Akla Lema Penn Galloway, 83, of Portsmouth, OH, passed away Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at the Rosemount Pavilion. She was the first baby of the year in Portsmouth, OH in 1939. She was born on January 1, 1939 at twelve minutes after the arrival of the new year to Ralph Waldo and Emma Beulah Campbell Penn.
She was preceded in death by her brother Walter Meek Penn; her sisters, Wanda Matewood Penn Paul, and Quatreda Eunice Penn Droll; her nephew Saint John Paul; and her son James Elza Royce, Jr.
Akla was a loving daughter, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. She is survived by her niece, Guanita Michal Paul (Frank) Peters of West Portsmouth, OH; her sons, Jim (Jackie) Miller of Houston, TX and Ralph Robert (Jennifer) Royce of Knoxville, TN; her grandchildren, Cassandra Royce, Tabitha Royce, Brandy Royce, Rebecca Kendall, Elizabeth Royce, David Royce, Maddie Miller; and several great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to SOMC Hospice, 2201-25th St., Portsmouth, OH 45662.
A private memorial service for family and friends will be held at a later date.
Please visit www.fcdaehlermortuary.com to leave a special memory of Akla or condolences for her family.