A memorial service for Mary Anna Rees Pringle Adams will be held on December 20th, 2021, at 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary of First United Methodist Church, Shreveport, Louisiana. She passed away on December 2nd, 2021, after a tragic automobile accident.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Vivian Taylor Rees and Ernest Willie Rees of Ringgold, Louisiana and her husband, Lieutenant Colonel William Tolbert Adams, USAF, Ret.
Her survivors include her daughter, Catherine Rees Pringle Smith of Shreveport, Louisiana, her sons, Dr. Robert Perry Pringle, Jr. and wife Dr. Kelly Niederhausen Pringle of Louisville, Kentucky, and John Spencer Pringle and wife Therese Lukacs Pringle of Shreveport, Louisiana, her stepchildren, James Floyd Adams and wife Kathleen Peterson Adams of Dallas, Texas, and Sara Adams Tsuboi and husband Kenneth Keith Tsuboi of Palo Alto, California. Also, her beloved grandchildren, Mary Elizabeth Smith, Spencer Lukacs Pringle, Mark Henry Smith, Jr., Eleanor Rees Pringle of Shreveport, Louisiana, Caroline Paige Pringle and Benjamin Rees Pringle of Louisville, Kentucky. Step grandchildren are Spencer Douglas Adams and wife Dr. Heidi Kloefkorn Adams, and their daughter, Margot Claire Adams of Philomath, Oregon, Mallory Elizabeth Adams of Plano, Texas, Laila Tsuboi Kerrigan and husband Rian Kerrigan of Sebastopol, California, and Danni Nobuko Tsuboi of Oakland, California.
Mrs. Adams was born on January 19, 1940, in Pleasant Hill, Louisiana, to Vivian Taylor Rees and Ernest Willie Rees. Her parents moved to Ringgold, Louisiana when she was two years old. She graduated Ringgold High School as Valedictorian in 1958. There she served as the first female President of the Student Council. At graduation, she received the American Legion Citizenship Award and the DAR Outstanding Citizen Award.
Mrs. Adams graduated from Louisiana Tech with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Home Economics and a minor in Art in 1962. There, she was a member of Mortar Board, served as the President of Phi Mu Sorority, Vice-President of the sophomore class, Dormitory President, and was a member of the Panhellenic Council and the Associated Women Student's Board.
Following graduation, she moved with her first husband, Robert Perry Pringle, to New Orleans, Louisiana, where she worked for the Boeing Company as a Graphic Illustrator on Boeing's Saturn Program which built the first stage launch rockets for all the moon landings. In New Orleans, she was a member of the New Orleans Chapter of the Louisiana Crafts Council, Tulane Student Bar Association Auxiliary (President), the Phi Mu Alumni Association and was a MYF counselor at Lake Vista United Methodist Church.
After moving to Shreveport in 1967, Mrs. Adams became active in the community and in the lives of her children. She served as Sunday School teacher for pre-schoolers for ten years, Cub Scout Den Mother for both of her sons and driver for her daughter's competitive swimming and all of her sons' sports activities. She was PTA Board Member of First Baptist Church School, South Highlands Magnet, Broadmoor Junior High, and Caddo Magnet High School.
In the community, she served on the Boards of the Shreveport Panhellenic Council (President), Phi Mu Alumni (President), the Junior League of Shreveport, the Shreveport Symphony Guild, Rutherford House, the Craft Alliance, Shreveport Bar Auxiliary (President), the Samaritan Center (President), the Friend's Board of the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum (President), and the Governing Board of Louisiana State Exhibit Museum. She is listed in the 1970 edition of Outstanding Young Women of America.
Mrs. Adams worked as a Commercial Realtor, Space Planner, and Designer for the U. L. Coleman Companies from 1984 to 2005.
She was a devoted member of First United Methodist Church, having served as Sunday School teacher, Church Council member, Board of Trustees member, Louisiana Methodist Conference delegate, and most proudly, a member of the Facilities Improvement Committee, and the Building Committee in the planning and construction of the Education and Administration Building (where she proposed the building's location and connecting bridge across Sprague Street), the Early Childhood Building, and the Emmett Hook Center.
Mary Anna was an exceptional mother but an even better grandmother, 'Mimi'. She always had a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye. Her grandchildren will fondly remember 'Mimi's toast' and her chocolate sheet cake, and her lucky friends will miss her cheese grits. Her family would like to thank the Shreveport Police Department, Shreveport Fire Department, and the staff from LSUHSC Trauma Center.
Memorials can be made to the Eternal Flame Endowment Fund, First United Methodist Church, Post Office Box 1567, Shreveport, Louisiana, 71165-1567.
Published by Osborn Funeral Home - Shreveport on Dec. 4, 2021.