Vernice ‘Lucille’ Adams


Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2007



Kenai resident Vernice “Lucille” Adams died May 19, 2007, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 101.

A graveside service will be held at a later date in East Wenatchee, Wash., where she will be laid to rest next to her husband, Jack.

Mrs. Adams was born Nov. 15, 1905, in Lincoln, Neb., to Don and Lena Hayden. She moved with her family to East Wenatchee at the age of 12. She graduated high school there.

On Oct. 12, 1923, she met and married the love of her life, James Jackson “J.J.” Adams. They started their new life together running an apple orchard. In 1927, they had their daughter, Lila Mae, and in 1929 a son, Jack Newell. The family moved to Coulee City, Wash., in 1932, where Mr. Adams built a restaurant and gas station, running it until 1941. They moved to Lebanon, Ore., for a short time before returning to Wenatchee. The family moved to Fairbanks in 1947, where Mrs. Adams worked for Northern Commercial Co., only to return to Washington that year.

In 1950, they returned to Alaska, living in Anchorage for two years, then moving to Kenai. They returned to Anchorage in 1954, where she worked again for Northern Commercial Co. Her husband’s work later sent them overseas; they returned to Wenatchee in 1956.

During her 64 years of marriage, they did a lot of traveling, making many trips to Alaska. In 1995, she started spending winters with her daughter and in 1998 she made Alaska her permanent home.

“She loved being with her children and grandchildren, and she loved babies, who always found loving arms with her. She also loved working in her flower garden, fishing, hunting and sewing. She also enjoyed making apple pies and peanut butter cookies,” her family said.

“Our family has been truly blessed with this wonderful lady, called our angel on Earth. She was a mother, grandma, great-grandma and great-great-grandma and was rich beyond our wildest dreams, not with money or material things, but with love. It was true love that was unconditional that she graciously gave her family and others daily. She was the nearest to perfection that anyone could be. She truly filled the quest as a ‘Grandma.’ She had the patience of Job. She always said she would only eat a meal just to have dessert.”

Mrs. Adams was preceded in death by her husband, and grandsons, Michael Chambers, Jackie Adams and Stacy Schroeder.

She is survived by her daughter, Lila Schroeder; son, Jack Adams and wife, Gwen; grandchildren, Randy Chambers, Stephen Schroeder, Paul Adams, Sandy Adams, Tona Bravo and husband, Larry, Kristine Felty and husband, Ron, Charlene Ward, Doreen Sannes and husband, Wayne, and Beth Southwick; great-grandchildren, Holly Segura and husband, Dale, Brandi Petrey and husband, Rob, Jackie Weber and husband, Lee, Morgan Noble and husband, Jeremy, Sarah Wavada and husband, Mike, Adam and Scott Sannes, Nicholas Schroeder and wife, Rachael, and Randi Hazelman and husband, Lee; and 14 great-great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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