1926 - 2016
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ADAMS, MANETTE FISHWICK Manette Fishwick Adams, 90, died at Whitney Center in Hamden on November 17, 2016. She was born in Roanoke, Virginia on January 5, 1926, a daughter of William & Nellie Fishwick. She graduated from Jefferson High School in Roanoke; and received her BA degree from Hollins College and her MA degree from Yale University. She is survived by her husband, Harry Baker Adams, and her three children; Lynne Adams of New York City, Susan Adams (Kent Mason) of Bethesda, MD, and Paul Adams (Susan Sperling) of Piedmont, CA. She also leaves five grandchildren; Zachary Mason, Katie Mason, Sam Mason, Jack Adams, and Zoey Adams; and one sister, Anne Hughes of Decatur, GA. She was involved in many church and volunteer activities including Adult Education in New Haven Public Schools, Literacy Volunteers, Director of Christian Education in the North Haven Congregational Church, the Board of Sage Services, Board of New Samaritans, New Haven Hospital Dog Visitation Program, and was the founder of the Cheshire Aids Refugees Program. A memorial service will be held at the Spring Glen Congregational Church, 1825 Whitney Avenue, Hamden at 2:00 PM on Saturday, December 3. Memorial contributions may be made to Literacy Volunteers, 4 Science Park, New Haven, CT 06511. For more information or to send a condolence to her family, please visit

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Published in The New Haven Register from Nov. 19 to Nov. 20, 2016.
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December 31, 2016
Manette was unique, loving, dear, and honest to the bone. How I admired her!
margot fassler
December 16, 2016
Such a lovely force of stirring goodness.
From her wonderful dinners and songs around the piano to teaching at the adult literacy center and ever-present inclusiveness.
I'm grateful for all the kindnesses Manette showed to me and appreciative for my time spent with each of you as well, Harry, Lynn, Susan, and Paul.

Good health to all, Ed Dalton
November 28, 2016
Harry sorry for the lost of a wonderful woman was on her board at the North Haven Congregation Church for 3 years. My Kids were in here sunday school class.
Donald Geissler
November 20, 2016
Please except my sincere Condolences.
On the passing of Nanette. I'm am so sorry. She was my GED teacher at Farnham neighborhood house my sister and I went together there and she was so very nice and a loving caring person. She even invited her class like 8-10 of us to a picnic at her house in Cheshire and it was beautiful. She showed us around and showed us pics of her children in so sadI will truly miss her.
Teresa Onofrio
November 20, 2016
Mr. Adams, so sorry for your loss. She was a sweet lady and dear friend. . She was always glad to see me in the HC and at home. . I will miss her.
Susie Blankenship
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