Lasting Memories

Karleta Belle Atkinson
Aug. 18, 1934-Aug. 20, 2014
Pleasanton, California

Submitted by Stephen Atkinson

Born in Shawnee, Oklahoma on Aug. 18, 1934, 52 year Pleasanton resident Karleta Atkinson succumbed to the ravages of ovarian cancer 2 days after her 80th birthday. She was home under Hospice care surrounded by her family at the time of her passing.

Karleta grew up in Berkeley, and graduated from Berkeley High School in 1952. She studied to became a dental assistant, but her passion was dancing. She met the man of her dreams, a handsome Cal Berkeley engineering student and football player, Robert Atkinson. They were married April 24, 1955, in Berkeley. After a few years of living in Berkeley, New York, and Southern California, Bob and Karleta established their residence in 1962 in Pleasanton.

Karleta led a very active social life and enjoyed an eclectic variety of activities: Cal football games, opera, ballet, gardening, visiting museums, spending time at the family cabin in Strawberry during the summer, Yoga, Zumba Gold, line dancing, walking, painting, sewing and quilting, being with her many friends and family, traveling, gourmet cooking, and hosting and attending wine and dinner parties. She was left-handed and loved a challenge. Her favorite color was red.

Throughout her life, Karleta kept busy as a Camp Fire girl Leader, an active member of the Livermore-Pleasanton Garden Club, and was Past President of Friends of the Vineyard.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Bob; Son, Stephen (Petra) of Germany; daughter, Julie Croll (Doug) of Pleasanton; and daughter, Maurine Kline (Paul) of Livermore; grandchildren, Sonya Atkinson, Mitchell Croll, Melanie Croll, Kyle Kline and Alyse Kline.