Mabel B. Akehurst, 102, did volunteer work


Mabel Bonner Akehurst, 102, an officer in the United Daughters of the Confederacy, died Sunday at Good Samaritan Hospital of a heart ailment.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Henry W. Jenkins and Sons funeral establishment, 4905 York Road.

Mrs. Akehurst, who lived on Park Heights Avenue, was registrar of Baltimore Chapter No. 8 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy at her death.

The former Mabel Yost was born in Baltimore and studied voice at the Peabody Conservatory. A soprano, she also sang in operas there.

She studied the piano organ and choir-directing privately and was a member of the Chesapeake Chapter of the American Guild of Organists who served for many years as a church organist.

She did volunteer musical work, leading a group of soldiers in song before they boarded a train for duty in World War I, playing the piano in United Service Organizations shows or singing at nearby military posts during World War II.

During World War I, she also was active as a volunteer in the Blue Cross, which looked out for the well being of military horses and, during World War II, she was a Red Cross volunteer. She won several citations for her World War II work.

Dr. James S. Akehurst, her husband, was a general practitioner before his death in 1960.

Survivors include a stepdaughter, Marian H. Akehurst of Westminster; a stepgranddaughter; a niece; and a nephew.

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