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REV. JUDITH "JUDY" K. ADAMS, 66, of Kokomo, was called home on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. Born March 31, 1947, in Kokomo, she as a daughter of the late Howard and Laura Harper. She was married to Ken Adams on May 2, 1987, at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Kokomo.; he survives. Judy graduated from Kokomo High School in 1965, after which she attended Indiana University Kokomo, and the University of Texas in Brownsville Texas. She also graduated from Garrett Theological Seminary, in Evanston Ill., and the Preaching Academy. She worked for Motorola as a customer service representative and also at Schillinger & Associates before moving with her husband to Brownsville, Texas. While there, she was the plant manager of a wiring harness manufacturing plant, and became the Director of the Foreign Trade Zone for the Port of Brownsville, Texas. Judy returned to Kokomo in 1993 and went into the ministry in 1997. She served these churches during her ministry, Twelve Mile UMC, Bethlehem UMC (Twelve Mile Indiana), Parr UMC, and Cassville UMC, (Kokomo), Outreach Pastor for Grace UMC, (Kokomo), interim pastor at Burlington UMC before being appointed to Pleasant Grove UMC in Warsaw, she then went on a short sabbatical and was reappointed to North Liberty UMC and Sumption Prairie UMC, she then retired in 2011 and did pulpit fill in Marion, Burlington, Goldsmith and lastly, Grant UMC, (Fairmount) and Summitville UMC. She was an active participant in several Conference and District Committees within the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church. Judy was the first head of the Order of Local Pastors in the New Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church. She was instrumental in developing the training courses for Pulpit Supply Pastors. She also, while at Parr UMC and Grace UMC, helped put together the Master Teacher Tutoring Program. She served on several Emmaus Walks as Spiritual Leader. She also served on the original board for Kokomo Urban Outreach. To say that she loved her cats would be an understatement; she had cat memorabilia throughout her home and her church offices of her beloved cats, Tigger and Bella. She also loved to quilt and paint with her children and grandchildren, as well as enjoy music including choir and hand bells. She is survived by her husband, Ken; son, Mike (Brandy) Conner; daughter, April Campbell; stepson, Brian (Joselyn) Adams; grandchildren, Stefani (Seth) Stucker, Taylor Conner, Michael Conner Jr., Shelby Cree, Brandon Cree, Joey Adams, Leah Conner, Gabriella Stucker, and Peyton McKinney; brother-in-law, Jack (Ann) Adams; and family friend, Tina Valadez. She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Laura Harper; and stepson, Brad Adams. "We as a family would like to thank the hospice nurses at Saint Joseph Hospital, Anita, Betty, Julie, and Deb for their special care." Funeral service is 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, at Main Street United Methodist Church, 830 South Main St., Kokomo, Ind., where friends may visit with th family from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. The Rev. Nancy S. Blevins officiating, assisted by Dr. Phil Granger, her District Superintendent Rev. Michelle Cobb, and Rev. Riley Case. Burial to follow service in Sunset Memory Gardens. Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to the , Main Street United Methodist Church, or an organization of the donor's choice. You are invited to read Judy's obituary at, where you may sign the guestbook, or share a personal message for the family. Arrangements by Ellers Mortuary Webster Street Chapel, 3400 South Webster St.
Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Nov. 29, 2013
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