Grace Lovell Forkel, 61, a contralto soloist in a number of church choirs and member of many church activities, died Sunday at her home in Silver Spring. She had cancer.

She was the wife of the Rev. Fred W. Forkel, pastor of Memorial United Methodist Church in Silver Spring. They had lived there for the last nine years. Before that, Mr. Forkel was pastor of Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Catonsville, Md. for about 16 years.

Mrs. Forkel was born in Middletown, Ohio. She came to this area as a girl and graduated from the University of Maryland. She was executive secretary of the Kiwanis Club of Washington from 1940 until her marriage in 1954.

Mrs. Forkel was known for her work as a church camp counselor and director. She had been a Sunday school superintendent at the former Memorial Evangelical United Brethren Church in Washington, which merged with the Methodist Church.

She had participated in Christian Endeavor and other church youth work, served on the executive council of United Methodist Women, and was president of the board of the Silver Spring Child Day Care Center.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Susan E., of the home, Ellen Suljak, of Vernon, Conn., and Phyllis Kepp, of Calverton, Md.; a sister, Jeanette Reddick, of Walkersville, Md.; two brothers, George and William Lovell, both of the Hyattsville area, and two grand-children.