Diane Susan Atkins

October 23, 1950 - August 4, 2016
Diane Susan Atkins

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Diane Susan Atkins, 65, of Port Richey, FL, passed away August 4th, 2016, surrounded by her loving family while in the care of HPH Hospice.    She was born October 23, 1950 to Carol “Stink” Billings and Ruth Fecho in Niles, MI.  She came to Florida in 2006 with her husband, Claude, from Eau Claire, MI.

Diane had a lifelong love of children, which was evidenced by her life’s work as the owner and operator of a day care in Michigan for over 30 years.  She also owned a day care in Florida for a short time before deciding to retire.  Another of Diane’s loves was crocheting.  She was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Holiday.

Diane is preceded in death by her father, Carol “Stink” Billings.  She is survived by her beloved, husband of 14 years, Claude Atkins, Jr; mother, Ruth Billings; daughters: Tracy Taylor (Jeremy Powell), Tammy Taylor (Brian Collins), and Candy Briney (Marc); son, Sean Taylor; step-son, Ryan Atkins; brother, Alan Billings; sister, Debbie Shembarger (Norbert); 8 grandchildren, and many more family members and dear friends.

A Memorial Service will be held in remembrance of Diane at 4pm on Monday, August 8th, 2016 at Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home.


Monday, August 8, 2016
12:00 AM

Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home - Directions
5228 Trouble Creek Road
New Port Richey, FL 34652

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  • August 07, 2016
    Kostopoulos Family says:
    Our sincerest sympathy for your loss of a beautiful daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and friend....

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  • August 08, 2016
    Barb Fecho Keech says:
    I have so many memories of Diane from childhood, but one that stands out the most was me teaching her how to drive a stick shift. She never learned how until she was 19 or 20 and I knew how before she did. So we drove up and down Sinclair Rd. with her killing the car every 10 feet or so until she SORT of got it. I went home and said I was never doing that again. I will miss her dearly.

  • August 08, 2016
    Amy Prillwitz says:
    I spent countless hours with (Aunt Diane) as she will always be known to me playing with my cousins. I also have happy memories of many hours at Sink and Ruth Billings in the pool and having sleepovers. My father passed away a little over a year ago and I can already see Diane trying to keep everyone inline and having many laughs until we see them again in Heaven. As we grew up and we all had families - The Billings family was the closest and most loving people I knew. Thank you Stink and Ruth for being a pillar of strength and love that the generations after you pay forward. God Bless each and everyone in this time of sorrow. May we all remember that there is no pain, no hurt and only peace in our Father's loving arms. We love each and everyone of you! All our love, Doug, Amy, Alyssa, Austin, and Nathan Prillwitz

  • August 08, 2016
    Richelle Ciboch says:
    Many fond memories of Diane and The Eau Claire Cherry Featival Bag Ladies along with our children being school friends. Prayers for the family.

  • August 08, 2016
    The Wojahn family says:
    We are so very sorry for your loss. May you feel God's comfort you in this time of need.

  • August 08, 2016
    The Wojahn family says:
    We are so very sorry for your loss. Praying for God's comfort during this time of need.

  • August 08, 2016
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  • August 08, 2016
    Tonya Williams-McGee says:
    Sue was a second mother to me. I will never forget the countless days that were spent at her house with Candy. I am truly Blessed to have been apart of such a very wonderful family that treated me just like a sister and daughter. Candy, Tracy, Tammy & Sean, Just remember that she is no longer suffering and I love you all.

  • August 08, 2016
    Susan and James Clinton says:
    We love Diane, Clause and Chloe very much, the best neighbors, we don't know what we would have done without them.

  • August 09, 2016
    Ben and Sarah Peterson says:
    Thoughts and prayers for you!

  • August 13, 2016
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