Connie Joy Atkins, of West St. Paul, passed away peacefully in her sleep on December 13, 2017 at age 78. Preceded in death by her brother, M. Gene. Survived by her children, Tammy (Art) Carlson, Julie (Chuck) Cuchna, Ted (Susan) Christian, and Dan (Jan) Christian; 16 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren; sister, Phyllis (Tony) Willerscheidt; and special friends, Shirlee Yunker and Lee Walker. Memorial gathering of family and friends will be held at Willwerscheid Natural Burial & Cremation, 235 Wentworth Ave. W., West St. Paul on Monday, December 18 from 4-7 PM, with a brief memorial service at 7 PM. Connie then will be flown to Las Vegas, to her final resting place in her best friend Shirlee’s rose garden. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the American Cancer Society or your local Humane Society.