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One month after passing of Lorraine, Pete Adkins says he's 'getting by'

Lorraine and Pete Adkins. (Photo by Chris Jarboe)

JEFFERSON CITY --- It's been one month since Lorraine Adkins passed away.

As you can imagine, it's been a very difficult month for her husband of 68 years and best friend for even longer, Pete.

"I guess time will help heal," he said. "But everything you see and touch, it's her ... it's tough."

Pete Adkins fought back tears several times during our conversation Thursday afternoon as we spoke about Lorraine, who died April 5 at the age of 88.

To say Pete's doing well would be an overstatement, but he's "getting by."

"It just seems like, you know ... ," he said, his voice trailing off. "You have to stay busy, I've found out. I'm just trying to find things to do to occupy the time, first one thing then another."

Pete's been keeping busy by working around his yard and home, watching baseball --- always the Cardinals, but he also attended the Jefferson City Jays' home game with Rock Bridge on Tuesday --- and twice going turkey hunting. He thought it would be more, but he wasn't up to it.

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