|Birth: ||Feb. 27, 1919|
|Death: ||Jan. 24, 2005|
Mary A. Adkins, 85, of Vienna died January 24, 2005, at Maries Manor Health Care and Rehabilitation Center.
She was born on February 27, 1919, in Maries County, the daughter of Carrell and Catherine Duke.
As a child, Mary accepted Jesus Christ as her savior. She had a life-long personal relationship with Jesus Christ. She was a member of the Little Flock Baptist Chruch and Union Hill Baptist Church for many years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Vienna at the time of her death.
She was a graduate of Vienna High School. Majoring in education, she attended Iberia Junior College, which is now part of Drury University in Springfield.
As a young adult, she married Homer Adkins of the Bend Community near Vienna. She and Homer spent most of their married life in the Bend community where they brought up their six children. In later life, they moved to Vienna, where they lived until their death.
Mary was a wife and mother. She loved teaching her children, gardening, canning, sewing, embroidering, tole painting, and doing household and farm chores.
Survivors include: six children, Layman Adkins and wife Millie, of O'Fallon; Mary Halbrook and husband Charles of Rolla; David Adkins and wife Janale, of Russellville; Helen Smith and husband Don, of Jefferson City, Herb Adkins and wife Debby of Vienna; Janice Schmitz and husband Dale of Loose Creek; 8 grandchildren; 4 stepgrandchildren; 7 great grandchildren and 7 step great granchildren. She is also survived by two sisters in law, Ellen Duke of Belle and Rena Sherman of Vienna; one brother in law, Joe Copeland, of Vienna, and several nieces and nephews.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Homer Adkins; her parents, Carrell and Catherine Duke; three brothers, Joseph Duke, Raymond Duke, and an infant brother; two sisters, Madeline Copeland and Virginia Hohenstreet, one sister in law, Betty Duke; one brother in law, Grover Hohenstreen and one step brother, Orville Crawford.
Visitation services for Mary were held Wednesday, January 26, 2005 and Thursday, January 27, 2005. Funeral services were held, Thurdsay, January 27, 2005, with Rev. Cellis Crum officiating. Three songs, "The Old Rugged Cross," "Where Roses Never Fade," and "Medals for Mothers," were sung by the Rowden Family at the funeral service. Cherri Crump read a special reading from the family about Mary's life. Both services were held at the Vienna Chapel of the Birmingham-Martin Funeral Homes. Interment followed at the Union Hill Cemetery, near Vienna.
Pallbearers included Carrell Hohenstreet, Francis Hohenstreet, Doug Smith, Jim Smith, Bill Braden and Buel Hutchison. Honorary pallbearers included Joe Henry Copeland, Eddie Duke, Gene Helms, and Bill Duke.
All arrangements were under the direction of the Birmingham-Martin Funeral Home in Vienna.
Carrell Duke (1890 - 1973)
Catherine Louise Weider Duke (1893 - 1957)
Homer Edison Adkins (1912 - 2001)
Infant Son Duke (1917 - 1917)*
Mary Adaliada Duke Adkins (1919 - 2005)
Joseph C. Duke (1921 - 1996)*
Madeline Marcella Duke Copeland (1922 - 2000)*
Frances Virginia Duke Hohenstreet (1924 - 2001)*
Raymond Francis Duke (1926 - 1973)*
Union Hill Baptist Church Cemetery
Created by: Juanita Sloan Lowrance
Record added: Jan 21, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13082713