Frances Louise Rabeck Adams

Published 2:20 pm Friday, June 24, 2011

Frances Louise Rabeck Adams, 87, passed away June 23, 2011 at University Village Nursing Center, Tampa, Fla. Services are Tuesday June 28, 2011 at the First United Methodist Church of Demopolis. The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. with the service immediately following with Dr. Art Luckie officiating. Burial will follow in Demopolis Memorial Gardens and Kirk Funeral Homes Demopolis Chapel directing.

Mrs. Adams is survived by her daughter, Jean Marie Adams and life partner Carolyn Woodard, of Land O’Lakes, FL; grandchildren, Elaine Emerson Adams, of Chattanooga, Benjamin Edward Adams and his wife, Amanda, of Chattanooga; great granddaughters, Emerson Kaydan and Raleigh Makenna Adams, and her daughter-in-law Judith Gay Dewitt, all of Chattanooga, Tenn.

Mrs. Adams was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Ray Adams Jr., Executive Vice President and Director of Gulf States Paper, in Demopolis, and her son, Bruce Edward Adams, Executive Vice President of the Business Group for First Tennessee Bank in Chattanooga, Tenn. Also preceded by her son, Bruce Edward Adams, who passed in 2010.

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Mrs. Adams was born in Olympia Washington and attended Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore. where she and Walt became sweethearts. They were married in New York by a Navy Chaplin in 1945. She and Walt moved from Washington in 1953 to Jesup, GA and then to Demopolis. Mrs. Adams was a resident of Demopolis from 1957 to 1976 and 1984 until 2008 when she moved to Tampa, Florida. During 1976 to 1984 she resided in Tuscaloosa.

While in Demopolis, Mrs. Adams was a member of the First United Methodist Church and was active in Circle, Sunday school, and the church Bazaar. Mrs. Adams was also a member of the Tuesday Afternoon Bridge Club and the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution). She enjoyed traveling, especially cruises with Walt, and genealogy.

Frances was a loving wife, a doting mother, and the epitome of a “home”-maker. Dedicated to God and family, she passed along her loving and generous spirit to all she encountered. She lived her life with grace and dignity, as a proper lady, all the while graciously enduring the pranks and laughter of her adoring husband, and loving family.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to First United Methodist Church, 200 East Decatur, Demopolis, AL 36732, or a charity of the donor’s choice.