Dorothy L Adams
June 15, 1936 – June 18, 2020
Dorothy L. Adams, age 84, passed away on June 18, 2020, after bravely battling pancreatic cancer for over a year. Dorothy was born on June 15, 1936 to Gladys and James Murray. She was the middle of three children, her older brother Jimmy and her younger sister Joyce. Dorothy grew up in Conklin, New York, where she met her husband Frank Adams in the neighboring town of Corbettsville. They married on April 27, 1957 and celebrated 63 years of marriage together.
Dorothy had many jobs throughout her life. She worked at the Vestal school library in New York. She also worked at the Wyoming State Capitol Building in Cheyanne WY, and later at a CPA firm, where she became manager of the secretarial staff for multiple office locations.
Dorothy was a realtor for over 40 years, and in 2019 attained the prestigious REALTOR® Emeritus Status, given by the National Association of Realtors. During her career as a realtor, she worked for Straub realty before she founded Adams Realty of Boca Raton in 1985.
Dorothy was an avid and accomplished Bridge player and was a longtime member of the American Bridge Club. She achieved the level of Advanced NABC Master in duplicate Bridge, and was only a few out of town Bridge match wins away from achieving the rank of Life Master. One of the things she looked forward to most was spending her summers in North Carolina playing Bridge almost daily with many of her good friends. She also greatly enjoyed playing Canasta with her good friends in both Florida and North Carolina.
Dorothy held her friends and family very dear to her. She loved going on family group vacation bus tours with her husband, son, daughter-in-law and granddaughters, and she also cherished spending time at the family vacation house in Sugar Mountain, North Carolina, several times a year. Dorothy loved to attend annual events in North Carolina, such as the Wooly Worm festival, Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, and the Valley Crucis Craft Fair. The holidays were always very important to Dorothy, and she loved having a big table with as many friends and family as possible. Whether it was Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, or any other holiday, it was always her job to say grace before the meal.
Dorothy loved her granddaughters, and wanted to be involved at every turn. She attended many of their school events growing up, and was always there to lend a hand or ear to help. She was very proud that she was able to attend both of her granddaughters weddings in 2019 and 2020.
Dorothy is survived by her husband Frank, her sister Joyce Reynolds, brother-in-law Wayne Adams and family Suzumi, Shawn, and Robert, her son Michael, daughter-in-law Nancy, two granddaughters, Michelle and Jessica, as well as many beloved nieces and nephews. All of these she loved and touched deeply.
A website has been created for all of Dorothy’s friends and family to share their remembrances, memories, prayers, good thoughts, condolences and wishes. You can visit the website at http://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries and search for Dorothy L. Adams. The family will be holding a private memorial to comply with social distancing regulations, but we invite everyone to join us wherever you are at 1:15 pm to share in our communal prayer in remembrance of Dorothy. The prayer can be found on the website listed above. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Dorothy's honor to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation or any other charitable organization.
- Frank Adams, Spouse
- Mike Adams, Son
- Joyce Reynolds, Sister
- Nancy Adams, Daughter-in-law
- Michelle Gumula, Granddaughter
- Jessica Holsinger, Granddaughter
- National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation
Saturday, June 27, 2020
Dorothy L Adams
July 12, 2020
Mom - I still can’t believe that you are no longer here with us. We miss you everyday. Thank you for the ‘signs’ that you have given us. Love Always & Forever. Nancy
July 2, 2020
Thank you God for the life long gift of my mother Dorothy L. Adams, she was such a wonderful mom for me. She taught me everything, how to live, how to laugh and most of all how to Love life and to be grateful for all of God’s gifts. The name “Dorothy” means a gift from God and that was what my mom was for me. I will miss my mom every day but knowing that she is in heaven with our Lord God gives me peace, Rest In Peace Mom, all my Love Always. Mike
July 1, 2020
To my dear sister,
It’s not just the hours of laughter, the fun times shared, or the jokes only we understood.
It’s not just the honest advice, the long talks, or the strength and support only we knew how to give each other.
It’s all that...and the sense of belonging that comes from being family.
I feel so lucky to have had what we did, and it’s something I wouldn’t change for the world.
I will miss all that but I’ll never forget.
June 27, 2020
Dorthy is the very best sister-in-law an obnoxious character like me could ever have. I hope there’s bridge in heaven.. Wayne
Roberta Straub Mockler
June 27, 2020
There are so many happy memories of Dorothy swimming in my head that it is difficult to know where to begin. The whole Straub Realty clan (Dave & Marie, son Jim and daughter Roberta) first met Dorothy following a new Realtor Associates networking event at the local Board of Realtors back about 1980. My brother Jim attended, hoping to find a new Associate. Dorothy and Jim met, and that was that. Dorothy soon became a fast friend to each of us. The friendship quickly extended outside the workplace: Marie was her local bridge partner, and together we gals would investigate new restaurants for our frequent luncheons, also attending charitable and church fashion shows, casino's, a love of North Carolina, and more. We had a hoot taste-testing, entering raffles, picking out a piece of jewelry and critiquing outfits. Dorothy shared with us weddings, births, deaths - she was family.
Dorothy was kind, thoughtful, considerate, easy to be around and great great great at helping others get settled in a new home or business location.
She will be sorely missed...
June 26, 2020
I met Dorothy and family when we moved to Boca Raton Florida in November 1969. They purchased a home on the same street as we did. Having 3 Sons we became friends quickly as son Michael kinda became my 4th son playing basketball, swimming and who knows what else. She was a delightful lady and a great husband Frank. May she Rest In Peace
June 21, 2020
Dorothy played bridge at my bridge club, Temple Shaarei Shalom, in Boynton Beach. She was delightful and will be sorely missed. My thoughts to her friends and family.
June 21, 2020
I just read of Dorothy’s death in the paper. I spoke to her a few weeks ago during her last week of chemo. She was very sick but was very determined to get through the week. I spent many happy days playing bridge with her in North Carolina. She was such a positive , special person and loved her family so very much. Please accept my sincere condolences and love. Susan Lytal