Mary Ann Adams
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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.

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Published in Ann Arbor News from Jun. 23 to Jun. 24, 2020.
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June 28, 2020
Mary Ann came into my life through my cousin Candi and her parents, the Elliotts who lived just a hand full of cottages away. I can attest to her love for Halloween as she always found several new things to add to her collection when she shopped at the Dixboro General Store. Mary had a beautiful laugh that was full of love, warmth and friendship. Cavanaugh Lake lost ones of its treasures. Love to Dave, Jason and Cooper
Suzie Palmer Weber
Suzie Weber
June 25, 2020
I am proud to have called Mary, my cousin. Recently, I was excitedly telling a friend that I was her second cousin. I viewed being related to her, an honor. This beautiful and warm person was always so kind. She always greeted me like I was her long lost sister. She will be missed by family and so many friends.
Maxine Moulton
June 25, 2020
Peggy and Nitch: Jerry and I were sorry to hear this. Many fond memories of the Elliott sisters. This is a lovely tribute to Mary's life.
Alice Calder & Jerry Cooch
June 24, 2020
I still remember the first time I saw her - bright eyes, a brilliant smile, and oh that laugh! She was fun and funny. A good friend to my family. Words are not enough to say how much she will be missed. Our thoughts are with you David and family.
Denise L
June 24, 2020
Yes, Mary, I still have my pink Teddy Bear from 1968. I never did really thank you and Dave for letting me crash your cruises after my father died. I love how it doesnt matter how infrequently we see each other, your heart is so open that it is as if no time has passed at all. I want to be more like that! My prayers and love to the family in their loss. (By the way my mother is Marianne Staskievitz Trombly).
Barbie Trombly Nitsche
June 24, 2020
When I first met Mary, my daughter Katies mother-in-law, I remember her embracing me like I was already her friend. Her wonderful hug was for starters. She was such a gracious hostess along with her hubby Dave. You knew you would always be welcome at their fun home. Every room held different surprises on every wall, and floor. I felt like a little kid, looking at everything & enjoying the experience.
I felt so Blessed to know that Katie & her future children would be in such a warm & loving family.
Mary will be missed by so many. Im sure all her friends & loved ones have something she gave or made them to remember her everyday.
She passed doing something very calming, which helps us all who will miss her. Hugs to you Mary & Family!
Paula Lenneman
June 23, 2020
It is with great sorrow that the Class of 1964 RHS would like to send our condolences and prayers to David, the boys and all the family and friends of Mary. We were lucky to have known her. It was a small school and a lot of families had many kids in different classes, so everyone pretty well knew everyone else. She always had a smile for anyone in need of a smile. She will be missed.
Bill Sinkule
June 23, 2020
Old time friend memories never die. I love you Mary. Rest in peace.
Dennie Schiller
June 23, 2020
Our world has sent one of its angels home. Mary Ann was a person who made everyone she met feel special. Well miss her sparkle.
Marsy Elliott Doan
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