Adela Virginia Luckingham, age 92, has gone home peacefully to be with her Lord on September 14, 2020. Del, as most knew her, was born on September 5, 1928 in Hartford, CT to Swedish immigrants, Andrew and Julia Larson. She eloped in New York City to Ruel “Lucky” Luckingham in the 11th hour just before he was enlisted in the Army on September 30, 1941. They enjoyed a very long and deeply loving marriage for 70 years. Del was predeceased by her Sister and two brothers: Violet Bull, Gilbert and Harry Larson. She is survived by her son, Stephen Luckingham and “adopted daughter” Sharon Christman as well as her grandsons Daniel Luckingham, Michael Luckingham and his wife Brooke, along with 3 grandchildren, Ashley, Brittany and Michael Junior. Being married to a man with 5 siblings as well as 3 of her own constitutes a long list of several “in-laws,” nieces and nephews, too many to note here, but recognized as being important and special to her as well as her being important and special to them. Being married to an officer in the United States Air Force was both rewarding and challenging for her. Moving frequently was always exciting and unnerving at the same time. She was a great mother at helping her son, Steve, to make frequent adjustments to new environments and schools. Her greatest character asset was how she made people feel very welcomed and comfortable in her presence. She judged no one, always seeing the best in others. She took in many people under duress to live with us no matter where we lived in the U.S. Del made friends quickly and gained people’s trust instantly. Her second greatest character asset was the ability to create amazing things with ordinary objects she found around the house or in the woods. Many social gatherings will be remembered by the “themes” she would come up with. For her grandsons, Daniel and Michael, she made an 18-hole miniature golf course in the woods in the back yard. She learned how to use a computer when she was 78 years old, quite a remarkable skill in light of how most people her age were afraid of it. As a result, she was able to write emails, photoshop pictures, create cards, and having learned Microsoft Word, she wrote her Autobiography as well as a children’s story. When she lived in Hawaii, she learned the hula as well as acquired skill in painting. Del was playful, turning challenging situations into joyous ones, simply with her sparkling eyes, infectious smile and warm disposition. Her third greatest character asset was her obsession with cleanliness. As her son, I knew I was special because she allowed me to walk around her spotless house barefoot. Her kitchen floor was cleaner than a hospital ER to the point where you could drop a meatball on it and put it right in your mouth without any concern for “The 5 Second Rule” as it would take hours for any bacteria to discover it. Lastly, her love for her family and friends was as deep and profound as they come. Not being the recipient of that will be significantly missed by all of those who crossed her path. Rest in eternal peace most blessed lady, until we meet again. For those of you who might like to visit Dad (He’s bed ridden now), he’s at Norah’s Place 57 Elm Street Rockville, CT. Best time to visit is between 1pm and 4pm. Some of you have asked about honoring mom. Being the wife of a USAF military officer, consider sending your gift to the Veteran’s Administration. https://egov.ct.gov/dvadonations
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