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Object Name Recording, Audio
Title Adams, Lena Tinsley, 1929-2015
Date 1997
Scope & Content Interview by Alexis Arena of Lena Tinsley Adams (b. 04/26/1929), daughter of Robert & Mary Tinsley.

Digital copy available. You can listen to a portion of the interview in this clip: Click Here
Start time Subject
00:00:25 parents died by her age of 5 yrs., her father was kind and generous
00:02:30 mother finished 2nd or 3rd grade
00:02:35 foster mom (her aunt), no education, but extremely intelligent
00:04:25 raised by foster parents, very kind to her
00:04:50 father ran a general store, worked there and drove delivery truck at age 13
00:05:20 moved to OH while in, was reading way beyond her grade level. grade school was easy for her
00:06:35 brother-in-law saved $10K for her college ed., did not use it, waste for women to spend on college
00:07:14 married at 20 yrs, husband was 23 yrs. both wanted family
00:08:30 husband worked for border patrol, moved many times, difficult with 4 little children, not much pay, was contented
00:10:50 highlight of year was border patrol picnic, great social event, children received small toys, exciting for all
00:13:40 children learned Spanish when they lived in Brownsville, TX, learned French when living at northern tip of NY state
00:18:55 housewife of 1950's and 60's did domestic work
00:19:35 after all children were in school, got a job and enjoyed social contacts
00:22:08 isolated life was difficult, no help in child rearing, husband not expected to help in that time
00:23:40 easier at this time of life, major responsibilities for children are over, children are good people
00:24:30 feels blessed with her wonderful life
00:27:30 wishes she would have been more assertive as a young person, felt unappreciated, wishes she would have had a profession
00:28:35 ideal age would be 10 years younger, had more energy then
00:29:22 end of audio

Notes Obituary:
Schwenksville, Pa. - Lena T. Adams, 86, formerly of Warren [Ohio], passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, at the Greenville Senior Living Center in Schwenksville.

Lena was born April 26, 1929, in Pineville, Ky., and relocated with her family to Warren when she was 12. In 1950, she married Miles G. Adams, also of Warren, at the Methodist Church in Southington.

Lena and Miles were married for more than 60 years and had four children, John, Kathy, Susan and William. Miles passed away in 2011. They had nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was a magnificent mother to her children and a devoted, loving wife.

In the mid-fifties, Miles joined the federal service, which kept them moving around the country every few years. It wasn't until he retired in the 70s that they were able to finally settle on the family farm in Southington. There they started an apple orchard, Adams Apples, which kept them busy for almost 20 years. Lena was a voracious reader and loved to travel about in their RV.

A memorial service honoring Lena's life was held Wednesday, October 7, 2015, at the Southington Methodist Church on the 65th anniversary of her marriage to Miles. Lena had a truly wonderful life and was beloved by everyone who was fortunate enough to meet her.

(Tribune Chronical, Warren, OH)
Object ID # 2013.25.1
Source Gift of S. Duane Kauffman
Collection Christopher Dock HS Oral History Tapes