. She will be greatly missed. We are so sorry for your loss, dear Atkinson family.

  25. We have lost such a loving and sweet person. Lucky was so compassionate and kind to all. She will be greatly missed. We are so sorry for your loss, dear Atkinson family.

  26. She was a warm, wonderful person and our family is so sorry for your loss. Ms. A was personally responsible for starting both Katie and Adam on long successful academic careers and installing kindness and respect for others as a way of life. She touched the lives of hundreds of Pueblo’s families.

  27. She was a warm, wonderful person and our family is so sorry for your loss. Ms. A was personally responsible for starting both Katie and Adam on long successful academic careers and installing kindness and respect for others as a way of life. She touched the lives of hundreds of Pueblo’s families.

  28. Lucky will be missed by many. We feel so fortunate to have known her. She was always so kind to our family and included us almost as if we were part of her’s. Our hearts go out to her sweet family. God bless you all!

  29. Lucky will be missed by many. We feel so fortunate to have known her. She was always so kind to our family and included us almost as if we were part of her’s. Our hearts go out to her sweet family. God bless you all!

  30. What a wonderful sweet lady! Such a loss for Pueblo, the Rothbaums and her many friends. JRo, Yuri, Charles and James, we are so sorry that Lucky left so soon. Love ya, Anne, Neal, Taylor and Nic.

  31. What a wonderful sweet lady! Such a loss for Pueblo, the Rothbaums and her many friends. JRo, Yuri, Charles and James, we are so sorry that Lucky left so soon. Love ya, Anne, Neal, Taylor and Nic.

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