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Janet F. Atkins

December 2, 1942 — January 30, 2021

Janet F. Atkins, 78, Martinsville, passed away January 30, 2021, after having a sudden heart attack earlier in the week. Janet was born December 2, 1942, in Crawford County, to the late Richard and Nova (Wright) Speedy. She married Floyd Atkins on June 25, 1960, and he preceded her in death on October 20, 2020.

Janet worked alongside Floyd in the family business, Atkins Excavating. While she left most of the dirt pushing to Floyd, she was a capable office manager for many years. She was a longtime and faithful member of Smith Valley United Methodist Church. Janet was an accomplished seamstress; she also enjoyed gardening and flower arranging. While she could be a bit feisty when necessary, Janet will be fondly remembered by her loved ones and many friends for her thoughtful and very generous nature.

In addition to her parents and Floyd, she was preceded in death by brothers, Jake, Lester, Gary, Bobby, and Dennis.

Survivors include her children, Carol Jean (Rick) Bechman and Steve (Susan) Atkins; four grandchildren, Stephanie (Richard) Schroder, Josh Bechman, Jeff Bechman, and Jessica (Jacob) Fink; one great grandchild, Blakely Schroder; siblings, Marvin, Linda, and Nancy.

Visitation will be Friday, February 5, 2021, 5 to 8 p.m., at the O’Riley Funeral Home, 6107 S. East Street. The funeral service will begin at 12 Noon, Saturday, February 5, 2021, in the Smith Valley United Methodist Church, 5293 Old Smith Valley Road, Greenwood. Pastors Jennifer Lewis and William Merkley will officiate. Burial will follow at the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery, Waverly. Memorial contributions may be made to the church. Visit to share a favorite memory or to sign the online guest registry.

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Friday, February 5, 2021

5:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

O'Riley - Branson Funeral Service & Crematory

6107 S. East St, Indianapolis, IN 46227

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Saturday, February 6, 2021

Starts at 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

Smith Valley United Methodist Church

5293 Old Smith Valley Road , Greenwood, IN 46143

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