Mary Kathryn Accola

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Mary Kathryn Accola was born December13, 1922 in Swansea, S.C. She passed away January 10, 2013 at her home in Colorado Springs. She was the first child of parents Walter Derrick and Linnie (Bachman) Derrick. She attended grade school and high school in Swansea until her senior year, graduating from Columbia High School in Columbia, S.C., in 1938. In 1942 she graduated from Columbia College in Columbia and thereafter taught at Brooklyn-Cayce Grammar School in West Columbia for three years until her marriage to Jacob (Jake) Accola on Aug. 9, 1946. To the union were born three children: Tom in 1947, and twins John and Robin in 1950. During a 25-year military tenure, the family enjoyed tours in Illinois, California, England, Nebraska, Hawaii and Illinois. It was from Scott Air Force Base, IL that the family retired to Colorado Springs in 1971, primarily because of the medical and athletic facilities available at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Throughout her adult years, Mary was active in officer wives' activities including gardening and pottery. After retirement, she developed an interest in politics and served as a precinct committeewoman in the Republican Party for many years. She was an active member of the Colorado Springs Garden Club and never failed to win prizes with her flower entries in community and county competitions. She enjoyed playing all forms of bridge. She is preceded in death by son John Accola; sister Miriam Beversdorf; brother Walter; and brother-in-law Robert Accola and wife Olga. Surviving are her husband Jake, son Tom and wife Brenda, daughter Robin, John's widow, Marlene, and five grandchildren: Tom's sons TJ and Paul, Robin's daughters Mary and Elizabeth, John and Marlene's son Jacob; and Marlene's children from a previous marriage, Brian and Andrea Joslyn. No formal services will be held, but the family will receive friends from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, January 18 at the Accola residence. Interment will be held at the Accola family plot at the cemetery in Cedaredge, CO on Monday.

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Published in The Gazette on Jan. 15, 2013
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