Patricia O'Callaghan Abell, a dedicated volunteer for many charities, died of complications from lung cancer Friday at the Hospice of Washington. She was 88.
Mrs. Abell, a resident of Chevy Chase since 1946, was born in New York City and grew up in Montclair, N.J. She earned a bachelor's degree in French literature from Marymount College in Tarrytown, N.Y., and attended the Sorbonne in Paris.
Her volunteer work included weekly visits to Christ Child Opportunity Shop in Georgetown. She also was active in St. Gertrude's Guild and the Christ Child Society.
She was a member of the Order of Malta and longtime parishioner of Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church in Washington and, later, of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Bethesda. Her interests included golf, ballet and opera.
Mrs. Abell's husband of 63 years, William S. Abell, had been a board member of the A.S. Abell Co., which published The Sun. He died in 2001.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, 6001 Western Ave., N.W., in Washington.
She is survived by two daughters, Patricia E. Abell of Chevy Chase and Marguerite Elaine Nurmi of Washington; five sons, W. Shepherdson Abell and Christopher S. Abell, both of Chevy Chase, Anthony F. Abell of Bethesda, Kevin O'C. Abell of Baltimore and Gregory T. Abell of Austin, Texas; 18 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.