Mother and Daddy



Kelsey G. and Lillie M. (Robbins) Adams


        Mother and Daddy began their lives together in Letcher County, Kentucky.  In his biography, Daddy recorded his first impressions of Mother.  “A business moved into town, and the people that owned it moved just two houses from where I worked; but the most interesting thing to me was the beautiful girl I saw around the house.  I believe she saw me too!  We didn’t waste much time getting acquainted, and after over thirty years, six grown children and nine grandchildren, we are still married and ‘acquainted.’“

In their younger years

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 At his death in 1979 they had been married over 48 years.   The grandchildren had increased to 15, and the great-grandchildren are continuing to increase.  There are now three great-great grandchildren. 

 They started their family with twins that were born prematurely and didn’t survive.

Kelsey Ray and Alice Mae

They ended with another set of twins which were the little “stars” of their small town as Mother pushed the double baby buggy up the street.

         They established a clothing store and shoe repair business in the small town of Jenkins where they settled shortly after they were married.  Mother came from a “shoe cobbler” family and could “cobble” with best of them.  In addition to being a busy mom, she helped run the businesses as well, but neither were ever too busy to be active in their church and held many positions over the years.

   Daddy’s favorite pastime was having Bible discussions with his friends who stopped by the business.  Mother’s was just “mothering” everyone who crossed her path.  She was always available when a new baby came to a neighbor and wherever she was needed.  “Stranger” was just not in her vocabulary.


When the coal-mining town of Jenkins began to wan of business prospects, they moved to Detroit where Daddy opened up a shoe repair shop in downtown Detroit.  Mother worked for McKesson & Robbins and retired after twenty years.  After they retired, they returned to Kentucky where they lived until their deaths. 


Daddy on their balcony on Campbell Street in Detroit

Relaxing in  on the pier at Crescent Lake, Florida, one of the few times they were able to go on vacation.  I took them to Crescent City where we visited my sister-in-law.



Among my (Delores) memories are the ones of traveling with Daddy when he drove to other cities and even in other counties to collect shoes to repair and return them.  He also picked up dry cleaning for his friend, Ray Mullins, who had a dry cleaning plant near our place. 

What great fun we had!  The shoes and clothes would fill up the back seat to the very top of the back of the front seat.  Sometimes I would climb up on the top of them and have a nap coming home. 

  Daddy left us in June, 1979 and Mother left us on Thanksgiving Day, 1998. They were dearly loved and greatly missed. 



Mother's Testimony

 (April, 1941)


“My husband, Kelsey, would go to church almost every night, and I would go to bed.  He would come home and wake me up and tell me about the service.  I would get a little bit aggravated, but I didn’t have the heart to not listen.  He said, “You should hear that preacher.  He sure does preach the Word.” 

Well, I did finally go with him one night and sat in the very back.  One day we had to go some place and it was almost church time.  I said, “Hon, I will go to church like I am if you will.”  So we went.  After about two weeks, we kept moving up a little closer. 

On Good Friday before Easter, 1941, I went to the altar; and when I got up, it looked like someone had put 100-watt bulbs in every light in the church.  It felt like someone had taken something as heavy as a piano off my back.  And there was not one hypocrite in the church!  That is the way we should always be, let God look through our eyes.”


August 30 Birthday number 76


Did you get up this morning
  with a frown on your face?
Or did you get up with your heart
  full of God's Love and Grace?
Your day will be much brighter
And your heart lighter too,
If you say, "Good morning, Jesus,
  I am ready to walk with you."

                    ........Lillie M. Adams

On Thanksgiving morning, 1998, Lillie got up and said, “Good Morning, Jesus.”  He said “Good morning, Lillie.  Why don’t you just come on up here and have breakfast with me.” 

She did.

(This was printed on her obituary.)

Read Mother's Writings

While cleaning out her garage, Lorinda ran across an essay she had written to nominate Mother for "Mother of the Year."  She doesn't remember exactly the year, maybe she will later.  The essay is below.

Why I Would Like For My Mother to Be

“Mother of the Year”

By Lorinda (Adams) Grubbs


For the past several years, Mother has had so much heartache because of some difficult problems our family has gone through.

I have watched her deal with sickness, death and sorrow, and at the same time I have seen her faith in God grow stronger and stronger.  She is such an inspiration to me.

We don’t get to see each other as often as we would like to, because she moved to Kentucky almost twenty years ago.  Since then there have been many times that I longed for a chance to sit down and just talk to her when I would have a problem.  However, it is during these times that I realized even more that she had introduced me to a Friend who would be with me when she couldn’t be—Jesus; a Friend who would always understand and take care of every need.

She is loving, unselfish and caring, not only to her family, but to others around her. 

I would love to see her receive this recognition for “Mother of the Year.”

Proverbs 31:30 says, “favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.” 





Daddy’s Testimony

“I have been born again.  I am a new creature in Christ Jesus.  All things have become new.  The things I used to love, I now hate; the things I used to hate I now love.”

“I was at a meeting in Scott County, Virginia, and received the experience of Eternal Life.  If I could get one more experience just like I received, through any kind of weather, I would get down on my hands and knees and crawl from here to Scott County.  And this thought just flashed through me:  I would be willing to be as though I had never been born, if by this means it would cause some person to receive Eternal Life that didn’t have a chance of receiving Eternal Life.  I know that God does not require anything like that though.  This experience occurred in 1929.”

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