Lenora Adams used to say that she thought death was like a caterpillar becoming a butterfly, except that people become angels. On Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, Lenora, age 85, became an angel.
She was born at home in Standing Stone in 1928, the first child of Wesley Mulnix and Marion Meteer Mulnix. Her father soon bought a dairy farm outside of Rummerfield, and she grew up there with four sisters and one brother.
When Lenora was a teenager, her mother left the family, and she became responsible for raising her siblings. Her parents’ divorce, relatively rare in those days, became a topic of vicious gossip, making Lenora’s burden at home even more difficult.
She went to Camptown High School, where she played on the girls’ basketball team and graduated in 1946. Always a proud Camptown lady, she looked forward each summer to seeing old friends at the Camptown Alumni Association banquet.
In 1955 she married Donald E. Adams of Sayre, a carpenter by trade. She worked with him building their house in Athens Township, and she took joy in furnishing it, always on a frugal budget, sometimes with artwork she created or old furniture she refinished.
In raising their two children, Dale and Darlene, she actively supported their many interests and activities, whether it was sewing costumes for Darlene’s dance recitals or cheering on Dale when he ran track. Once she even agreed to explore a cave with young Dale—until the landowner chased them away.
She and Don were also good role models of entrepreneurship and self-sufficiency. In the 1970s, Lenora started a business at home stripping the finish off old furniture, first soaking each piece in a tank of heated lye water—not easy work—but it gave the family extra money during tough times.
Over the years, Lenora enjoyed gardening, quilting, bowling and camping in their RV, traveling over much of the East Coast and maritime Canada. She and Don square danced for many years and were charter members of the Penny Promenaders.
In the 1970s, her aging mother moved to the Valley with her second husband, putting Lenora in the position of caring for them in their twilight years. She did this faithfully, with only a bit of grumbling, helping them through their decline as a loving daughter.
As Lenora herself dealt with cancer and other issues over the last several years, her husband and children have been there to care for her, and they were with her at home during her last days. The family very much appreciates the support they received from Guthrie Hospice.
Besides her husband and children, Lenora is survived by two sisters, Lyda McGarvey and Dorothy Webb, and a brother, Wesley Duane Mulnix, who all still see her as their second mother. There are as well numerous loving in-laws and nephews and nieces. Last, but not least, is her little dog Angel, who spent the daytime on her lap and the nighttime cuddling with her in bed.
Instead of a funeral, the family will hold a celebration of her life at a later date. Please express your condolences directly to the family. Rather than sending flowers, please make donations in Lenora’s name to either Guthrie Hospice or the Waverly United Methodist Church.
Lenora was fond of an ABBA tune, “I Have a Dream,” especially these lyrics:
I have a dream, a song to sing, to help me cope with anything
If you see the wonder of the fairy tale, you can take the future even if you fail
I believe in angels, something good in everything I see
I believe in angels, when I know the time is right for me
I’ll cross the stream, I have a dream.