Elsie Louise Adams

July 26, 1937June 1, 2013

Elsie Louise (Van Sickle) Adams, of Overland Park, went to be with Our Heavenly Father early Saturday, June 1, 2013.Elsie will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 pm, Friday, June 14, at McGilley & Frye Funeral Home, 105 E. Loula, Olathe. 913-782-0582. Visitation one hour prior. Friends and family welcome, Wear Bright Colors!!!

She was born July 26, 1937 in Emporia, Kansas to the late Lee and Bertha Van Sickle. Elsie graduated from Emporia High in 1955. She lived in Prairie Village for 45 years, more recently in Olathe and Overland Park. Elsie was a feisty, headstrong, independent woman who enjoyed life and ran like the Energizer Bunny. She was the consummate Mom, working tirelessly for her children while still making time for all the sports and other activities they were involved in. Elsie was a generous spirit, always thinking of others. Her favorite pastimes were gardening and fishing. Elsie worked in the medical field for most of her life, retiring from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City in 1998 after 17 years of service.

Preceding her in death are husband Jack Adams, brother Ralph Van Sickle, and sister Esther Rich. Elsie will be dearly missed by her four children and their families: Sheri Hansen and husband Randy of Sugar Land, Texas; Kevin Nail and wife Liz of Olathe, Kansas; David Nail and wife Camilla of Omaha, Nebraska; and Bruce Nail of Lexington, Missouri; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Elsie is also survived by two siblings, Raymond Van Sickle and Evelyn Frasier of Emporia, Kansas

Elsie had a connection with Type 1 diabetes in her family. If you would like to make a donation in Elsie’s memory, please send to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at: JDRF, 2425 Fountainview Dr, Suite 280, Houston, Texas 77057.


  • Visitation Friday, June 14, 2013
  • Memorial Service Friday, June 14, 2013

Elsie Louise Adams

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LaRetta Small-Zamora

June 12, 2013

Oh Elsie how you will be missed. Your sweet smile and incredible sense of humor was always ready to brighten the day. I have so many memories from our senior year giggling over something in class..not related to class... to the late night conversations at slumber parties long after our children were grown and the 'fab four' came into being. Your wisdom and kindness was surpassed only by your willingness to take up a dare and off youwould go !! In my heart you will always be sweet sixteen.