Mary Lou Drey Adams
Mary Lou Drey Adams died peacefully on Sunday, July 18, 2021, surrounded by her family and loving caretakers.
Products and services for Mary Lou ended up held on Saturday, Aug. 14, at Queen of Heaven Chapel in Lafayette, Calif.
Mary Lou was born in Vermillion, S.D., to Milo and Mildred Drey and elevated on a farm in Scotland, S.D. She was the eldest of 4 youngsters like Jim, Marge and Francis Drey.
At age 7, her father died of pneumonia, leaving her mom and the children to fend for them selves. As the eldest, Mary Lou made use of her resourcefulness and resilience to survive and support care for the spouse and children. Just about every summertime the small children would continue to be with kinfolk and friends when their mother used time in the area convent.
At age 16, she graduated from high college and taught grades 1st via 8th for two yrs in small rural educational institutions to assistance herself whilst also attending the Southern Point out College. She liked teaching and experienced an eye for and the compassion to look for out these pupils that struggled and instill them with adore and self-confidence.
Mary Lou later attended school at the College of South Dakota, Vermillion, the place she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Post-graduation, she utilized for and secured a teaching placement in Venezuela the place she tutored children in English whilst turning out to be fluent in Spanish. Her time in South The united states included some of her fondest memories.
In June 1954, she returned to the U.S. and married Charles Herbert Adams. They settled in Akron, Iowa, and farmed for three decades. Soon after two droughts and a flood, they packed up their crimson Pontiac, U-Haul trailer and two children, Sheree Lynn (age 3) and David (age two) and drove to Walnut Creek, Calif.
Mary Lou ongoing her occupation in schooling teaching 3rd quality at Ygnacio Valley Elementary and Walnut Acres Elementary Universities.
On Dec. 5, 1958, she gave start to Gregory Edward Adams (died July 4, 1977) and on Aug. 28, 1968, to son, Christopher Joseph Adams. Her children had been her finest legacy. She expended hours coaching and counseling them, imparting her wisdom and Midwestern values.
With Mary Lou’s drive and intelligence, she took a variety of management roles in the group, American Association of College Ladies (AAUW) President – becoming an advocate for ladies and greater education, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) – a member and who liked our nation and was a happy patriot, and GemCo Scholarship Committee – aided to fund education for individuals that most necessary fiscal assistance.
Eventually, Mary Lou was a religious woman of faith. She was a lector at Saint John Vianney Catholic Church. She noticed gals as highly effective healers. Her biggest would like was for persons to display other people additional kindness and compassion toward every other.
She will be remembered as a woman of beauty, wisdom, and grace.
She is survived by daughter, Sheree Adams Waterson sons, David Charles Adams and Christopher Joseph Adams grandson, Bode sister, Marge Houk nieces, Jennifer Reince, Roxanne Olson, Cathy, Beth and Paul Houck.
In lieu of bouquets, donations can be designed to both St. Jude Kid’s Analysis Hospital by contacting 800-822-2344 and making use of memorial code ID No. 22531861, or to The Wounded Warrior Task in Mary Lou’s name: https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate.
Released by Sioux Town Journal on Aug. 15, 2021.