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Minnie Adams


1924 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Minnie Adams Obituary
Minnie was born in Pocatello, Idaho, to Kameji and Miyoshi Okamura. She graduated from Pocatello High School with honors and went on to attend Henagar's Business College in Salt Lake City. During World War II she contributed to the war effort by working at a defense plant in Omaha, Nebraska.
Upon her marriage to Kenji Maruji, February 27, 1951, Minnie and Ken farmed in the Moreland area. On Ken's death, July 6, 1979, Minnie moved to Blackfoot. She married Hyrum Adams, March 22, 1998, who preceded her in death on July 9, 2006.
Minnie worked for the Eastern Idaho State Fair and later was employed at the Bingham County Extension Service as 4-H Program Assistant and secretary for 14 years. She had a great love for 4-H and was known to many as "The 4-H Lady." She received several awards and was inducted into Idaho's first 4-H Hall of Fame. She was one of four Idaho women selected to attend a National 4-H Clothing Conference in Washington D.C. in 1989. She also introduced the 4-H Clover Bud Program to the State of Idaho. After her retirement from the Extension Service, she kept involved in 4-H by serving as a judge at various county fairs.
She served as Baking and Canning Superintendent for the Eastern Idaho State Fair for three years and judged at special cooking events. She was a recipient of Channel 8 TV's "Eight Who Make a Difference in Southeastern Idaho" award and was presented the Zonta Club's "Women of Achievement" award in 1999.
Minnie loved to bake and enjoyed taking treats to the sick, to her friends and neighbors, and to businesses around town. She took great pride in her yard and shared the results of her garden with everyone. She greatly enjoyed her volunteer work at the Bingham Memorial Hospital gift shop and the Blackfoot Public Library. 
Minnie is survived by her children Donald (Diane) Maruji of West Valley, UT; Allan (Nancy) Maruji of Colville, WA; and Judy (Mark) Holdeman of West Jordan, UT; 13 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren; her sisters Kimi Takechi, Omaha, NE; Aiko Kusuda, Ogden, UT; Yuri Sasaki, Kaneohe, HI; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, daughter Susan, and brothers Paul and Roy Okamura.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 27, 2017, at 10 a.m. at the Blackfoot South Stake Center, 900 Riverton Road, Blackfoot, Idaho. Friends may visit with the family prior to the services between 9-9:45. Minnie will be interred at the Mountain View Cemetery in Pocatello, Idaho. A viewing will be held on Friday, May 26, at the Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S Shilling Avenue from 6-7:30 p.m.
Published in The Morning News on May 25, 2017
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