ATWATER BETTY JEAN ATWATER 12/1/1924 - 3/31/17 Betty Jean (Spivey) Atwater went to her heaven on March 31, 2017. She was greeted there by her husband, Maurice S. Atwater (12/24/1919-10/3/2006), her youngest son Barton S. Atwater (5/14/1954 - 3/14/1991), her eldest son Maurice Atwater (9/11/1946-6/8/2010), and her parents Ruth and Sylvester Spivey. Her departure leaves grieving her middle son Randolph Randy Atwater and his wife, Barbara Connolly Atwater, both of Winter Park, Colorado, her granddaughter Karen DeBlauw, her grandson Scott Atwater, their respective spouses Bradley and Kara, and 5 great grandchildren, all of Illinois. Born in Savannah, Georgia, she met a Marine there, Maurice S. Atwater, who was serving at Paris Island, S.C. They were married in Savannah on June 6, 1944, They started their family there with both Maurice the younger and Randy being born in Savannah. In 1953 they moved to Maurice's home town of Dexter, Maine. In Dexter, their youngest son, Barton, joined the family. They remained in the Dexter area until 1964 when they relocated to Gainesville Florida where the entire family developed a close attachment to the University of Florida. As her sons left home she and Maurice relocated to the Jacksonville area where Maurice the younger practiced law. In August of 2002 they moved to the Denver, Colorado area to be closer to Randy who had practiced law in Winter Park, Colorado since 1975 and continues there today. Jean remained in Denver even after the passing of her husband and her eldest son. She was cared for by her son Randy at her home and at Springbrooke Assisted Living Facility until her passing. Even the people who only knew her briefly mourn the passing of a truly good human being. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made in her memory to The Denver Hospice, 501 S. Cherry Street, Suite 700, Denver, Colorado 80246.
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