Alice J. Akehurst
March 8, 1920 – August 26, 2011
Alice Josephine Akehurst, 91, of Severna Park, Maryland, went home to heaven on Friday, August 26, 2011 peacefully in her sleep at the home. Her family and friends are rejoicing in the knowledge that she is now wrapped tightly in the loving arms of Jesus.
She was born in Baltimore City on March 8, 1920, and was the oldest of five sisters.
Alice earned her diploma from Eastern High School in 1938. Alice graduated from the West Baltimore General Hospital School of Nursing and earned the title of Registered Nurse after passing the Maryland State Board in 1943. She completed post graduate work at the Children’s Hospital in Washing D.C. in 1944; received a Master of Science in Nursing Administration from the University of Maryland School of Nursing in 1966.
Alice enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She will be missed by all for her gracious, gentle, loving manner. She cared for others and was quick to offer what she had so no one was without. Alice loved to read, walk, crochet and sew. She was very crafty. She also loved to garden and planted one wherever she lived. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and volunteered her time in the Lucky Penny Thrift Store to help raise funds to support the church’s numerous community projects.
In death, Alice will be reunited with her parents, Louise and Edgar Akehurst, and sisters, Anna Genevieve “Gen” Chalkley, Emily Louise Bengermino, and Ida Mason Schindler Hardester. She is survived by her sister, Louise F. Jenkins, nieces and nephews, great- nieces and nephews, and great -great nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends in the Lemmon Funeral Home of Dulaney Valley, Inc. 10 W. Padonia Road (at York Road) Timonium, MD 21093 on Saturday, September 10 from 11 to 12pm at which time a funeral service will be celebrated in the funeral home at 12pm. In lieu of flowers contributions may be directed in Mrs. Akehurst’s name to University of Maryland Baltimore Foundation School of Nursing, 655 W. Lombart St., 2nd Floor, W-209, Baltimore, MD 21201 or to Epworth United Methodist Church, 600 Warren Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030. Interment Moreland Memorial Park Cemetery.
- Memorial Gathering Saturday, September 10, 2011
- Memorial Service Saturday, September 10, 2011
Alice J. Akehurst
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September 14, 2011
Aunt Al was a woman well ahead of her time. She was a strong, driven, independent, career woman during a period when it was not fashionable. She served as a role model for not only the women she instructed but women of today as well. While I know she loved and was proud of her career and all the nurses she impacted. She also had a deep love for her family especially her mother, sisters and all of her nieces and nephews. Aunt Al treated all of us like her own sons and daughters. I will always remember Aunt Al at family gatherings, her intelligence, her laugh, her playing the piano, her decorating her dining room at Christmas and always making sure Santa had left a little something for all of her nieces and nephews. I'm sure Heaven has a special place for her.
virginia moon azadi
September 7, 2011
As a 1960 graduate of Lutheran Hospital, I remember Miss Akehurst as a kind, compassionate strong instructor, leader and friend. She was certainly a role model for many young nurses.She has earned her place in heaven.My condolences go to her family and many friends.
September 7, 2011
Although I knew "Aunt Al" mostly through her neice, Sue, with whom she resided in later years, I had the pleasure of meeting her about six years ago, I remember her as a petite, reserved lady with fresh coiffured hair, dressed in a tiny pin-striped suit and "neat as a pin". She was extremely proud of her background and accomplishments in the field of health and one could quickly sense that her work was a labor of love. Thinking of the family, sharing your sadness, and wishing you the healing that only time can bring.
Judy Trippett (Millersville, MD)
September 6, 2011
I am a graduate of the Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1968. I have worked 20+ years on the history of the hospital and the school. I can not begin to tell you of the impact this wonderful, caring and knowledgeable person had on the lives of so many nursing students and staff throughout her years of affiliation with the hospital. I was fortunate enough to spend an afternoon with Miss Akehurst about 10 years ago and she so impressed me with her concern and love of nursing and all whom she had encountered over the years both at Lutheran Hospital and the University of Maryland schools of nursing. Her family has my deepest and most heartfelt sympathy. We have all been blessed.
Sylvia Pulliam Lackey (VA)
September 3, 2011
Though I did not know Alice personally, she seemed to have touched many lives. No doubt she will be missed. May you find joy in the memories of her and comfort in the God of tender mercies.
August 31, 2011
My deepest sympathies to the family of Ms.Akehurst. I remember her as one of my instructors at the Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing from 1962-65.
You are in my prayers.