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Dorothy Mae Wathen Hardin Abell, 90, Hollywood

Dorothy Mae Wathen Hardin Abell, 90, of Hollywood died Feb. 21, 2013.

Born July 31, 1922, in Leonardtown, she was the daughter of the late John Wellington Wathen and the late Anna Mae Long Wathen.

She was the eldest of four children. She graduated from Margaret Brent High School in 1939. After graduation, she moved to Washington, D.C., where later she met a young airman at Bolling Field named Romelus Hilbert Hardin of Elizabethton, Tenn. They married in 1946. He died in 1957 in a car crash. In 1960, she married George W. Abell. They had a long and happy marriage. He died in 1998. She was known to her family as “Pon Mama.” She adored her grandchildren. She loved flowers, playing cards and her beloved cats. She was an excellent cook. She raised vegetables and flowers through her 90th year. She was quite interested in genealogy. Her memory was excellent, and she was considered the family historian. She was very kindhearted and generous. She had a delightful sense of humor.

In addition to her parents and her husbands, she was preceded in death by her brothers, George Alfred Wathen, Melvin Aloysius Wathen and John W. Wathen Jr.

She is survived by her daughter, Helen Maxine Alvey and her husband John of Port Tobacco; granddaughters, Deborah Edwards and her husband Ray of King George, Va., Amanda Devito and her husband Dominic of Port Tobacco; and great-grandsons, Austin Edwards and Tyler Edwards of King George and Richard Michael Waldbauer, Blake Waldbauer and Zachary Waldbauer and Daniel Devito and David Devito of Port Tobacco; great-granddaughter, Rachel Marie Edwards of King George; and many other relatives.

Visitation was held Feb. 25 at Arehart-Echols Funeral Home, La Plata. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Feb. 26 at St. Aloysius Church, Leonardtown. Burial took place at Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown.