MaRee Atkins Waters

  • Born: September 23, 1923
  • Died: February 6, 2019
  • Location: San Antonio, Texas

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San Antonio, TX 78212
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... was an inspiration, friend, and example to all who crossed her path ...

MaRee Atkins Waters, beloved mother of four and wife of the late Rev. S. Merle Waters, was called Home to be with her Heavenly Father on February 6, 2019 at the age of 95. MaRee led an exemplary Christian life and was an inspiration, friend, and example to all who crossed her path.

Mildred Marie Atkins was born September 23, 1923 in Robstown, Texas. She was the second of five children born to Augustus Floyd Atkins, Sr. of Maypearl, Texas and Lottie Mildred Pollard of Sugartown, Louisiana. While working as a telephone operator for Southwestern Bell in San Antonio, she met Marie Waters, the sister of the one and only love of her life, Sylvan Merle Waters. Merle and Marie married on June 23, 1944 in San Antonio She changed her name to MaRee at this time to avoid confusion with her good friend. The couple immediately moved to Dallas where Merle received his Master of Theology from the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. During this time, MaRee worked as a model for Neiman Marcus, attended SMU, and was the secretary to Dr. Umphrey Lee, fourth president of the university.

MaRee was an outstanding Mother and homemaker, but she was also the consummate Methodist Minister's Wife. Merle believed that his ministry was a partnership with MaRee, and she was very involved in church life including Sunday School, Bible Study, Methodist Women, and choir. She was an officer in the P.E.O., a women's philanthropic organization. MaRee was a source of constant support for Merle and a self-sacrificing and loving aid to both of their extended families. She was personable, vivacious, devout, caring, and devoted. As Merle told her nearly every day, she was a beautiful person both inside and out. MaRee was an instant hit among their congregations and developed lasting friendships wherever their ministry called them. A proud Texan, MaRee's ancestry qualified her for membership in the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

MaRee was preceded in death by her parents, siblings August Floyd "Red" Atkins, Jr. and wife Jane; Janice Ruth Atkins and husband Minor Cox; Marvin Douglas Atkins who married Adele Mary Furze; Lois Aldene Atkins and husband Wylie Benjamin "Bill" Loftin; son Mark Atkins Waters and wife Kathy Susan Webb, and Merle, her beloved husband of 71 years.

MaRee is survived by her children Carolyn Ruth Waters and husband George Morgan Hamilton III; Stephen Merle Waters; and Thomas Douglas Waters and his wife Claudia Boone Billings; and her sister-in-law Adele Atkins. Grandchildren are Lt. Col. Mark Alan Waters, George Morgan Hamilton IV, Dr. Emily Hamilton Rosellini, James Billings Waters, and Cameron Boone Waters. Great grandchildren are Garrett and Courtney Waters, Mason, Ava, and Sloane Rosellini, and Adelyn Hamilton. There are numerous beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In the year 2000, the S. Merle and Marie A. Waters Endowment was established at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. This scholarship fund benefits anyone pursuing a calling to the clergy, regardless of race, gender, or denomination. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to P.O. Box 75013, Dallas, Texas 75275-0133 or the MaRee A. Waters Memorial Fund at St. Andrew's United Methodist Church.

Funeral services will be held Monday, February 11, at 11:00 AM at St. Andrew's UMC, 722 Robinhood Place, San Antonio, Texas 78209, with visitation preceding at 10:00 AM. Rev. Rick Waters and Rev. Michael Crocker officiating. Interment to follow at Mission Burial Park South.


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Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.

Posted by Otto Schultz - Seguin, TX   February 10, 2019

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