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Betty Adams

March 5, 2022

Betty Lea Adams


February 7, 1928 – March 5, 2022


Betty Adams 94, was born February 7, 1928 in McPherson County, Kansas.  She was the daughter of Lewis H. Wilhelm and Clara F. Ensminger.  She was the 10th of 12 children in the family. She died March 5, 2022 at Schowalter Villa in Hesston, Kansas


She moved to Newton, Kansas to live with her sister in 1944 to finish high school, graduating Newton High School in 1946.  Then, Betty went to Cosmetology school in Salina, returning to Newton to work as a hairdresser for forty-five years.


Betty had a friend who just so happened to be a niece of her future husband, Melvin Adams.  They were introduced, fell in love, and eventually married on December 5, 1948, establishing their home in Newton, KS.  Together they had five children, Larry Melvin Adams (stillborn), Melva Lea Caldwell (Newton, KS), Kenneth Wayne Adams (infant death), L.J. Adams, wife, Brenda (Streetman, TX), and Rick Adams, (Arlington, TX).


She loved hearing about all the activities of her grandchildren as they were growing up and years later, she tried keeping up with all the Great Grandchildren that she was blessed to have. Rodd Caldwell and wife, Heather, children Helen, Lily, and Garrison (Lucas, TX), Alyson Voran and husband, Shane, daughters Skylar and Rylee (Lehigh, KS), Jason Adams, wife, Courtney, children, McKenzie, Hunter, and Brady (Arlington, TX), Joshua Adams, wife, Brooke, children, Georgia, Cash, Vann, Satcher and Saylor (Arlington, TX), Jordan Adams, wife Jennifer, children Jaden, Jett, and Jax (Plano, TX), Chloe Aduddell, husband, Kevin, daughters, Kinsey, Kirby, Caitlyn, and Cassie (Richardson, TX), Hope Adams (Dallas, TX), and Molly Adams (Arlington, TX).  All told, she loved to count them up for a total of eight grandchildren and twenty great grandchildren.


Betty was preceded in death by eight sisters, three brothers, her husband, Melvin, and two infant sons.


She is survived by her sister, Mary Ann Taylor in California and many nieces and nephews from Kansas, California, Nevada, Texas, Missouri, Connecticut, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.


Betty was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Newton, KS and a member of the UM Women and Rachel Circle.  She loved life, her family, her profession, and was, as she called herself, a “people-person”.


A memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday March 12, 2022 at First United Methodist Church in Newton.  A private family interment will be in the Greenwood Cemetery Newton, Kansas


In lieu of flowers, the family would like you to consider a donation to the UMW and Rachel Circle at the address below:           First United Methodist Church

801 N. Main Street

Newton, KS  67114

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10 thoughts on “Betty Adams

  1. Many prayers go out and are being lifted for Melva, L.J. and Rick. I loved getting to know your Mom. I got the priviledge to visit with her several times thru the years on the phone and at church bizarres. She was a beautiful lady inside and out. She had her opinion, but loved her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren with her whole heart. How very blessed you were to have such a wonderful lady in your life. She will be missed! Asking God to continue to be with each of you always!

  2. You were the sweetest lady to wait on at the bank. May God’s light shine upon you Betty. Rest in peace. 🕊
    My sincere sympathies to you, Alyson & family.

  3. Betty is one of a kind. Spunky. Ornery. Devoted to God and her church. Full of funny, wonderful stories. We will miss her, but will see her again.
    Comfort of the Holy Spirit to her family and loved ones.

  4. Mel and family, so sorry for your loss. Your mom was such a special lady. May your many fond remembrances bring you comfort. Our thoughts and prayers are with you

  5. So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Praying for your comfort and peace at this time.

  6. LJ we are so sorry to hear about your Mother. What a wonderful life and legacy she has left. You were blessed. Prayers for comfort and peace

  7. Mel and family, so sorry for your loss. You Mother was such a special lady. May your many fond memories bring you comfort. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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