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JOAN ANN ADAMS - SOUTH BURLINGTON - Joan Ann Adams, 73, died in the Vermont Respite House on Sunday Feb. 10, 2013, with her family by her side after a short illness. Joan was born on May 1, 1939, in Panton, the daughter of Neil and Mabel (Danyow) Bull, and Joan was raised by Reka Austin for most of her life. She attended school in Middlebury. On Sept. 6, 1958, she married George W. Adams in Middlebury and together they had four beautiful children. Although they have not been together for many years, George and Joan remained good friends. Joan was known to her family, friends and neighbors as Mom, Momma, Nana, Nanu, Grandma, Jane, Jean AND Joannie - all of which she answered to! She was always there with a cup of tea, an open ear, a warm heart and always a kind word. She was such a wonderful woman with a youthful and spirited outlook on life, her smile and laughter were infectious. Her most precious possessions were her children and grandchildren. Family to her was of the utmost importance and she always made them a priority. Attending a sporting event, school activity or just spending time with them made her the happiest and made her family incredibly happy too. Joan enjoyed traveling but especially loved the ocean in Maine; she had a passion for reading and took great joy in flowers, plants and gardening. She was considered to be the "hippest" Nana for wanting to keep up with her grandchildren on all of the latest social media avenues; she had a Facebook page, a Twitter account and knew all the latest and greatest music. Joan is survived by her children, Deborah Adams Bradder and her husband, Thomas, of Rutland and their children, Amanda and Thomas; her daughter, Pamela Adams of South Burlington; Jeffrey Adams and Doreen of Derry, N.H., and their children Corey, Tyler and Samuel; and Vicki Adams Gilwee and Bryan of South Burlington and their children, Matthew and Owen. She is also survived by her sister, Helen Sweenor; and her nephew Neil Sweenor. In addition to her parents, Joan was predeceased by her brothers, Fred and Lee. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. John Vianney Roman Catholic Church on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at 11 a.m. with interment to follow at Resurrection Park Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of Ready Funeral and Cremation Services, 261 Shelburne Rd., Burlington. To send online condolences to the family, please visit In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joan's memory to Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Lane, Williston, VT 05495.

Published in The Burlington Free Press from Feb. 12 to Feb. 13, 2013
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