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Mary M. Adamson

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May Medora Call Adamson, of Idaho Falls, formerly of Terreton, passed away Friday, Sept. 16, 2011, in Idaho Falls of pancreatic cancer.

May was born May 12, 1921, in Chesterfield, Idaho, to Israel Bowen Call and Charlotte Vienna Davids. Her early memories there were of playing in the fields and foothills along with her many cousins.

At age 12, she moved with her family to Osgood. She graduated from Ammon High School in 1939, and then continued her education at Albion Normal School. She participated in speech, drama and debate activities, where she learned skills and a repertoire that opened many opportunities for her, and would keep her children entertained for many years. In 1939, she accepted a teaching position in Terreton, Idaho.

In 1944, she married Edwin Cutler "Ted" Adamson in Corpus Christi, Texas. Their marriage was solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple in 1947.

They raised seven children on the family farm in Terreton. An avid reader, May was a lively and knowledgeable conversationalist. She and Ted loved music and spent many happy hours with their family, singing harmony around the piano. She had an eye for color and made many beautiful quilts. Her flower arrangements won many awards at the Mud Lake Fair.

Always a devout and enthusiastic member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, May taught in every auxiliary, including teaching 5-year-olds at age 84. She was also in several presidencies.

In 1985, May and Ted served a mission for the LDS church to Geneva, Switzerland. In 1987, they served a second mission to Zaire, the present-day Republic of Congo.

May is survived by her husband, Ted Adamson of Idaho Falls; four daughters and three sons, Susan (Rhoud) Porter of Pocatello, Nancy (Robert) French of Alberta, Canada, Patrice (Mark) Austin of Denver, Colo., Kerry (Jerry) Rainsdon of Billings, Mont., Edwin B. "Ted" (Eun Kyoung) Adamson of Tokyo, Japan, Craig (Teea) Adamson of Ammon and Jeff (Diane) Adamson of Mountain View, Calif.; sister, Myra (Robert) Martinsen of North Salt Lake City, Utah; 39 grandchildren; and 41 great-grandchildren.

May was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Bowen Call, John Call and Elton Call; three sisters, Leone Shipley, Genevieve Bendixsen and Mildred Sauer; as well as two grandchildren.

The family extends their gratitude to May's doctors and the members of the Home Ranch and Parkview wards for their friendships and many kindnesses that blessed her later years.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Parkview LDS Chapel, 2051 S. Emerson Ave. in Idaho Falls, with Bishop Brad Backman conducting. The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Eckersell Memorial Chapel, 101 W. Main St. in Rigby, and from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Fielding Memorial Park Cemetery, under the care of Eckersell Memorial Chapel in Rigby. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www .eckersellfuneralhome.com.

Published in Post Register on Sept. 20, 2011
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