Melville (Mel) Atkey was the son of J.W. Atkey, owner of the White Store. He married Fern Robblee, a Delta school teacher, and they had 3 sons: William, Richard, and Ken. Fern was born in Prince Edward Island and she came to Ladner in 1918 to teach at Canoe Pass School. She moved to Ladner Elementary School the following year and taught there until she married in 1924. Mel Atkey was an inspector of plane crashes in the Royal Flying Corps during World War I and he later became the relief customs officer at Boundary Bay. The Atkey family lived in Cloverdale between 1924 and 1935, when Mel died. After her husband's death, Fern returned to Ladner with her children where she lived until her death in 1997 at age 101.