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Laura Jeanne Wilson Adams

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Adams Laura Jeanne Wilson Adams, Ph.D., left the stage on May 13 2017 at age 87. Laura joins parents Louise (McConnell) and Howard Wilson, husband David Adams and son Andy Tobias. She leaves two daughters, Lisa Adams and Kate Storm (Gary Saum); and cousin, Mary Lou Baumgardner. Born November 11, 1929 in Zanesville. From her mother she got her love of art, music, literature and theatre, and from her father, her pragmatism and good nature. Her quick smile, compassion and joie de vivre were all her own. Undergrad Marietta College (Chi Omega). Masters and Ph.D. at OSU. Laura taught high school drama and English before becoming a therapist. Married Steve Tobias in 1953. Adopted Stephen Andrew Tobias in 1965, the best day of her life. The couple later separated. Married Dave Adams in 1977. They counseled couples together and never stopped learning new ways to help people. Many of her most cherished friendships were those she forged at the Unitarian Church. She said "When I met Dave Adams and he brought me to this church, I knew I had come home." She took OSU classes in her 70's, attended plays, wrote memoirs, and read daily. She worked on the Obama campaign and stayed an unrepentant liberal to the end, telling hospice nurses her views. Come celebrate Laura's life at the UU Church at 93 W. Weisheimer on Saturday, June 10, 2017, 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus or .


Published in The Columbus Dispatch on May 21, 2017
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