Katharine M. Adams

ADAMS, Katharine M. - Beloved for her great generosity; gifted understanding and counsel; joy of life, music, and adventure; and love for people and animals (especially babies and puppies); died on February 19, 2005, in her Greenbrae home in the midst of her family. Known as Kay, Mother, Granny, Kia and Granny Kay, she was 101 years old and still played piano, danced and served as a Stephen Ministry Counselor for St. John's Church in Ross up to the time of her stroke. Kay volunteered throughout her life in support of many organizations, especially those benefiting youth and international goodwill, such as the Girl Scouts, (she once chaired the Marin County Bay Girl Scout Council), Bothin Youth Center, Sunny Hills Children's Garden and The International Hospitality Center. She was featured on The Today Show in 1997 to celebrate her historic role in the 1920's as the first person known to be televised. Kay was born Katharine Mordock on June 21, 1903, in Terre Haute, Indiana and grew up in Winnetka, Illinois. She attended North Shore Country Day School and Bryn Mawr College. In 1924 she moved to San Francisco after marrying attorney, James Douglass (Jim) Adams. Ten years later they established their home in Kentfield. Kay moved back to Winnetka with her children when Jim joined the Navy serving in the Pacific in World War II. She faced difficult times like those with indomitable strength. She and Jim raised five children, Douglass, Katharine (Butler), Robert, Helen (Tucker), and Rebecca (Mills), and for a time two nephews, Ernest and William Adams. Her husband Jim died in 1986 and son Doug in 1995. Kay is loved and celebrated by her son, daughters, daughter-in-law, Jane Adams, their spouses, 25 grandchildren, 56 great-grandchildren, many cousins, nieces and nephews, long-time friend and caregiver, Joe Tagicakibau, and a world-wide circle of friends. For all of them she was a beacon of light and love and a role model for the great adventure of life. There will be a Memorial Service at 2:00 p.m., on Saturday, March 5, 2005 at St. John's Episcopal Church, 14 Lagunitas Avenue, Ross. For those who would like to donate in Kay's memory, the family suggests St. John's Church, Hospice of Marin, or the charity of your choice. KEATON MORTUARIES (415) 453-0571

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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Feb. 26, 2005