Jeanie May Adams


Remembered for her roles as wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and poet, and for her every tender touch and gentle stroke that instilled solitude in one's heart, JEANIE MAY ADAMS died in Alexandria, Virginia on October 20, 2003.

Known for her noble bearing and old-world graciousness by her family and friends Jeanie Adams's persona was not a manufactured one, but a product of birthright and the events that shaped and nurtured her life. Born November 16, 1929 in Newark, New Jersey to John Perry and Appie George, she was christened Jeanie May Perry. She was the second youngest of seven brothers and sisters. Mrs. Adams was raised in Newark where she attended school. She sculpted her life, in ways both subtle and direct, to meet the needs of her family, creating her long life of devotion.

Mrs. Adams career as a loving wife began with her union with Theodore Adolphus Adams Jr. on December 16, 1952. Mr. Adams was an officer in the United States Army. After his retirement as a lieutenant colonel, he founded and led Unified Industries Inc. until his death on July 17, this year. Together, Mr. and Mrs. Adams followed a rule of living with quality over quantity, fitting them for a journey that proved richer than that of many who were more abundantly endowed with material goods.

On October 20, 2003, Jeanie May Adams joined her husband of 53 years in the afterlife. She is survived by her son, Theodore Adolphus Adams III; and her three daughters, Karen Felicia Ambrose, Deborah Fern Adams-Edwards and Christina Yvonne Adams; nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Family will receive friends on Monday, November 3, 2003 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at DEMAINE SPRINGFIELD-ANNANDALE FUNERAL CHAPEL, Backlick and Edsall Rds., Springfield, VA. Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, November 4, 12 Noon at St. Bernadette's Catholic Church, Old Keene Mill Rd., Springfield, VA. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that contributions in Mrs. Adams' honor be made to the Adams grandchildren's college fund. Contributions should be made payable to "College America" and forwarded to Theodore A. Adams, III, c/o Unified Industries Incorporated, 6551 Loisdale Court, Suite 400, Springfield, VA 22150.

Funeral Home

Demaine Funeral Home
5308 Backlick Road Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 941-9428

Published in The Washington Post from Oct. 23 to Oct. 26, 2003