Opal Arlene Church Adams

February 2, 1934September 22, 2011

Opal Arlene Adams, 77, of Montgomery, Mich., died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, at St Joseph Hospital, Fort Wayne.

She was born Feb. 2, 1934, in California Township, Branch County, Mich., to Benjamin Franklin and Eva Fern (Michael) Church. They preceded her in death.

She married Edward Louis Adams on Nov. 8, 1952, in Muskegon, Mich., and he preceded her in death on Jan. 24, 1998.

She was a homemaker.

She graduated with the class of 1951 at Montgomery High School, Montgomery and was class valedictorian. She was a member of Stokes Chapel United Methodist Church, Montgomery, and Pythian Sisters. She was an endless volunteer, helping at many functions.

Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Debra and David Maurer of Battle Creek, Mich.; four sons and daughters-in-law, James and Martha Adams of Pleasant Lake, Donald and Sherry Adams of Angola, Kenneth “Skip” and Linda Adams of Fort Wayne and Thomas and Jerry Adams of Fremont; a son-in-law, Rod Hantz of Fremont; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Ruby Beckman of Kalamazoo, Mich., and Pearl and Larry Miner of Montgomery; and three brothers and a sister-in-law, Ralph Church and Glen Church, both of Coldwater, Mich., and Dean and Becky Church of Detroit, Mich.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Shirley A. Hantz, two brothers, Jacob Church and Paul Delson Church, one grandson, Dean Hantz, and one great-grandchild, Kailyn Adams.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 27, 2011, at Beams Funeral Home, Fremont, with Rev. Trevor McDermont officiating. Burial will be in California Cemetery, Montgomery.

Calling will be Monday, September 26, 2011, from 4-8 p.m. at Beams Funeral Home Home with a Pythian Sisters evening service at 7:30 p.m.

Memorials are to Stokes Chapel United Methodist Church, or to Child Evangelism Fellowship.


  • Visitation Monday, September 26, 2011
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, September 27, 2011

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Rev. Stephen Beach

September 27, 2011

September 26, 2011

Dear Friends in Christ,

Jule and I extend our hearts and prayers to the family of Opel Adams. We so enjoyed being with The Adams Family and the family of Stokes Chapel. We have fond memories of sitting at the table so often and sharing in good food, fellowship, and our common faith. We know that she is with God and may our Faith in Christ give us hope. May God be with you all.

Peace and Joy,

Rev. Stephen and Julie Beach
Miamisburg Ohio

Peace & Joy,

Rev. Stephen and Julie Beach,
Miamisburg, Ohio.

In His we are,

Pastor Steve and Julie Beach

Abigail Perez

September 27, 2011

Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.

Christine Babcock-Ayres

September 27, 2011

Debbie and Family, Am so sorry to hear about your mom. She was such a wonderful person. She always had a smile for everyone. She is the true example of a person who enjoyed life to the fullest. Our families have been friends for over 60 years. We have lots of memories of our visits to your home in Freemont. Your mom would never let us leave without feeding us and/or sending some of her homemade goodies home with us. Remember making ice cream? And the assembly line making 30-40 pies at a time? You all came to our farm lots of times. Your mom and our mom were always doing some major cooking! That's what I like about memories. Though we aren't able to attend the services please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all. I know she will be missed, your memories will keep your mom with you always.

Rita Mason

September 27, 2011

I am so sorry for your loss. Opal was a great lady and will be missed by all those who knew her.

Doug,Michele and Jacob Billman

September 26, 2011

Although we can't be with you while you remember your loved one, you're in our thoughts from afar.

Rich, Linda, Ellen Faber

September 26, 2011

So sad to hear of your loss. Opal's service to mankind is an inspiration to us all. She will be sorely missed; however, it is comforting to know she is now in God's loving arms.

September 26, 2011

Ken & Family,
Sorry to hear about the passing of your Mother. Please know that my thoughts & prayers go out to you and your family.
Lois Ewald

Jo Jensen

September 25, 2011

Don and I were saddened to hear of Opal's passing. I met her and Shirley when they went on their Emmaus Walk in Jackson around 1999. We became instant friends and sisters in Christ.
What a precious reunion they must have had on Thursday.
God Loves You and So Do we,
Don and Jo Jensen

Pati Miller

September 25, 2011

Tom and family, Was very sorry to hear of your loss. You will be in our prayers. The Pierce Girls Pati, Laura, and Janet

September 25, 2011

We extend our sympathy to the Adams family. Everyone will miss
her "can do" attitude and her smiling face.
Ernie and Pat Easterday
Mendon, MI