Adaline Kirk, daughter of Mitchel and Rachel Kirk, of Tennessee, was born May 28, 1847. She was united in marriage to Francis Crittenden January 15, 1867. To this union were born nine children, six boys and three girls. One girl died in infancy. Alva, the youngest boy, died in 1914. Five boys, William, Stephen, Carrol, Murray and Walter Crittenden, and two girls, Alevia, wife of O.A. Greenshaw, and Luda, wife of John Qualls, still survive. Besides her children she leaves her aged husband, one brother, Jasper Kirk of Cora City, Illinois, 19 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren to mourn her departure.
She was a kind and loving mother, always trying to help in the house. On February 5, 1925, she fell, breaking her right limb, and was helpless for five months. She became able to walk on crutches but on November 2, 1925 she suffered a nervous breakdown and was confined to her bed until her death on January 30, 1926, at the age of 78 years, 10 months and 2 days.
In her early life she joined the Baptist Church at Dry Hill and later joined the Baptist church of Cambria, Illinois, of which she is now a member. She was taken back to Rockwood and buried at Unity on Pleasant Ridge. The sermon text was John 20: 19-31.
‘Whose love can equal the love of a mother?
Whose the devotion so tender and true?
Who suffers so much with such joy for another?
Who works with such pleasure as mother for you?
You hail with delight the friendship of others;
You revel in love of the sweetheart you’ve won–
Yet where do you find a friendship like mother’s
Unbroken till death calls, and life’s work is done?’
—-Her daughter, Luda.”
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