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Bernice C. Adams

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ADAMS, BERNICE C., 89, passed quietly October 23, 2010 at her home in North Palm Beach, FL, following a long illness.

Bernice was born June 19, 1921, in Schenectady, NY to Fred M. Kinns, a manager for General Electric and Eudora Mae Van Woert-Kinns, a homemaker. Growing up in Schenectady, Bernice enjoyed summers at Lake George with her extended family. She graduated from Scotia High School in 1939. However, due to the premature death of her father, she was not able attend college opting to find work to support her mother.

She began her career as a file clerk at General Electric progressing to cost accountant in just two years. While at GE, she met and married, Richard Christie, an engineer at GE in, 1942. The couple and her invalid mother moved to Bridgeport, CT the same year. Their only child, Karen, was born in 1947.

Following her husband, Bernice moved to Louisville, Chicago, IL, where she became a successful real estate salesperson, Syracuse, NY, Bridgeport and Excelsior, MN, where she became the "back-room" sales manager for Loehmans.

Divorced in 1980, Bernice moved to North Palm Beach, FL, where she met and married her longtime friend, Jim Adams in 1982. Bernice and Jim lived happily in Louisville, while Jim completed his career with GE as an accounting manager. Following retirement, they lived several years in Louisville then moved to North Palm Beach in 1993.

Bernice was an accomplished pianist and landscape artist and enjoyed bridge, "spite and malice," shopping, reading and traveling throughout the world. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Adams in 1998.

Bernice is survived by her daughter, Karen Christie (Don); grandson Rick Clark (Maria); granddaughter, Kari Foreman (Craig); great-granddaughter, Camilla Clark; great-grandson, Erick Clark; stepdaughters, Jyl LaVera (Mike), Janice Bonham (Eddie), Susan Adams (widow of Jimmy) and numerous beloved step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren as well as many close and special friends.

Memorial donations can be made to the Jimmy Adams Scholarship Fund at Trinity High School.


Published in The Courier-Journal on Nov. 14, 2010
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