■ Idalene Adams
Home: East Gull Lake.
Volunteer activities: “I used to play Mrs. Claus for Good Samaritan Society-Bethany for four years. I was the first volunteer for hospice in Brainerd at St. Joseph’s (Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center). I’ve always loved helping the people who came in. They were so nervous and we would visit and I’d take them to where they needed to go.
“I also belong to a sewing club at Bethel Lutheran Church on South Long Lake. My mom used to belong to the sewing club. Over a period of years we made more than 700 blankets that are donated to the Shriners.
Did you work in your younger days: “I worked with my late husband Nick decades ago. Nick started Lindy-Little Joe tackle company with Ron and Al Lindner. I started out in the mill and I worked there until he (Nick) fired me. So I started volunteering after that.”
Family: “My husband died on Christmas Day last year. He told the kids that he was going to die on Christmas Day. We have seven children, 19 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren and two on the way.”
Cook: “My kitchen and I are good friends. I started baking when I was 13. I make eight to 10 loaves of bread every two weeks. I used to make it every week. My husband’s favorite is flax bread and the kids like plain white.”
Favorite meal: Greek spaghetti.
Nick’s favorite cookie: Sugar cookies.
Something that people don’t know about you: “I can’t answer that. I’m a very social person.”
What are you working on now: “I am making dolls out of clothes pins. I just started and I got a package of 50 and I have 10 left.”
What else: “I was the mayor of East Gull Lake and I also took first place in the Sourdough Sally Sled Dog Races in 1990.”