Marilyn Riser Atkinson


Marilyn Riser Atkinson, 83, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday morning, May 17, 2015. She was a resident of Greenwood.

She was born on Nov. 1, 1931, the daughter of the late Harry and Jessie Reel Riser of Vincennes.

After graduation from Vincennes High School in 1950, she attended Indiana University, where she earned a degree in elementary education. Her wonderful teaching career included Fort Wayne, Indianapolis and Center Grove schools in Johnson County. This was the occupation that she dearly loved. She earned her master’s degree from Butler University in 1971.

Marilyn was a devoted Christian woman and was involved in many activities with her church. She was a Sunday School teacher, a co-shepherd of a flock of elder people, was a co-leader with her husband of a singles group, and loved singing in the choir for many years.

She served as a volunteer at the Salvation Army food pantry, and also served on the board of directors of the Salvation Army of Johnson County, as both chairman of the board and as a member.

But her proudest accomplishment was raising her three children in a loving Christian home.

Marilyn and Glenn Milton Atkinson were married on June 26, 1955, in Vincennes, and they were married for nearly 60 wonderful years.

Marilyn will be greatly missed by her husband, Glen; sons and daughters-in-law, Andrew and Penny Atkinson of Peru, Matthew and Amie Atkinson of Vincennes and Michael and Jeni Atkinson of DeForest, Wisconsin. She also leaves nine well-loved grandchildren, Emily Atkinson Page and husband Garrett, Jessie Atkinson, Drew Atkinson, Adrian Atkinson, Mariah Atkinson, Chad Atkinson, Ellen Atkinson, David Atkinson and Julia Atkinson; and four precious great-grandchildren, Aubree, Bryce, Caitlyn and Dilynn Page. She is also survived by her brother, Harry E. Riser of Zionsville.

Dr. Charles C. Lake and the Rev. Dean Jones will officiate a memorial service at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Southland Community Church, 5800 W. Smith Valley Road, Greenwood, with calling there from 5 p.m. until the time of service. She will be laid to rest at Fairview Cemetery in Vincennes.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Salvation Army Food Pantry, 323 Market Plaza, Greenwood, IN 46142, as a personal act of kindness for someone in need, as a tribute for Marilyn, and in honor of her concern for the welfare of others she has shown in her lifetime.

You are invited to read Marilyn’s online obituary at, where you may leave a personal message for the family or sign the online register book.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood Chapel.