1866–1953
Lizzie Akers

Introduction

Born: Sep­tem­ber 10, 1866, Mer­cers­burg, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Died: March 26, 1953, Bell­wood, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Buried: Lo­gan Val­ley Ce­me­te­ry, Bell­wood, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Biography

Lizzie was the daugh­ter of min-is-ter Jo­seph Ben­son Ak­ers (1829–1889) of the Me­thod­ist Cen­tral Penn­syl­van­ia Con­fer­ence, and Hen­ri­et­ta Gal­li­gher.

Her mo­ther died when she was se­ven years old, and she de­vel­oped ju­ve­nile arth­ri­tis in her low­er ex­trem­i­ties at age 11.

Graduating from Wil­liams­port Dick­in­son Sem­in­ary (now Ly­com­ing Col­lege) in 1885, she settled in Bell­wood, Penn­syl­van­ia, and worked for the Al­too­na Tribune for three de­cades.

She then worked as the Bell­wood tax col­lec­tor, and as a seam­stress.

Finally, she served in the Cra­dle Roll De­part­ment at the Bell­wood Me­thod­ist Church for 64 years.

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