May 12, 1924 - Feb. 10, 2014
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NILES - Marguerite E. Adams, age 89 years of Niles, Michigan, died at 10:20 a.m. on Monday, February 10, 2014, at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Indiana, following a brief illness. She was born on May 12, 1924, in Niles, Michigan (in the parsonage of Franklin A.M.E. Church), to Fred and Arneal (Brown) Shepard, and had lived in Niles all of her life. Marguerite was a member of Franklin A.M.E. Church. Music was always an important part of her life. In high school she sang in the choir and played the bells in the band. After graduating from Niles High School in 1942, she continued her love for music singing in the church choir where she still participated. As an adult she sang in a trio named "The Melody Maids" with Marion Finley Scruggs and Norma Finley Taylor. She had worked in downtown Niles at Larry Zock's Laundry as well as Simplicity Pattern Company. In 1988 Marguerite retired after 22 years of service with the Cass County Department of Human Services. She enjoyed Senior Center activities, traveling with them, and was a volunteer with Love, Inc. On November 23, 1944, she married Nelson Woodford in Niles, who preceded her in death on Sept. 12, 1973. She later married Irven L. Adams on January 4, 1975, in Niles, who preceded her in death on September 29, 2009. She was also preceded in death by her brother, David Shepard. Surviving family includes her sons, Larry Woodford of Reno, Nevada, and Brian Woodford of Sparks, Nevada; stepdaughter, RuthAnn (& Myron) Frasier of Southfield, Michigan; grandchild, DeMarco Doxie; 5 step-grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Services for Marguerite Adams will be at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, February 14, 2014, at Franklin A.M.E. Church in Niles, with Rev. Rebecca R. Mitchell of the church officiating. The family will receive relatives and friends on Thursday from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the Halbritter Funeral Home. Contributions in memory of Marguerite may be made to the church. Arrangements were made at the Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles. www.halbritterfunerals.com
Published in South Bend Tribune on Feb. 12, 2014