Ruth Adam

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WINFIELD, Ill. - Ruth Read Adam, 91, entered into rest on January 27, 2016. We will be celebrating her life on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 11:00AM at First Presbyterian Church, 550 N. Main Street, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137. Ruth was born December 15, 1924 in Midville, Georgia, the youngest of 9 children of William Embry and Leola Mae (nee' Robinson) Read. After she graduated from Georgia State College for Women with a major in Physical Education, she went to work at the YWCA in Youngstown, Ohio, where she taught swimming and met her future husband through a mutual friend. She was on television there as the "exercise lady" back in the day. She proceeded to ignore all instructions from her father who had explicitly said to her when she moved to Ohio, "Don't you go up there and marry no Yankee now!" Well, she did, and was the wife of Dr. Charles Fredrick Adam, Jr., (1949-2009). She also became the beloved mother of Sarah Lynn, now Cofer-Chase (Mrs. Charles Robert Chase) and adoring "Grammie" of Stewart Adam Cofer [Bethany Lynne (nee' Jacobsen)]. She is also survived by her lovely sister Myrtle Read Rearden and a large number of nieces and nephews. After her husband Fred finished Podiatry College in Cleveland, Ohio, the couple moved to Augusta, Georgia, where she began teaching in the Richmond County School System, first at Tubman Junior High and later at Westside High School. She loved working with young people and in addition to teaching school, she taught swimming for 40 years. At Tubman, she taught physical education, coached girls basketball, won the "battle of the sexes" ping pong tournament against a male athlete half her age, became Assistant Principal, and (after some post graduate education) transitioned to teaching mathematics. She was recruited to teach math at the new high school, where she became Chairman of the Math Department while still coaching tennis (one of her students won the State Championship!) She taught Sunday School for years at First Baptist Church of Augusta and later at Graniteville Baptist Church in South Carolina. After retiring, she continued teaching both swimming and math to home-schooled students. An avid bridge player, she started playing at the age of 7. In 2009 she moved to the Meadows in Glen Ellyn, Illinois and lived to play bridge several times a week, until almost her dying day. She appreciated the deacons and pastors of First Presbyterian Church of Glen Ellyn, who visited and encouraged her. Visitation in the Parlor 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Memorial Service and Worship 11 a.m. - 12 noon Reception following in the home of Chuck and Lynn Cofer-Chase with Stew and Bethany Cofer: 1N575 Augusta Ct., Winfield, IL 60190 Flowers can be sent to the church before Friday or, as she loved young people, a gift in her memory can be sent to the First Presbyterian Church of Glen Ellyn (address above) and designated to the Memorial Fund: Youth Scholarships.