Linkous, Elizabeth Atkinson

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Elizabeth “Betty” Atkinson Linkous peacefully passed into the gates of Heaven on June 18, 2021. Betty was born on July 11, 1930 to Helen and Macil Atkinson. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband of 65 years, Harold G. Linkous, former Christiansburg Mayor, her Brother, Lewis Atkinson wife Ann and niece Gail Atkinson Palmarini.

Surviving to cherish her memories are her son and daughter-in-law David and Brenda Linkous, beloved granddaughter Elena Linkous all of Christiansburg. She is also survived by a first cousin, Gerald Pendleton (England) and nieces and nephews Carol (Jack) Nienke (North Carolina), Linda Atkinson (Botetourt), Sara Boehme (California), Cyndi Graham (Blacksburg), Carol Mangold (Arizona), Mary Lou Merkt (South Carolina) Trever (Morgan) Nienke, Taylor Nienke, Lucy Treado, Lucia (Jushe) Torres, Nina Palmarini and very special friend, Wilma Snuffer of Christiansburg. She is also survived by her grand dogs Saydi, Chance and Maverick.

Betty was retired from the Virginia Tech Extension Service and was a lifelong member of St. Paul Methodist Church where she served in many positions, committees and church activities. Upon retirement, Betty enjoyed traveling with Harold to many destinations including Hawaii, Alaska and the Caribbean, but she most enjoyed annual family trips to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Betty loved family get togethers during the holidays as well as any other time. She also enjoyed many family breakfast cookouts on the Blue Ridge Parkway. More than anything else, she loved her family and spent every minute she could with them. She was truly a source of love and inspiration to all who knew her.

Until we see you again Mom, we will always love you and be inspired by you. You will forever be in our thoughts and memories!

Visitation will be from 6:00 – 8:00 PM on Monday, June 21 at McCoy Funeral Home. A celebration of Betty’s life will be held at the McCoy Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday, June 22 at 11:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Christiansburg Fire Department, 110 Depot Street, Christiansburg, VA 24073 or The League for Animal Protection, PO Box 561, Fincastle, VA 24090.