Marie A. Adams

July 9, 1927February 21, 2013

Marie A. Adams, 85, died Thursday, February 21, 2013 at her home after a lingering illness. Mrs. Adams is survived by David, her husband of 58 years; sons Galen of Austin, TX, and Damon of Chicago; daughter Cheryl Ann, who preceded her in death. Also surviving are beloved pets Liesl and Jessie; and two angels who comforted her and family the last four months- -Julie Owen and Helen Lynn. The family thanks Brownsboro Norton Hospital and is indebted to Dr. Harry Renco for his care over 15 years. Mrs. Adams was born July 9, 1927, the only daughter of Gladys and James Nash in Georgetown, PA. She graduated from Hopewell High School in 1945 and began a modeling career in hairstyle fashion shows. An early sign of her love involving volunteering came in 1943 when she organized her sophomore class to write to servicemen at the front who returned snapshots for her scrapbook. She directed women’s fashion shops in Ohio and was promoted to Chambersburg, PA, where she met her husband. They married in 1955, and she resumed volunteering at hospitals and churches in nine states for 58 years. Oceanside beaches in Hawaii, the Carolinas and New Orleans attracted her, although she couldn’t swim. She became an accomplished bowler, bird lover and took to music that jumped- -Bee Gees, Elvis, Beatles, Warsaw Concerto and Tchaikovsky. She preferred sun and deep tans to deep snow and slush. She attended the Daytona 500, numerous baseball playoffs and World Series games with her family. She enjoyed going to small auto race tracks, finishing 3rd in her only demolition derby in 1971! But her #1 delight was Derby week and the parties, where she met trainers, jockeys and owners, and the working press. Her #1 Derby was Secretariat (1973). She worked in classified-top secret documents at Aberdeen Proving Ground in 1955-56 while her husband served in the Army. She was executive secretary for the dean of elementary education at Kent State as her husband took the GI Bill in 1956. She was promoted to executive secretary for the dean of women at Kent. She retired in 1989 after 35 years at Sears. Friends knew her as a “giver,” never a “taker.” She had a sense for knowing when a friend in marital distress needed her support. A gardener and landscaper, she showed a green thumb in and outside the house for flowers, plants and trees. She never missed solving the Jumble puzzle every morning too! Like an unborn infant in the womb, she slept into eternal peace without worry or guilt, to be with Jesus Christ and her Lord, ready to begin heaven’s work. A final ride with no transfers, tokens or delays. Services will be held at Northeast Christian Church on Tuesday, February 26 with visitation from 10am-12pm and memorial service to follow at noon. In lieu of flowers, you may donate to Hosparus, Alzheimer’s Association and Northeast Christian. Arrangements under the direction of Arch L. Heady at Resthaven at Resthaven, 4400 Bardstown Rd. Please visit us online at


  • Visitation Tuesday, February 26, 2013
  • Celebration of Marie's Life Tuesday, February 26, 2013

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Vanessa T.

March 1, 2013

My deepest prayers and condolences are with you all at this time of loss. Mrs. Adams was always one of my favorite patients! I will so miss her smile and sweet, kind personality. Heaven has truly gained an angel.

Carolyn Cox

February 27, 2013

Dear David,
Earl and I want to tell you how sorry we
were to hear about Marie.s death. You
are in our thoughts.

Josh and Jessica Hinkle

February 26, 2013

David, Damon and Galen,

We are so sorry for your loss. Marie will always hold a special place in our hearts. She was not only a great neighbor but also a dear friend. We will always remember spending many days with her on the back porch listening to stories and enjoying her company. We will miss her greatly.

February 26, 2013

I was so sorry to hear about Marie. Her service was so lovely. She was just such a wonderful person. I was saying today her laugh was so contagious. I just loved her so much. Carrie Poindexter (Mardelle's daughter)

Paula Keiner

February 25, 2013

My deepest sympathy to you all. My thoughts and prayers are with you. What a celebration going on in Heaven as they greet their newest angel and old friends and family have her once again in their embrace. Your Mom, Galen and Damon, left a wonderful legacy in the close, awesome family that she and your Dad created through their love and devotion to themselves and you. I'm sure she is at peace knowing that her family will continue to share that bond until you meet again. Much Love,

Elyse Clark

February 25, 2013

Over the years I heard you speak so fondly of your Mom, and know how special she was to you. I want to extend my deepest sympathies to you and and your family. I am praying that God will wrap His loving arms around you all and give you peace and comfort.

Edward Leshansky

February 25, 2013

Dear David, Galen and Damon, The Leshansky family is sending you our love and sympathy and will hold you close in our hearts, especially tomorrow.
May Marie's memory always be a blessing to you all.

Richard Buentello

February 25, 2013

Mr. Adams, Galen and Damon, We are so very sorry for your loss. I only met Mrs. Adams once, but I felt as though I knew her for years through Galen's storys. Please accept my family's heartfelt prayers and sympathies in your time of loss. - Richard, Angela and Langston Buentello

Linda Stepp

February 25, 2013

I'm so sorry to hear this about Marie.She was a sweet lady.I want you to know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.Love,Linda Stepp(Dr.Renco office)

Barbara Rodgers

February 25, 2013

To the Adams men - my sympathies in the loss of Marie, who was so very special to each of you. I know there are many memories and I hope they help to heal the emptiness in your hearts.