DANFORTH – Marvin Akerley, 97, of Newport Richey, FL, died peacefully on February 23, 2014, in Dunedin, FL. An internment service, for Marvin and his wife Beatrice (November 16, 2012) will be conducted on Friday, August 1st, 11:00 am at the Danforth Cemetery.
Marvin was born April 11, 1916, in Forest Station, Maine, the son of Edward Akerley and Agnes Akerley (Caldwell). He was preceded in death by Marie Beatrice Akerley (Saulnier), his beloved wife of 70 years. Bea was born April 28, 1918 in Wytopitlock, Maine to parents Melburn Saulnier and Philomena Saulnier (Theriault).
Bea and Marvin were proud graduates of Danforth High School, and after WWII moved to Hartford, CT for employment and to raise their family. They are survived by their five children, James, Mark, Suzanne, Melburn and Edward, nine grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Bea is also survived by her sister, Catherine (Saulnier) Nash.
After forty years in construction (Marvin) and homemaking and social services (Bea), Marvin and Bea retired to Harrison Maine, and eventually Newport Richey, FL. During their retirement years Marvin applied his construction skills to the art of woodworking – designing and making numerous pieces of fine furniture. Bea, a self-taught seamstress, enjoyed sewing, quilting and needle arts until her last days. She created countless hand made goods for family, friends, and her favorite charity, St. Vincent de Paul Church.
Although they lived many years in Florida after their retirement, there was never a doubt about where their hearts were – Danforth, Maine. For those wishing to make a charitable donation in their names they were life-long donors to the American Red Cross and The March of Dimes.