Valley of the Sun Mortuary and Cemetery

10940 East Chandler Heights Rd, Chandler, AZ


Wavalene Adams

December 16, 1938January 6, 2020

Wavalene Holsinger Adams died on January 6, 2020 just weeks after her 81st birthday. She was born on December 16, 1938 in Dayton, Ohio, as the only child to Eugene and Ruth Holsinger. Her childhood and teenage years were spent in Covington and Rosewood, Ohio, surrounded by generations of family members.

She grew-up on a farm raising hogs, exhibiting them and her crafts in 4H and county fair. Cats were her love when she left the farm behind. She gifted her crafts of sewing, crocheting, and creating cards to her friends and family throughout her life. Any chance she got, she listened and participated in making music, including playing her accordion and singing for church, school, and social events.

Wavalene married Gayrald Adams on Christmas Day in 1959. They joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1966, and were sealed in the Mesa Arizona Temple in 1974. They raised their family in Springfield, Ohio; Flint and Holly, Michigan; and Gilbert, Arizona, which has been her home for the past 38 years. In church, she served in the Primary and Relief Society organizations, as a librarian, and in the choir.

Gayrald passed away in 2004, and Wavalene was supported and sustained by neighbors, friends, and loving church members. She is survived by her sons, Ed (Gwen) Adams of Springville, Utah; Dave (Melodi) Adams of Lindon, Utah; and Andy Adams of Gilbert, Arizona, who has been her primary caregiver for 15 years; eight grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.


  • Visitation Saturday, January 11, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 11, 2020
  • Committal Service Saturday, January 11, 2020


Wavalene Adams

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John Cardon

January 9, 2020

So sorry to hear of our dear friend's passing. The world has lost a great soul...but the spirit world received a great one. Debbie and I treasure our friendship and memories with your terrific family. Gayrald was one of our first home teachers when we moved to Gilbert. I told him I was thinking about buying a truck. Two days later, he showed up with a list of trucks that he thought would fit our budget and would be worth looking at. I was stunned. Nobody had ever paid much attention to my "small talk" before. He taught me much about how to home teach. Wavalene and Gayrald brought us a quilt which they had made, to give us when we moved back to Ohio. I fought tears when they presented it to us. Very selfless people. We hope you will find peace and comfort in the knowledge of life everlasting. Wavalene and Gayrald will forever be two of our favorite people. They have left their posterity a legacy of devotion and faith and goodness and loyalty to God. May God Bless You all. We love you.
John and Debbie Cardon

Cindy Grube

January 9, 2020

Wavalene and I were cyber sisters for many years. I always enjoyed the Beautiful Cards she made and sent to me. Only met her once at her father's funeral. She was a beautiful soul.