Mother and Daddy
Kelsey G. and Lillie M. (Robbins)
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
their family with twins that were born prematurely
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.
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
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
left us in June, 1979 and Mother left us on Thanksgiving Day, 1998. They were
dearly loved and greatly missed.
“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
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
August 30 Birthday number
GOOD MORNING, JESUS
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.”
(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
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
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.”
“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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