Mary Accola died Jan. 10, 2013, at her home in Colorado Springs. She was 90.
A graveside funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Jan. 21, at Cedaredge Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday, Jan. 18, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Accola residence.
Mary Kathryn Derrick was born Dec. 13, 1922, in Swansea, S.C., to Walter and Linnie (Bachman) Derrick. She attended grade school and high school in Swansea until her senior year and graduated from Columbia High School in Columbia, S.C. in 1938. She graduated from Columbia College in Columbia in 1942 and taught at Brooklyn-Cayce Grammar School in West Columbia for three years.
She married Jacob "Jake" Accola Aug. 9, 1946. During a 25-year military tenure the family lived in Illinois, California, England, Nebraska and Hawaii. They retired from Scott Air Force Base in Illinois in 1971 and moved to Colorado Springs.
Mrs. Accola was active in officer wives' activities, including gardening and pottery. After retirement she became interested in politics and served as a precinct committeewoman in the Republican party for many years. She enjoyed playing all forms of bridge and was an active member of the Colorado Springs Garden Club.
Mrs. Accola is survived by her husband, Jake; one son, Tom and his wife Brenda; her daughter, Robin; her daughter-in-law Marlene; and five grandchildren, TJ, Paul, Mary, Elizabeth and Jacob; and two stepgrandchildren, Brian and Andrea Joslyn.
She was preceded in death by her son, John Accola; her sister, Miriam Beversdorf; her brother, Walter; and her brother-in-law Robert Accola and his wife Olga.
Arrangements are being handled by Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.
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