Frances Emma Stephenson Adams

January 8, 1930June 3, 2011

FRANCES EMMA ADAMS Passed away peacefully in Grand Terrace on Friday, June 3, 2011. Born on January 8, 1930 in Hammond, Indiana. She preceded husband, Elmer Adams, after 50 years of marriage. Fran was a longtime resident of Colton and spent the last six years in Hemet. She retired from San Bernardino County Library after 12 years of service. Fran was a member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Hemet, where she was involved in several committees and groups. Many years were spent camping with her children and she was a longtime member of Traveliers Camping Club, as well as Good Sams. She enjoyed outings and gatherings with family and friends, and loved providing crocheted lap blankets for the hospitals as well as crocheted hats and booties for preemie babies. Her sister Marilyn Stephenson, four children Claudia Day, Leanne Harworth, Steve Adams, David Adams, 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, survives Fran.


  • Visitation Thursday, June 9, 2011
  • Funeral Service Friday, June 10, 2011
  • Graveside Service Friday, June 10, 2011

Frances Emma Stephenson Adams

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Nita Hallmann

June 10, 2011

Fran was a very dear friend not only to me but to all the people who knew her. Her positive attitude reflected her faith in God and all that He had brought her through. Fran diligently supported our Lutheran Women's Missionary League as member and as Treasurer. With the Good Shepherd Auxiliary Fran helped us with many a rummage sale, Christmas boutique and spring kitchen boutique sales, prayer and monetary donations. Good Shepherd Auxiliary supports developmentally disabled adults living in Bethesda Lutheran Homes, a cause close to Fran's heart because of her great granddaughter's mild handicap. I will miss Fran. I know she had many struggles that weighed her down at times. But a more loving, caring friend I'll be hard to find. My husband, Jim, Fran's former pastor has already met her at heaven's gates.