Mary R. Adams

December 12, 1927May 6, 2011

Mary Rutter Whited Adams passed away from ovarian cancer on May, 6, 2011 in Winter Haven. Born in Howey-in-the-Hills, FL on January 12, 1927, she moved to Winter Haven in 1933. She attended Winter Haven schools and Polk Community College. Mary worked for exchange bank for 26 years. She was predeceased by her brother, Paul Rutter; her sister, Verna Mae Ziglar; her daughter, Carol Ann Whited; her son, Gerald “Warren” Whited; and her husbands, Richard Whited and Adon Adams . She is survived by her brother, Vernon Rutter Jr.; her son, Richard “Bruce” Whited; her daughter, Susan Rodenhaver; her daughter-in-law, Nancy Kesinger; her step son, Mark Adams and his wife Betsy; stepdaughters, Ann Adams, Judith Savely, and Denny Goodard; grandchildren, H.J. “Howie” Holbrook and wife Cari, Wendi Whited, Kyle Wilder, Leila Rheaume and her husband David Smith; and great grandchildren, Hayden and Sawyer Holbrook. Mary was a member of Beymer Methodist Church. Visitation will be on May 11 from 12 to 1 with the service following at 2 at Ott-Laughlin Funeral home in Winter Haven with Burial at Lakeside Cemetery.


  • Visitation Wednesday, May 11, 2011
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, May 11, 2011

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Linda H Tucker

May 21, 2011

Bruce and Susan, this is Linda Tucker and Nancy Martin. We are so so so sorry we missed your mother's service. She was so very special to us through all the years we worked together at ENB, 30 years for each of us, so we were there when she started. We will miss her terribly, but know she is in a better place and not suffering. Love always, Linda and Nancy

May 11, 2011

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at the loss of Mary. We have known her since the early 70's when she was with the Exchange Bank. A wonderful person! She will be sorely missed. Luther and Glenda Parrott

Debbi Damkjer

May 11, 2011

Susie & Bruce

I was so sorry to read today about your Mother's passing. Boy, the memories came flooding back. I always thought your Mom was one of the most beautiful women I'd ever met and she was always so nice to us 'neighbor' kids. Every time I think of peanut butter and honey sandwiches, I think of lunch and snacks at your place. Susie, remember all the matching outfits our Moms made us? She was such a good seamstress. We thought we were twins!

Keith and I have you and your family in our prayers. Please accept our deepest condolences.

Keith & Debbi Kieffer Damkjer

Irene Rutter Shirah

May 10, 2011

Mary was one of a kind. She was always the most caring cousin and friend. She will be missed by one and all that knew her. Thinking of all of you in this time of sorrow. Our prayers are with you.

David Herzberg

May 10, 2011

Cherrish all your wonderful memories of Mary.Remembering a happy memory, may help get through some of the dark days. I knew her a shortime, but Mary was a classy lady and her family was a very important part of her life.

Jan McLi

May 10, 2011

There is not enough beautiful words to desrcibe Mary. She was a beautiful friend and Mother.and loved life. Always there when you needed something and didn't even have to ask. She was loved by all and touched many hearts. I feel blessed to have had her as a best friend and she will always be in my heart. We had the same birthday although I was younger. she woud say I was like a kid sister. We celebrated our birthday together for 21 yrs and I will surely miss her. We dud many wonderful things together and I will cherish the memories

My prayers go out to the family.and know that she will always be with you in your hearts.

Karen Harris

May 9, 2011

Mary was a true believer of living life to the fullest. Her sprit is never-ending. She was a true loving friend, who we will sorely miss.

May 9, 2011

Susie and Bruce, What a wonderful mother she always was! She was also the perfect TOOTOO mother. You guys are in my prayers and we are so sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Jane and Garry Bumgarner