Adams, Mary Ann 3/30/1948 - 6/18/2020 Bay Saint Louis It is with great sorrow that our family announces the sudden passing of Mary Ann (Elliott) Adams. On June 18, 2020, without any pain or suffering, Mary left our world to be somewhere less confusing and chaotic, and to look down on her family and friends while more than likely enjoying a cocktail with her beloved parents, George and Marian. Mary was born on March 30, 1948, in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Many incredible and funny stories can be told of her educational experience and exploits on the campus of Eastern Michigan University where she would attend school from kindergarten all the way through to graduating high school in 1966 at the private institution, Roosevelt. It was during this time that Mary met and cultivated life-long friendships, relationships that continued throughout her life. It was also during her junior year of high school that Mary would find the love of her life, William David Adams. Mary and Dave were married on June 15, 1968, and spent 52 years together creating wonderful memories for their family and friends. Anyone who knew Mary, knew how much she cherished her family and her bond to Cavanaugh Lake. It was on Cavanaugh Lake that Mary and Dave raised their two sons, David and Jason. It was at the lake that provided the Adams Family a story-book setting of fishing, float boating, and water skiing during the summer, while snowmobiling, snow forts, and hockey prevailed during the winter months. David and Jason had no problems "sharing" Mary, as many kids considered her their second mom. Mary's home was the ultimate Kool-Aid house. The house was rarely locked, but our friends knew that if the family wasn't home to come inside anyways, help themselves to anything in the fridge, grab a drink (just not the last Coke), or were more than welcome to take the boat out for a spin on the lake...this is how Mary lived. If you were in need, what was hers, was yours to use, borrow, or have. She lived by the motto instilled in her from her parents of, "pay it forward." Any student who attended Chelsea High School during the 80's and 90's knew Mary as the lunch lady or cheer coach who they could come talk to if they had problems, were short on lunch money, or just needed a hug. She, a humble lunch lady and coach, had a huge impact on many of their lives. Mary loved her chosen profession, while her sons questioned if she took on that role just to keep an eye on them at school. Regardless, Mary's influence at Chelsea High was profound and positive. She loved all the students, and they returned that love to her. Mary had so many loves in her life- the beach, water, flip flops, good music. If she had down time you could count on her either reading a book or crafting. She loved sewing, cross stitching, and creating handmade dolls- many of which found their way into the lives of little kids during Christmas or birthdays. Mary loved the holidays, especially Halloween and Christmas. She kept her home constantly decorated. A highlight for her every year was hosting, along with her grandson Cooper, of the Halloween Bash held at the cottage. Her idea of decorating was that there should be no space left empty on the walls. She took pride in decorating her home with signs, figurines, antiques...her biggest treasure, of course, was her family. Mary loved her family with a passion indescribable, but the light in her eyes was always brighter for her grandkids; Cameron, Cooper, Victoria, and William. She was always smiling and laughing, but the little ones brought her the most joy. She was kind, generous, and loving. She loved her family to the moon and back. She gave the best hugs. She was the most beautiful grandma in the world. She was a great daughter, sister, cousin, wife, mom, aunt, and friend. She was Mary, and God broke the mold when he made her. She will never be forgotten. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, George and Marian Elliott, her mother in law, Katherine Eisele, and her daughter in law, Stacy Adams. The loved ones that she leaves behind are her husband, Dave Adams, her two sons, David (Katie) Adams and Jason Adams, her sisters, Peggy (Mike) Butler and Jennette (Joe) Laban, her father in law, Eldean Eisele, her brother in law and family, John Adams, Emma (Jody) Horn, Aidan, Riley, her beloved grandchildren, Cameron, Cooper, Victoria and William, her niece and family, Jenny (Corey) Calland, Adrian, Lexi, and many numerous friends. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date in Chelsea, Mich.
Published in Ann Arbor News from Jun. 23 to Jun. 24, 2020.