Gretta L. Adkins, 90, of Hull, Ill., passed away Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at Barry Community Care Center in Barry, Ill.
Gretta was born June 24, 1930, in rural Hull to Russell and Ruth (Haydon) Shinn. Gretta's father died in 1944 leaving Ruth and her three daughters to try and make a go of it on their small dairy farm. As the eldest child, Gretta acquired a work ethic that never diminished.
Gretta married Wayne Adkins in 1948 on a honeymoon trip to Lawton, Okla. Thereafter she accompanied him, keeping house and raising the kids, as he pursued his career around the country. In 2006 they returned to Hull, building a home on a small part of the farm that Gretta grew up on.
Gretta was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne; daughter, Mia Fleegel; son-in-law, Carl Fleegel; and sister, Doris Bliss. Survivors include her son, Russell Adkins; grandchildren, Laurie (David) Cooper, Kathryn (William) Timmons and John (Michelle) Fleegel; great-grandchildren, Savannah and Charlotte Cooper and William and Anna Fleegel; and sister, Betty Dunker.
There will be no public services, according to Gretta's wishes.
Memorial contributions may be made in Gretta's name to Akers Chapel Cemetery, P.O. Box 136, Hull, IL 62343.