Karen Francis Alchin, 54, known as 'Bible study lady'Karen...

June 07, 1996

Karen Francis Alchin, 54, known as 'Bible study lady'

Karen Francis Alchin, known as the "Bible study lady" to many people in Baltimore County's Edgemere and Dundalk communities because of her devout religious beliefs, died Sunday of cancer at Franklin Square Hospital. She was 54.

1995 PHOTO She was ordained a minister for the Jehovah's Witnesses in 1984, led Bible classes in her community and frequently carried on long conversations about God with friends. A native of Allegany County, she moved to the Baltimore area as a child and graduated from Southern High School in 1960. The former Karen Kibbe married Charles Alchin in 1962 and the couple settled in Edgemere.

In addition to Bible study, Mrs. Alchin enjoyed gardening, sewing, camping and trips to Ocean City.

Surviving in addition to her husband are three sons, James Alchin of Dundalk and Matthew Alchin and Michael Alchin, both of Edgemere; a daughter, Danielle Alchin of Edgemere; her mother, Doris Kibbe of Pensacola, Fla.; two sisters, Janet Thomas of Essex and Evelyn Townsen of Pensacola, Fla.; and a granddaughter.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Dundalk Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 7824 Eddlynch Road. Louise W. Hurst, a waitress at Haussner's Restaurant for 27 years, died of a stroke Tuesday at a nursing home in Tampa, Fla. She was 78.

Born in Baltimore and raised in the Hamilton section of the city, Mrs. Hurst began work at Haussner's in 1953. She retired in 1980 and moved to Florida the same year.

Before working at Haussner's, Mrs. Hurst worked as a domestic and at the downtown Hutzler's department store.

The former Louise Weber married Howard Hurst in 1941; they divorced in 1950. A son, Howard Hurst, died in 1992.

She is survived by a daughter, Karen Hurst of Tampa.

No funeral service was planned.

Pub Date: 6/07/96

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