Carolyn S. Akers, a homemaker and longtime Joppatowne resident, died June 11 of complications from kidney failure at the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center. She was 71.
Carolyn Sue Bell was born and raised in Madison, W.Va., where she attended public schools.
Mrs. Akers, who was known as Sue, married Melvin J. Akers in 1960. They settled in Joppatowne.
"She spent her life devoted to her family and friends, and enjoyed a wide variety of activities," said Heidi L. Riedlbauer, a former Joppatowne neighbor who now lives in Timonium.
"As many close neighbors can attest, Sue is fondly remembered as a surrogate mom for the neighborhood children and their children, and loved to baby-sit," said Ms. Riedlbauer.
"She brought joy into their lives through her big heart, grounded nature and positive outlook," she said.
Mrs. Akers enjoyed bowling and doing crossword puzzles.
A celebration of her life will be held from noon to 2 p.m. June 28 at the Knights of Columbus, Bel Air Council 4714, 23 Newport Drive, Forest Hill.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her son, Joseph A. Akers of Joppatowne; a niece; and a great-niece.