Polk County Area Obits
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DEATH CLAIMS MRS. HARDAKER - Lakeland Evening Ledger and Star Telegram,ThursdayMarch 19, 1931 -
Funeral Services Friday Morning from Catholic Church, A death which is causing widespread sorrow in Lakeland occurred yesterday when Mrs. LaRome Hardaker passsed away at Morrell Memorial hospital. Solemn requiem high mass will be held tomorrow mornng at 9 o'clock from St. Joseph's Catholic church with Father M. J. Farley, celebrant,
assisted by Father Aloysius and Father Thomas,both of St. Leo.
 Interment will be in Roselawn Cemetery.
 [She is buried with her sister in the Adams Plot]  Mrs. Hardaker is survived by
one son, Robert Max Hardaker of Ocala,
one sister, Mrs. Mary R. Adams,[MY GRANDMOM} and two brothers, H.C.McMullen, Sanford and C.CMcMullen
Houston, Texas. Mrs. Hardaker, who was 53 [I think 58]  years of age , lived in Florida practically all her life, coming to this state from New Jersey when a small child.  She conducted a boarding house in Lakeland
for many years and was beloved by a large circle of friends.
Smith and Dukes are in charge of funeral arrangements.- View early photo of  LaRome "Romie" Hardaker
John Quincy Adams -
Many friends of J.Q.Adams will be shocked and grieved to learn of his death which occured yesterday morning at 4:00 at his home on Lake Wire. Mr Adams was 57 years old and has lived in Lakeland about 32 years, being one of the Pioneer settlers.
He came here from South Carolina and has many friends who will learn with regret of his death, and he also has 3 sisters living in Carolinas.
The funeral services were conducted at the residence this morning at 10:00 by Rev. Entzminger, and interment was made in;
Roselawn Cemetery, in Lakeland.
He leaves to mourn him a devoted wife. Mrs. Mary R. Adams, and
6 children; Misses Bessie, Edna, Evelyn, Maude,and Grace.and Loyd Adams, all of whom were home except Evelyn, who is attending school in Tallahassee and was unable to make connections in time for the funeral.

Mrs. Mary R. Adams - Lakeland Ledger Nov. 28, 1960 -
Mrs. Mary Rebecca Adams, 93,  of 524 W. PeachTree died Yesterday  morning at a local nursing home. She was a native of New Jersey, and moved to Lakeland in 1882 from Largo.She was a member of the First Baptist Church. Mrs. Adams is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Carl E. Barber and Mrs. E. M Powell, both of Lakeland and Mrs. Evelyn Hunter of Auburndale; a son Lloyd Adams of Ocala; ten grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren.
Services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock
from the chapel of
Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home.
 Rev Arthur Rich, pastor of First Baptist Church, will officiate.
Burial will be at Roselawn Cemetery. 
Friends may call from 7 to 9  p m today at the funeral Home.

John Q.& Mary Adams  photo of:
 John Q. & Mary R.    Adams    
Bessie Adams Kimler  Mrs. Bessie Adams
  Kimler:35 yrs.
 ( photo from 1912 )
 (Lakeland Star-Telegram,  Tuesday,April 13, 1926.)
   Funeral services for Mrs.  Kimler who dies Monday  morning at the home of her  mother, Mrs.Mary R. Adams, of Peachtree St. Dr. Porter M.Bailies will conduct the services and interment will be made in Roselawn Cemetery, with Sherrill and Smith in chare.
 Mrs.Kimler is survived by her husband;M.F.Kimler of Sarasoto and in addition to her mother the following sisters and brothers; Miss Grace Adams of N.Y., Miss Maude Adams of Lakeland; Mrs. W.M.Hunter of Groveland-Adams,; Mrs. Carl Barber and Lloyd.
 Mrs.Kimler was a native Lakeland girl, having been born and reared here, and possessed a wide circle of friends who will miss her dearly. Her family has the sympathy of the community.

 Lakeland -( Martha will be missed by many. )
  Martha Elaine Powell dies Friday, Dec. 30, 2011 at her Lakeland home. Martha was born, November 18, 1928 to the late ERNEST M. and MAUDE ADAMS POWELL in the phosphate mining town of Brewster, Florida. After 11 years of school in Brewster, Martha graduated in 1946 from Mulberry High School. She then earned a BS Degree in Dietetics in 1950 from FSU where she was an active member of Alpha Xi Delta Faternity.
  Following a one year internship at Vanderbilt, Martha worked as a dietitian at Monroe Memorial Hospital in Ocala, at Mound Park Hospital St. Petersburg, and at Lakeland General Hospital ( now LRMC ). In 1968  she and 5 other dietitians formed a group called Focus to serve several nursing homes and small hospitals in the Polk County area. In 1980 she became Head Dietitian at Polk General Hospital, Bartow, retiring in 1991.
  Mrs. Powell was active many years in American Dietetic Association, Polk County Nutrition Commission and Cypress Dietetic Association  of Polk County. She was also an active member of her local AAUW, the Alpha Xi Delta Alumni Association, and Altrusa Club of Polk County where she was named Woman of the Year in 1973. Martha served on the voting polls for many years, and was honored as a " 13 gallon doner by the local blood bank.
   Since 2000 Martha was involved in planning bi-annual reunions of her hometown of Brewster, coordinating a contact list of over 500 individuals and maintaining a Brewster website. She had a life-long love affair with her dogs and cats, and treasured her many friends and neighbors.
  Martha is survived by her sister, Stephanie Cecil ( Richard ) of Charlotte, NC.; niece Karen Lowery Cline and fiance Scott Lemieux of St. Petersburg; nephews,Benjamin and Jonathan Cecil, and niece Sara Cecil, all of Charlotte; nephews, David Lowery of Lakeland and Christopher Lowery ( Jennifer ) of Marion, Michigan; and grand-nieces Brittney and Breanne Cline and Mercedes Lowery.
 Martha was predeceased by her sister Janet Lowery in 2006  and her parents.
 The faily redieved friends and visitors Wed. Jan. 4th. 2012 at Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home, Southside Chapel, 1727 Bartow Road, Lakeland. Pastor Jeffrey Karns from Grace Brethren Church will lead the service on Wed. at the funeral home.
 Interment followed at Laeland Memorial Gardens.

obit donated by: S.P.Cecil  
photo,s with permission of use

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