Passages: Margie Atkinson and Ray Saunders

Margie Atkinson

Jan. 26, 1943 - Dec. 27, 2009

For more than 40 years, Margie Atkinson impacted countless lives through her leadership, personal touch and professionalism. With her husband, Neil, Atkinson’s early years on staff were spent in the field developing Young Life in Naperville, Ill., and Grand Rapids, Mich., and directing the Mid-America Region. 

Ray Saunders

Feb. 24, 1945 - Dec. 20, 2009

"Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words." — St. Francis of Assisi

"That quote epitomized Ray Saunders," said Barb Mima, area director in Twin Rivers, Pa., and longtime friend and coworker of Saunders, who quietly served the mission for more than 40 years.