Madeleine Louise Atwell

Funeral services were held March 13 at Covenant Presbyterian Church for Madeleine Louise Lotterhos Atwell.

Mrs. Atwell, age 98, passed into eternity March 10, at Wisteria Gardens in Pearl. She was the daughter of Anna  Russell Lotterhos and Frederick Charles “Fritz” Lotterhos and was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Paul Louis Atwell, her only sibling Russell Lotterhos, her son Bert Frederick “Skipper’’ Atwell, and her son-in-law, Dr. Robert “Bob” Whitmore Jr.

Madeleine was born May 30, 1919 in Crystal Springs. She attended Queens College in Charlotte, N.C., for two years before transferring to the University of Alabama where she graduated with a degree in business. In 1942, Madeleine moved to Washington, D.C., where she was assistant to the director of the Department of Commerce. There she met her future husband, Paul.

They were married a year later and relocated to Schenectady, N.Y., with Paul’s job at General Electric. After two winters of dealing with snow and ice, Madeleine convinced Paul to move to Mississippi, where they remained the rest of their lives.

Madeleine was a charter member of Covenant Presbyterian Church and River Hills Club, both located in Jackson. She was also an active member of the Eastover Sewing Club, Dix-a-Deau, Hermitage Club, and Chi Omega Alumnae Association. While raising her family, she also performed countless hours as a volunteer at Whitfield Mental Hospital, the Old Ladies Home, the Lions Club, and her children’s school activities. A devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend, Madeleine will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Madeleine is survived by her two daughters, Chicki Atwell of Madison,  and Paula Atwell Whitmore of Norfolk, Va., and by her granddaughter and namesake, Anna Madeleine Atwell of Madison. She is also survived by her best friend and constant companion during the past 40 years, Corine White.

The family would like to thank the staff and nurses at Wisteria Gardens  and at Homecare Hospice for their compassionate care.

Memorials may be made to Covenant Presbyterian Church, French Camp Academy, or any animal rescue organization as Madeleine dearly loved all of God’s creatures, large or small.


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