Mavis S. Atkinson, 66, of Valparaiso formerly of Portage and Story Pointe in Chesterton passed away Saturday, February 18, 2023. She was born January 8, 1957 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, graduated from Portage High School in 1975, received an Associate’s degree from Ivy Tech in 1982, and additional degrees in Administration, and General Education.  Mavis began her career with Ivy Tech as a Lab Technician and Administrative Secretary for Advanced Placement from 1981 – 1993.  Then served with Western & Southern Life Insurance Company at their Valparaiso office from 1997 – 2000.  Mavis was a proud single mother to her son Ian Young, and served as a loyal Boy Scout Troop leader while he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.  She was a computer geek before the term existed cutting her teeth on floppy discs. Her membership with the VFW Auxiliary and service as their District President also served as a source of pride.
Survivors include her son, U.S. Marine Sergeant Ian Young of Michigan City, sister, Patricia Berkoski Tuttle, nieces, Jennifer Sanders, Brandy Tuttle & Kirstin Atkinson, aunt, Marge Peters, uncle, Johnny Atkinson, and nephews, Jeff, Jeremy, Jimmy & Sean. She was preceded in death by her mother, Jackie Frost, her grandmother, Geneva Frost who raised her up in faith to love Jesus, brother, Donnie Atkinson and stepbrother, Johnny Atkinson.
A celebration of life will take place on March 5th at the Porter VFW Post #2511, 1290 Wagner Rd., Porter, Indiana beginning at 2:00 pm. Memorial donations may be made to the family.


I love you so much and I’m glad you’re resting with the angels. Tell grandma hi and I miss her so. Don’t worry about things down here we got them covered! You were such a wonderful heartfelt person and aunt 40 years of your presence in my life was truly not enough. But I will always remember you and how much you have helped shape me in to the person I am today. I love you to the moon and back rest easy my angel. I love you.  -Jennifer Sanders 

My deepest sympathies to Ian and family. I’m so very sorry to hear this news about Mavis. We met when she was a student at Ivy Tech and then worked together for several years. Even after she left the College we kept in touch over the years, although not enough. Mavis had such a positive spirit, even when life was not always kind to her. With her faith, I know she is resting in the arms of our Lord, and is at peace. You will be missed, my friend.   -Denise (Dede) Mann 

I am so sorry for your loss; I send prayers to the family. Mavis and I worked together at Ivy Tech in the 80's, we worked on the billing when she worked for Mr. Pav...Trust in the Lord and he will see you thru.  -Michelle Isbell 

My sorrows and sympathies go out to your family and co-workers at Ivy Tech. I knew Mavis since the early 1980s. To me she always showed kindness. She was very dedicated to Ivy Tech's mission. A very serious and knowledgeable person about her daily work activities. From time to time I have thought about her. During my time at Ivy Tech, I always admired and respected her. Mavis, may your soul rest in peace, with hopes to see you again. Your friend, -Nicholas Vasil 

Fly high my friend. You will be forever missed. I will always cherish our talks when you would walk down to my house and we would just sit there chat for awhile. Rest in peace, -Billie jo Cyprian 

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