Historian; clerical worker. Born– September 26, 1925, Birmingham. Parents– Pleasant Wiley and Adrian Mae (Bullock) Acton. Married– George Donnell Axford, March 4, 1949. Children– Two. Education– Howard College; University of Alabama in Birmingham. Worked at Exchange Security Bank, 1943-1950, 1970-1971. Moved to Athens, Ala., in 1971,  where she owned and managed a restaurant. Member of the Alabama Historical Commission and its Board of Advisors. Named Citizen of the Year 2003 by the Athens Chamber of Commerce; Historian of the Year by the Alabama Historical Society, 2004.  Received the Alabama Historical Commission Lifetime Achievement Award.  Died July 7, 2004.


Who’s Who in Alabama, Vol. 3.; obituary, Huntsville Times, July 10, 2004


The Acton Family. S.l.; Author, s.d.

Historic Homes of Alabama and Their Traditions. Birmingham, Ala.; Birmingham Pub. Co., 1969.

A History of the United Church Women. S.l.; s.n., s.d.

Limestone County After Appomatox, 1965-1970. Athens, Ala.; Athens Pub. Co, 1985.

Limestone County During World War I; Gleaning from the Limestone Democrat. Athens, Ala.; Limestone County Historical Society, 1983.

Limestone County During World War II. Athens, Ala.; Limestone County Historical Society, s.d.

Limestone County Fifty Years Ago. Athens, Ala.; Limestone County Historical Society, 198?

“To Lochaber Na Mair”, Southerners View the Civil War; Eye Witness Accounts of Soldiers on the Field of Battle. Athens, Ala.; Athens Pub. Co., 1986.


The Lure and Lore of Limestone County. Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Portals Press, 1976.

150 Years of Presbyterian Life. Athens, Ala.; First Presbyterian Church, 1979.

Rambling Recipes on Heritage Trails; with Emphasis Upon the Old Southwest. Athens, Ala.; Axford, 1981.


The Journals of Thomas Hubbard Hobbs. University, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1976.