Kara Ann Adams gained entrance into heaven on Saturday March 8, 2014. She was born on September 19, 1994, to Jerry and Cindy at Lodi Memorial Hospital and arrived with a sweet joyful spirit that she displayed her whole life.
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From a very young age Kara showed a deep fascination with anything related to history, science and the outdoors, observing insects and animals and caring for everything from ladybugs, turtles, geckos, and tarantulas to chickens, pigs, and steers.
Her attention to detail and artistic talent was clear in her drawings, paintings, sculptures, and doodles. She designed and created a beautiful mosaic that was installed in the sidewalk for the Lodi Avenue Revitalization Project. Beginning in the 4th grade, Kara regularly submitted art and photos in the Lodi Grape Festival, receiving ribbons and awards for her entries.
Kara attended Lakewood Elementary School, Millswood Middle School, and graduated from Lodi High School in 2013. She was currently enrolled at Cosumnes River College working towards a degree in bio-engineering. At Millswood Kara was extremely surprised to be selected by her teachers as recipient of the Perseverance Award. Kara participated in FFA all four years of her high school career, and especially loved raising a turkey, pig and two steers for the SJ County Fair. She amused everyone with her humor, giving her animals quirky names like Sandwich and Stew. She loved this aspect of the FFA. She also received awards in the California State FFA Conference Agriscience Competitions and went on to compete at the National level in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Kara's favorite vacations with her family include Mexico, road trips to national parks, Disneyworld, the Caribbean, and of course spending weekends at the trailer in the Sierras. Kara also had a particular interest in Japan and visited the country with her mom in the summer of 2012. The historic sites fascinated her, but what most amazed Kara was the kindness of the people. She immersed herself in the culture, spending time with her Mom's childhood friend and his family, a home stay with a local family, eating every local food she could (sometimes only once) and being the guest speaker in a college English class. She often referred to the trip as the best "three weeks with my mother." These trips enabled her to enjoy some of her favorite activities like snow skiing, snorkeling, boogie boarding (especially with her brother), swimming, and hiking.
She loved learning and sharing about the history behind the places she visited.
Kara's favorite board game was Monopoly, and while she would nonchalantly sit down at the table, she almost always went away the ruthless victor to the surprise of the first-timers at the table. She loved sitting around the table or on the floor playing board games with friends and family, especially with the Lippert's.
Kara displayed true love for others, showing patience and kindness to all those around her, never drawing attention to herself and always thinking and wishing the best for everyone. She met everyone with a gentle calmness, and will forever be in our hearts.
Kara is survived by family and friends who adored her, including her parents Jerry and Cindy Adams; brother Cody; grandparents Carl and Terry Cummings and Mike and Diane Coyner; Uncles Tracy Cummings and Chris Cummings; Aunt Janá Adams; cousins Brandon and Scott Spinner and Hannah and Holly Cummings; and her backyard companions Tino, Sweet Pea, and Puff.
A Celebration of Life will be held in Kara's memory on Friday, March 21, 2014, 1:00, at Wine and Roses. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Lodi FFA Ag Boosters, Lodi High School, 3 S. Pacific Avenue, Lodi, CA 95240, Attn: Memorial Scholarship.
Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Mar. 15 to Mar. 22, 2014