Gone From My Sight
by Henry Van Dyke
I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side,
spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts
for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength.
I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck
of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.
Then, someone at my side says, “There, she is gone.”
Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast,
hull and spar as she was when she left my side.
And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.
Her diminished size is in me — not in her.
And, just at the moment when someone says, “There, she is gone,”
there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices
ready to take up the glad shout, “Here she comes!”
And that is dying…
Eunice A. Adams, quietly slipped away March 11, 2015, after a brief illness with her family at her side. She is now soaring with Eagles. Born August 4, 1924, she lived a long, beautiful life of 90 years.
She was a Proud member of the Upper Mattaponi Indian Tribe all her life. Her father, Jasper, was the Chief 50+ years. She served as Secretary of the tribe for many years. She was retired from Norshipco after 28 years. Her joy was being a Wife to Moses, and Mother to her son, James S. “Jimmy” Adams. She then became the BEST Grandma to her grandchildren: Aaron, Jason, Jesse and Hunter. She had 3 great grandchildren: Donovan, Samantha and Whitney.
She spent many years in her volunteer work and clubs such as the Alpha Iota Sorority, and the Pilot Club. She was a member of The Chesapeake General Auxiliary. She was voted Woman of Chesapeake in 1988.
She was predeceased by her parents, Jasper and Molly Adams; her husband, Moses and all of her siblings.
She leaves behind her son, Jimmy and his wife Karen; all of her grandchildren, great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and neighbors whom she dearly loved. Family was a very important part of Eunice’s life. If there was a family get-together, you know you’d find Eunice in the middle. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Upper Mattaponi Culture Center.
Visitation will be held at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Indian River Chapel from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, 2015, and at B.W. White Funeral Home, Aylette, VA from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 15, 2015. Funeral service will be held at Indian View Baptist Church in King William, VA at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2015. Condolences may be offered to the family at http://www.hollomon-brown.com/obituary?id=1490413.