Gayle (Milliken) Adkins, 66, of Clinton, died Thursday, September 20, 2012 after a long, courageous battle against cancer.|
She was born on October 12, 1945 in Elyria, to Vida and Carl Milliken. Gayle graduated from Bay High School in 1963 and continued her education at Ohio University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 1967. She fondly reminisced on her days at OU as a member of the Sigma Kappa sorority, and in later years was often heard saying, "Ahhh, Athens
land of my youth." A supporter of higher education, Gayle received a Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University in 1988.
She pursued her career as a social worker in Cleveland, where she met and married her husband of 43 years, Joseph F. Adkins. For over 38 years, she was an advocate for improving the lives of those without a voice; children, the mentally ill and the impover-ished.
She enjoyed spending time with family, watching sports, coaching girls softball in Jackson Twp., Ohio, games of chance, and a solid interest in politics. A perennial optimist, she encouraged her grandkids to "have faith
this would be the year" that her beloved Indians, Browns and Buckeyes would win the championship.
She is survived by her husband, Joseph Adkins of Clinton, Ohio; brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Emily Milliken; three daughters, Tracy Adkins of Lexington Kentucky, Patricia (Scott) Pawlikowski of Loveland, Ohio and Leslie (Gerard) Flohr; nine grandchildren, Anthony, Christopher, Joseph, Zachary, Abigail, Catherine, Hannah, Luke and Lillian; and many other nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Vida Milliken; sister, Irene Porter; and brothers, Robert Milliken and Ronald Milliken.
Friends will be received Sunday, September 23 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Swigart-Easterling Funeral Home, 624 East Cherry St., Canal Fulton Ohio. Mass will be held by Reverend David Majikas, 10 a.m. Monday, September 24 at St. Augustine's in Barberton, followed by a brunch at St. Andrew's in Barberton. A burial service will be held for family on Monday at Sunset Memorial Park in North Olmsted. The family is grateful for all of the support we've received through this battle, and would especially like to thank the Hospice of the Western Reserve for their caring support. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Summit County Children's Services Beds for Kids Program ((330) 379-2055) or the
Swigart-Easterling, 330-854-2356 www.swigarteasterlingfuneralhome.com
Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Sept. 22, 2012