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Obituary for Ruth Marie Adams

Ruth Marie Adams
Ruth M. (nee McMahan) Adams, a school nurse teacher; a Registered Nurse (OB) and a committed community service resident of Springville, died on Thursday August 28, 2014 at The Altenheim, a nursing home near the home of her son, in Indianapolis. She was 94.

She was born July 8, 1920 and raised in Liberty, Indiana. She received her Nursing Certification at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. It was there that she met her husband, Springville resident, Wendell D. Adams, Sr. They were married in 1945 in St. Petersburg, Florida where he was then stationed in WW II before returning to Springville to establish their home and family.

During the next 25 years she raised two children, worked at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in OB, and was school nurse at Springville-Griffith Institute and St. Aloysius School. It had been said that if she wasn't able to put a loving touch on a newborn baby at Bertrand Chaffee, she probably did when they reached middle school. She returned to college to receive her Teacher Cert (1968) from SUNY at Buffalo. She developed a strong affiliation with the Springville First United Methodist Church and established herself as a community service volunteer.

With the untimely passing of her husband in 1971, Ruth had to close the family business, Adams Motor Sales and in 1984 she retired from her school nurse position. This meant more opportunity for travel, family, friends and community service. She visited all the continents, traveled to at least 30 countries and had visited all 50 states. She was involved in Meals-on-Wheels, Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Concord Historical Society, Love, Inc., Monday Club, Birthday Club, Food Pantry, Senior Citizens Club, FORUM, United Methodist Women's Association, and a group, loosely known as the "Crazy Eights". She became known as someone who would drive a person to their medical appointment, or assist with basic health issues or when needed, to just be a friend. In the year 2000, Ruth Adams was recognized as Citizen of the Year by the Springville Area Chamber of Commerce.

She is survived by two children - Wendell D. Jr. (Diana Eby) Adams of Indianapolis, IN & Gale M. (Richard E.) Warner of St. George, ME; grandchildren - Wendell D. Adams, III of Los Angeles, CA, Austin C. (Stacy Shorter) Adams of Indianapolis, IN, Jennifer Marie Warner of Rockland, ME, Wendy Jean Warner of Sanford, NC; a brother - Charles R. McMahan of Richmond, IN and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a grandson - Adam E. Warner and two brothers - John R. McMahan and David N. McMahan.

Contributions in honor of Ruth's life may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 474 E. Main St., Springville or any of the above mentioned local service organizations.
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