Thelma Irene Atkins

Thelma Irene Atkins, age 91 of Bridgeport, passed away Monday, June 10, 2019 at Good Samaritan Hospital. She was born April 27, 1928 in Sumner to Gus and Bessie (Nelson) Mieure.

Thelma married Charles W. “Bill” Smith, and he preceded her in death in 1971.

As a working adult, Thelma worked as an LPN for local healthcare facilities. She was a night supervisor at Bridgeport Nursing Home, and she then worked at Lawrence County Memorial Hospital until her retirement. Thelma was extremely proud to know that she inspired others to pursue careers in the healthcare profession. Gardening and quilting were things that she enjoyed in her leisure time and in retirement.

Surviving family includes: four daughters- Billie Morrow and husband Ed of Palatine, IL, Karen Jones of Terre Haute, IN, Liz Heady and husband Bob of Pleasant Plains, IL, and Janice Johnson and husband Bob of Jasonville, IN: thirteen grandchildren: twenty-one great-grandchildren: and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by: her parents- Gus and Bessie Mieure: one son- Michael Smith: one grandson- Andrew Johnson: and ten siblings.

There will be a graveside service planned for Thelma Irene Atkins at Bridgeport City Cemetery on June 21, 2019. Cunningham Funeral Homes in assisting the family.

Memorial contributions can be made to Bridgeport Senior Citizens or to Lawrence County Humane Society. Online condolences can be sent to the family at