Mystic - Deborah (Knapp) Adams, wife of Joseph A. Adams, passed away suddenly Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010, at Woodlake at Tolland.
Deborah was born in Danbury, May 4, 1937, daughter of the late F. Richmond and Eleanor (Merrill) Knapp. Deborah grew up in West Mystic, attended Fitch High School, and graduated from Colby Junior College. After graduation she worked at Travelers Insurance Co. She went on to have a 34 year career in banking at Hartford National Bank and retired from Shawmut National Bank as vice president. Debbie was on the board of governors of the Hartford Chapter of the American Institute of Banking, a member of the South Hartford Business & Professional Assoc., a charter member of the Hartford Chapter of Financial Women International, and a treasurer and board member of the Hartford Women's Network. After retirement, she went to work for the Connecticut Conference of UCC, in charge of planned giving. She was very active at Center Congregational Church, Manchester as a deaconess, chairman of the board of education, and other positions on multiple boards and committees. She gave many hours to raising money for various Hartford area causes.
Deborah was predeceased by her brother, Peter Merrill Knapp.
Besides her husband, Joseph, she leaves her sister-in-law, Christa; niece, Merrill; nephews, Andreas and wife, Patricia, and Tristan; grand-nephews, Justin, Stewart, and Leander; grand-niece, Emily; cousins, Gail, Sue, and Fay; step-son, Allen and wife, Denisa; step-daughter, Courtney; step-grandchildren, Griffin and Haven; beloved extended family; and, of course, Max the cat. Debbie loved her family and friends and gave generously of her time and spirit.
Visiting hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, 2010, at Watkins Funeral Home, 142 East Center St., Manchester. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, at Center Congregational Church, 11 Center St., Manchester.
Memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York NY 10018 or to Center Congregational Church, 11 Center St., Manchester CT 06040.