October 13, 1925 - September 6, 2020 Wilmington, DE | Age 94 Loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Sister and Friend

ESTHER MAY AKEHURST, age 94, of Wilmington, DE, passed away on Sunday, September 6, 2020, at her residence. She was the wife of James E. Akehurst, Sr., with whom she shared 66 years of marriage.

Born in Rosedale, PA, she was the daughter of the late Paul Neide and the late Ella Kruss Neide.

She was a homemaker and she enjoyed doing crafts, gardening, watching TV and being with her family and friends. Mrs. Akehurst attended the Church of the Brethren in Wilmington, DE.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, James E. Akehurst, Jr. (Angela Knight) of Newark, DE and John P. Akehurst of West Chester, PA; two daughters, Linda L. Riley ( William) of Wilmington, DE and Della M. Akehurst of Pottsgrove, PA; one brother, Robert Neide of Coatesville, PA and one granddaughter, Amanda Akehurst.

She was predeceased by eight brothers and three sisters.

Her Graveside service will be held at 1:00 on Friday afternoon, September 25, 2020, at the Longwood Cemetery, 945 East Baltimore Pike, Kennett Square, PA.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to Faithful Friends Animal Society, 12 Germay Drive, Wilmington, DE 19804

Arrangement by the Kuzo Funeral home, Kennett Square, PA.

Message from the Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time.
Please enhance this tribute to Esther by adding your memories.

Memorial Donations

Faithful Friends Animal Society

12 Germay Drive
Wilmington, DE 19804


Graveside Service

September 25, 2020 1:00 Longwood Cemetery
945 East Baltimore Pike
Kennett Square, PA.


  1. Linda, So sorry for your loss. Will miss seeing her in church. May God bless, comfort and be with you and Bill.

    Dave Sweitzer | September 13, 2020 at 11:05 AM
  2. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Love you

    Lisa | September 10, 2020 at 4:47 PM
  3. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

    Brenda | September 8, 2020 at 10:07 PM
  4. Sorry for you loss.

    Patti | September 8, 2020 at 8:30 PM
  5. My prayers & condolences on the loss of your Mama.
    She was a beautiful lady inside & out. Enjoy the many memories you have of her with you & your family.
    She always made such beautiful cemetery sprays & wreaths. Hugs to you all.

    Lorri Manning | September 8, 2020 at 5:46 PM
  6. Your Sweet Mother Esther 🌹 left an indelible mark on this Earth 🌍 . Sorry for your loss…

    Adrienne | September 8, 2020 at 3:12 PM
  7. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

    Vicky Manning | September 8, 2020 at 12:53 PM

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