Our Mother, Virginia Mae Sprague Adams
The one who bears the sweetest name and adds a luster to the same
The one who shares our joys
Who cheers when sad
The greatest friend we ever had, yes no other can ever take her place, this precious soul.
Our dearest mother,
Just as God was rolling back the evening's draperies over the western horizon,
He decided to remove one of His pearls of motherhood from her pain and suffering,
So He called the name of Virginia Mae Adams and took her with Him to her heavenly abode.
Virginia Mae Sprague was born eighty-five years ago on Feb. 13, 1921, to Chauncey and Florence Moore Sprague. The home where she spent a greater part of her girlhood was in the area of Kerr.
She joined the family of an older sister, Emma Lucille, and an older brother, George Lee Buster. Virginia Mae, affectionately known as “Ginny Mae,” remained the youngest member of her family for thirteen years, then surprise, a baby brother was born. Thomas Eugene came to complete the family circle, and remained a doting brother until his sudden demise in Feb. 18, 1997.
“Ginnie Mae” enjoyed hunting, trapping and fishing with her father and older brother. A sizable portion of her leisure time was spent in the post office/grocery store with her Mother.
During her youth, she attended the one room school of Evergreen and attended the Westerman Methodist Church at Evergreen. After completion of her Elementary Education, she became a student at Bidwell-Porter High School, where she enjoyed being an integral part of the Girls' Basketball Team.
After earning her High School diploma, she became the bride of Kenneth Adams on Jan. 27, 1940. They moved to Springfield, Ohio, where Kenneth worked on the railroad and Virginia took over the responsibilities of the love of her life - being a wife, homemaker, and mother. Those always remained first in her life.
Outside of babysitting for friends and family, she never held a job outside of her home until her family was raised and then worked at nearby Woodland Centers, where she and sister Lucille worked together.
Kenneth and Virginia became the proud parents of three boys and two girls, James K., Jack L., Stephen, Nola Florence and Vicki.
After the death of Virginia's mother, they returned to Gallia County, where in a short time, they built the home which they shared together until Kenneth's death on June 5, 1998, and Virginia's on Dec. 5, 2006.
The greatest tragedy of their married life occurred on Nov. 15, 1987, when their daughter, Nola Florence, died. This was an experience from which they never really fully recovered. The only measure which gave the necessary peace and understanding was derived from their involvement with the Prospect Baptist Church, of which they were staunch, devoted members. Her mother, father, and brothers, Buster and Tommy, and sister, Lucille, preceded her in death.
Ginny Mae loved relatives and friends and shared daily conversations.
Nothing made her happier than when their home was filled to capacity in celebration of Christmas, birthdays, Fourth of July - a house overflowing with people big and small, and a table loaded with delicious food. That will be a memory which the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren will never erase from their memories.
Survivors include children, daughters-in-law and sons-in-law: James K. and Monica Adams of Bidwell, Jack L. and Ann Adams of Vinton, Steve and Diana Adams of Vinton, and Vicki Sue and Gary Myers of Gallipolis.
Grandchildren: Virginia Carvour of Columbus, Andy Adams of Kentucky, Barbara Sinova of Texas, Jody Sickels of Gallipolis, Tandra Adams of Columbus, Arron Thomas Adams of Lexington, Ky., Stephen Adams II of South Point, Sandra Byus of Point Pleasant, W.Va., Teresa Reynolds of Eno, Jacqueline Kessinger of Gallipolis, Traci Long of Bidwell, and Jerry Brammer II of Oak Hill.
Sixteen great-grandchildren: Ava Carvour of Columbus, Thomas and Kenneth Adams of Kentucky, Chelsi Adams, Stephen Adams III, and Brandon Adams of South Point, Mackenzie and Jaden Byus of Point Pleasant, W.Va., Marcie Florence Kessinger of Gallipolis, Zach Long of Bidwell, Jerry Brammer III of Oak Hill, Jenna Brammer and Haley Brammer of Oak Hill, Isaiah Reynolds of Eno, Gracelyn Reynolds of Eno, and Cassidy and Adam Sickels of Gallipolis.
Two sisters-in-law survive: Gail Sprague of Vinton, and Patricia Sprague of Evergreen.
An aunt, her mother's sister, Marguerite Moore Hineman, lives in Gallipolis. This aunt's 94th birthday was the last celebration which Ginny Mae attended. Many family pictures were taken that evening, leaving pleasant memories for all in attendance.
Nieces, nephews, a host of cousins and other relatives are left to mourn their loss as well as an endless line of friends, who in crossing Virginia Mae's pathway sometime during her life's journey, have given and received a portion of God's fellowship, never to be forgotten.
Gone for a while
Precious Mother of mine
But your place in my heart
When Tomorrow Starts
If tomorrow starts without me, and I'm not there to see.
If the sun should rise and find your eyes all filled with tears for me,
I wish so much you wouldn't cry the way you did today,
While thinking of the many things, we didn't get to say.
I know how much you love me, as much as I love you,
And each time you think of me, I know you'll miss me too;
But when tomorrow starts without me,
Please try to understand,
That an angel came and called my name
And took me by the hand,
And said my place was ready in heaven far above,
And that I'd have to leave behind all those I dearly love.
But as I turned to walk away, a tear fell from my eye for all my life, I'd always thought, I didn't want to die.
I had so much to live for, so much left to do,
It seemed almost impossible that I was leaving you.
I thought of all that we had shared and all the fun we had.
If I could re-live yesterday, just even for a while,
I'd say goodbye and kiss you and maybe see you smile; but then I fully realized that this would never be
For emptiness and memories, would take the place of me.
And when I thought of worldly things, I might miss come tomorrow,
I thought of you, and when I did, my heart was filled with sorrow.
But when I walked through Heaven's gate,
I felt so much at home
When God looked down and smiled at me,
From His great golden throne.
He said, “This is eternity, and all I've promised you.”
Today your life on earth has passed, but here life starts anew.
I promise no tomorrow, but today will always last,
and since each day's the same,
there's no longing for the past.
You have been so faithful, so trusting and so true;
Though there were times you did some things
you know you shouldn't do.
You have been forgiven, and now at last you're free;
So won't you come and take my hand and share my life with me?
Now when tomorrow starts without me,
don't think we're far apart;
for every time you think of me,
I'm right here, in your heart.