Eleanor W. Adams

November 5, 1922February 23, 2010

Dorothy Eleanor Adams, resident of Austin since 1953, born to Weaver Porter and Mildred Josephine Williams November 5, 1922 in Montgomery, LA, passed away Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 10:00pm. with her 5 children at her side.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, John William Adams of Indianapolis, IN, veteran of WWII, beloved sister, Madeline Elizabeth Erwin of Montgomery, LA, and dearly beloved grandchild, Terri K. Brittain. Eleanor is survived by her 5 children, Wendi M. Adams of Austin, TX, Diane K. Brittain (Chuck) of Round Rock, TX, John Q. Adams (Mary) of Austin, TX, Sherry M. Bice (Craig) of Victoria, TX and Patsy A. Garza (Tony) of College Station, TX, and 9 grandchildren: Penny Brittain, Lissa Adams, Megan Adams, Clark Bice (Julie),Tyler Bice, Jason Tilby, Brooke Tilby, Chad Tilby, Garrett Garza, 2 nieces, Margie Waughtel (Doyle) and Anita Howald of Indianapolis, IN., and 1st cousin, Louise Pratt of Corpus Christi, TX.

John and Eleanor married September 4, 1942 and settled in Indianapolis, IN where their first 3 children were born. They moved to Austin, TX in 1953 where their last 2 children were born. They very soon became active members of Crestview United Methodist Church. Eleanor retired from the Texas State Attorney General’s Office. Since moving to Austin, she soon became a loyal fan of University of Texas sports, especially football and men’s and women’s basketball.

The family wishes to express very deep gratitude to the management and staff of the Pflugerville Care Center for the tireless and loving care given to our mother/grandmother for so long. It takes very special human qualities to give good care to those who cannot care for themselves. Special thanks to Lighthouse Hospice nurse Cherie Adams, and aide, Pam, whose love, care and support for the family was invaluable. Pallbearers will be: Grandsons: Jason Tilby, Chad Tilby, Clark Bice and Tyler Bice, as well as beloved family friends, Mr. Steve Short and Mr. Kelly Cloud. Honorary Pallbearers: Penny Brittain, Brooke Tilby, Garrett Garza, Lissa Adams, and Megan Adams; Mr. Foster Smith and Mr. Robert Ward.

Visitation will be on Friday, February 26, 2010 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 North Lamar, Austin, TX. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 10:00 am at Cook-Walden Funeral Home. Burial Services will be held afterward at Austin Memorial Park cemetery, 2800 Hancock Drive, Austin, TX 78731.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Crestview United Methodist Church, American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association or Lighthouse Hospice.



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Diane Brittain

May 7, 2010

Dear Mom,
As Mother's Day nears,my heart is growing heavy,realizing that this will be our first one without you. I miss you everyday, as you were so much of my life, since Daddy and Terri K died. I don't have any regrets and hope you know that whatever I did, I made the best decisions for you, with love.
Well we are, all 5 of us orphans,I guess that we were lucky to have you all as long as we did and you never had to see one of us go before you.
Take care of the rest of the family till we one day see you all again.

I love you,


J.Q. Adams

May 6, 2010

Happy Mother's Day Mom! Miss you bunches. Thank you for being you.

I love you, Q.

Dick & Mary Lee Reid

February 28, 2010

Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Eleanor Adams. The services were heart warming, personal and a fitting tribute to this woman who was beloved by all. We know that you will miss her greatly but her memory will always occupy a special place in your hearts.

Eleanor(Nana) Adams

February 27, 2010

To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
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John Quincy Adams

February 26, 2010

I will miss you mom! I love you! and please keep watching over us. Your in good hands now, so, enjoy!
love, jq