First, thank you, dear readers of Write Thinking and on Facebook and Twitter, for all of your kind expressions of condolence on the loss of my mom. I have written a short tribute to my mama to be shared at the funeral. I will post it later, after I'm sure I won't be tweaking again.
Many of you know that Mom's health began to decline in early 2009. She was in rehab for about six weeks. We weren't sure she could come home again, but she surprised us all by bouncing back. While she couldn't be left alone, she was able to walk to and from the bathroom which allowed her to be with me. Then in May, she was in the hospital briefly for sudden body weakness. She went into rehab to build back her strength once again. While there, she fell and broke her hip. She never was able to walk well enough again to come home as her needs were too great.
Although she was in a wonderful nursing home and was well cared for and treated so kindly, she was never happy having to live away from me. That made the past year very difficult for both of us.
She "toodled" around the nursing home in her wheelchair pretty well, and we enjoyed outings between August 2009 and April 2010. Sometimes I just picked her up and took her for a drive. I wasn't strong enough to get her in and out of the car on my own, but once she was in the car we could drive around, get a root beer float, see the changing seasons, whatever. The most dramatic changes in her overall health began this spring. She'd lost weight in the early months (about 10 pounds by the end of the year), but she had little desire for food and her appetite disappeared almost completely in recent weeks.
Of course, I couldn't see Mom for a couple of weeks after shattering my ankle, and I was shocked at the difference those two weeks made in her. On Wednesday, after I was home from seeing her, the nursing home called to say it was time to get hospice involved. On Thursday I completed the necessary paperwork for hospice care. On Friday I got to be with her in the afternoon, and she had a rare moment of true clarity when we could exchange our love. My aunt and cousin had a similar experience on Thursday, moments that we now treasure in our hearts. By Saturday evening Mama was gone, passing in her sleep early in the evening.
Thank God for the assurance I have in Christ. But as I'm sure you know, I miss my mama.
Lucille (Johnson) Adams, age 96, went home to her Savior on July 3, 2010. Although her family will always miss her, they rejoice that she’s arrived on heaven’s shore, no longer trapped in a body that had become frail.
Lucille was born on February 13, 1914, in Riverside, CA, the third of four daughters born to Walter & Madge Johnson. The Johnsons moved to Idaho in 1920 where they farmed in the Meridian and Kuna area for many years. After graduating from Kuna High School, Lucille moved to Boise where she lived and worked for the majority of her adult life.
Lucille married Ralph E. Adams on Oct. 2, 1948. The couple was blessed with a son and a daughter before Ralph’s death in a plane crash on Sept. 23, 1951. From then on, Lucille’s world revolved around her children. She instilled in them the belief that they could achieve their dreams if they worked hard enough. Laughter was a frequent sound in the Adams household and love was present in abundance.
Lucille’s dearest friends were her three sisters. Her greatest joy was found in her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as in her nieces and their extended families. Her greatest passion was her love of Jesus. She lived by faith, and in doing so was a great example to others.
Lucille is survived by her son, Rick Adams (Joyce) of Binghamton, NY, and her daughter, Robin Lee Hatcher of Meridian, ID; her four granddaughters, Wendy Burdick (Benoit) of Binghamton, NY, Michaelyn Keiser (John) of Boise, Cheri Henney (Don) of Swedesboro, NJ, and Jennifer Whitt (Wayne) of Boise; her ten great-grandchildren, Donny, Max, Joseph, Ian, Shayla, Rachel, Vince, Xavierre, Sitarra, and Salvatore; her sister, Phoebe McGrath; and her four nieces and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sisters, Marjorie Kaiser and Dorothy Burke; and her step-daughter, Patt Miller.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 9:00 am to 10:00 am, with the funeral service beginning at 10:00 am on Thursday, July 8, 2010 at Boise Valley Christian Communion, 1177 N. Roosevelt St., Boise. A graveside service will follow at Cloverdale Funeral Memorial Park.
To share memories with the family, please visit Lucille's online website at Cloverdale Funeral Home.