Mary Rouzie Adams
June 17, 1932 - June 10, 2021
With great sadness, we announce the passing of Mary Rouzie Adams on June 10th. Mary always found fun and happiness in her life. Born to Evelyn and Reverend Irwin C. Johnson in Detroit, Michigan in 1932, Mary was raised with faith and love. Her passing is preceded by her parents, her brother, David Johnson and her first, second and third husbands, W. Murray Fowler, George M. Holstein, III and John S. Rouzie.
Mary graduated from University Liggett School in Indian Village, MI in 1949. Prior to attending college, she loved teaching ballroom dance to children in Grosse Pointe, MI. In her young adult life, Mary successfully modeled, often being featured in the newspaper and was even a finalist as Mrs. Michigan in the Mrs. America Pageant. Mary pursued her degree in early childhood education from Stephens College in Columbia, MO and commenced in 1951 after which time she returned to Michigan to teach at her alma mater. It was after graduation that she married Murray Fowler and had three children together: David, Jeff, and Missy.
The family of five briefly moved to New Jersey and ultimately landed in Southern California in the late 60's. Mary often volunteered at the local hospitals where she lived and worked as a Membership Director for the Newport Beach Tennis Club. One of Mary's favorite passions was travel and she enjoyed many years of her life between homes in Newport Beach, Rancho Mirage, and Big Fork, Montana. Mary explored over 90 countries, often including her children and grandchildren, which awakened them to travel and the building of wonderful memories together as a family.
During one of these trips, Mary met and married her husband of nearly 20 years, Ray Adams. They cruised extensively together for many of their years of marriage. Mary was past President of the Palm Springs Pathfinders (Boys and Girls Club) and was active for many years at the Thunderbird Country Club, including the Birdettes. Mary played tennis and golf but found most of her enjoyment in entertaining her many friends and family members.
She is survived by her husband Ray, sister Elenore Tuttle, sons David Fowler and Jeff Fowler (Bib) and daughter Missy Alward. She also leaves behind five grandchildren, Alex Alward, Lane Timian (Travis), Blaine Alward, Ian Fowler (Hillary) and Alden Burton Fowler, a great granddaughter, Blake Mary Timian, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mary gave her last and most personal donation to the Neuropathy Laboratory at the Mayo Clinic in the hope to aid in the understanding and development of a cure for Corticobasal Degeneration - the disease she bravely fought for the past six years. Mary's passing asks us to remember the extraordinary life that she generously shared with love and happiness to all those around and to always find the joy and love around us.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Palm Springs Pathfinders (Boys and Girls Club) or the Thunderbird Country Club Scholarship Foundation. A Celebration of Life will be held later in the year.
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Published by The Desert Sun from Jun. 14 to Jun. 15, 2021.