Eleanor “Millie” Adams, of Isanti, formerly of Ogilvie, passed away on Monday, January 20, 2015 at the Solbakken Assisted Living in rural Isanti, MN. She was 90 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ogilvie with Pastor Marc Freiberg Sr. officiating.
VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.
Eleanor Mildred “Millie” Adams was born November 12, 1924, to Edward and Ida (Quam) Hagen. She grew up and married Phillip Gause and they had three sons together. After Millie and Phillip parted, Millie met William (Bill) Adams. The story of their life together began with a deep love and the blessing of two daughters. Millie worked as a C.N.A. in Coon Rapids, MN. When the family moved to Ogilvie, MN in 1969, Millie and Bill purchased two gas stations. Millie assisted in the care and maintenance of both stations and Bill was the mechanic. She was a devoted housewife and mother.
Millie made many friendships. She and Bill loved bowling; they were members of the American Legion and enjoyed attending events in their community. They lived in Coon Rapids and then in Ogilvie from 1969-91. They retired in Arizona and Bill passed in AZ in 1999. In 2000, Millie moved to Mora, MN with her dog, Laddie and her cat, Mama-Kitty. They lived with her daughter, Fran, and son-in-law, Jim, for several happy years. Millie loved to go shopping with her daughter. She enjoyed seeing her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. When Millie needed assisted living, she moved to Sunshine Villa in Mora. After a year, she moved to Solbakken Assisted Living in Isanti County, MN. During the 5 years that she lived there, Millie enjoyed the homey atmosphere of her country style home. The residents and staff at Solbakken became like family to her. Millie enjoyed the beauty of Solbakken both esthetically, and as the loving home and family of her heart. Millie celebrated her 90th Birthday at Solbakken. She enjoyed birthday cake and ice cream and loved having so many family and friends in attendance on her special day. As a family, we have all been blessed by her smile, her kind heart, and her ability to love us unconditionally. She will be missed. We know that her husband, son, and daughter, who preceded her in death, are now smiling at heaven’s door to invite her into her new home with them.
Millie was preceded in death by her parents; husband Bill; daughter Sandra Adams; son David Adams; grandson Dean Carlson Jr.; granddaughter Shawna Stebe; sister Selma Woldstad; brother Stan Hagen; niece Marion Cannon; nephew Tim Carlson Jr.; a half-sister Pearl and two half-brothers Ernest and Gale.
She is survived by sons John Gause and Richard (Donna) Adams; daughter Fran (James) Carter; grandchildren Loretta Loyd, Thomas and David Gause, Austin, Chris and Dominick Adams, David, William and Richard Beaulieu, Robin (Paul) Rowland, and Troy (Amy) Carlson. Also surviving are 18 great-grandchildren, several step grandchildren and step great grandchildren, plus several nephews and nieces.
Funeral service was held on Saturday, January 24th at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ogilvie with Rev. Marc Freiberg, Sr. officiating. Music was by Karen Kirschner-Danielson. Pallbearers were Gary Hanson, Troy Carlson, Rick Kram, Jim Deglmann, Scott McDowell, Casey Kullmann, Bill Beaulieu and John Beaulieu. Honorary pallbearers were Ernie Bergstrom, David Beaulieu, Rick Beaulieu and Tim Carlson. Burial will be at a later date at Graceland Cemetery in Ogilvie.