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Marjorie Valentine Adams

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Marjorie Valentine Adams Dec. 7, 1913 - Nov. 16, 2010 Marjorie Valentine Adams noted birder, writer, and artist, graduated from Austin High School with scholastic honors. At the University of Texas she studied as an art and English major. She married Louis Taft "Red" Adams February 14, 1933. They had been married 72 years. She worked for stations KNOW and KVET with Jake Pickle, Ed Syers, Bob Phinney, and John Connally. She was editor of The Texas Builder magazine. Her feature stories appeared in LOOK, POST, and READER'S DIGEST. Her weekly column BIRD WORLD was published in numerous Texas newspapers. She and Red were pioneers in Austin's film industry. Their films Where Should a Squirrel Live and What Good Is a Warbler, received many national awards. Marjorie was active in the Texas Outdoor Writers Assoc., Writers' League of Texas, Travis Audubon Society, and she served as a Regional Director of the Texas Ornithological Society. "Margie and Red" helped establish the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve. She was a founding life-member of the American Birding Association. Marjorie's book, BIRD-WITCHED, was published in Nov. 2005. Marjorie is survived by daughter, Zilla Adams, son, Lew Adams and wife Louise, grandchildren Melynda Smith and husband Joe, Kelly Zabcik and husband Bob, Adam Witherspoon and wife Jessica, Alethea Anthony and husband Dennis, nine great grandchildren, and cousins June Smothers, James P. Davis and Elizabeth Kelley. Marjorie and her husband Red were founding members of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin. A memorial service will be held at 4700 Grover Ave., Austin, TX, 78756, Sunday December 5, at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Travis Audubon and/or the First Unitarian Universalist Church.
Published in Austin American-Statesman on Nov. 28, 2010
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