A celebration of life honoring Dorothy “Dot” Walters Adams, 89, will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, March 7, 2013 at Broadmoor United Methodist Church, Shreveport. Officiating will be the Rev. Conrad Edwards. Interment will follow at Centuries Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at Rose-Neath Marshall Street Chapel in Shreveport.
Mrs. Adams was born April 16, 1923 in El Paso, Texas and passed away Saturday, March 2, 2013 in Shreveport. She was a loving and devoted wife to her husband, Jim, whom she met while at Northeast Louisiana College in Monroe in the early 1940's.
They married and he went to war as a pilot in the Army Air Corp flying B-24’s. After the war, they settled in Shreveport and lovingly raised four boys: Jimmy, David, Tommy and Mark. Dot was a loving Mother and confidant to her daughters-in-laws, Phyllis and Ginger, and a loving “Granny” to her two granddaughters, Kim and Ashley, as well as her extended family of grandkids, Kara, Paul and Leah. Welcome family additions included Kim’s husband Jamie Cordes, Ashley’s husband John Sengson and Kara’s husband Pedro Leal. She was a doting Granny who loved her five wonderful great-grandchildren, Bryan, Sarah, Harrison, Ella and Knox. She felt blessed to have her family, and we were so blessed to have her.
Dot loved kids. She even went back to school to become a teacher in her 40’s because she knew she could communicate with children, and for more than a decade she shared her love and life’s lessons with her students. She graduated Centenary College with Honors.
She came from a hardy family with strong values of generosity, respect for others, storytelling, humor, hard work, unwavering personal ethics, responsibility, sacrifice and a robust love of life. She made friends easily and shared her spirit freely. She was a mother to many extended family friends and a dependable source of comfort or advice. She was a great listener. Neighbors, sorority sisters, church family and her boys’ many friends, all became part of the Adams' family. Anyone who knew her for long became part of her family. Dot had a beautiful smile that would light up a room or your day. She rarely met a stranger, had a gift for gab and could talk with most anyone, and possibly out talk anyone but Dad. Don’t get cornered by Dad unless you have some serious time on your hands.
She loved flowers, knew many by name, and tended her flower beds and gardens as long as health allowed. She got that passion for the outdoors from her Mom and Dad, too. She loved to cook and she was darn good at it. She could bake and cook just about anything, and with four hungry boys and a family that hunted and fished, sometimes those bullfrog legs, fish or squirrel, duck or quail, needed a little something extra. Homemade cookies, cakes, cobblers and pies….good…you betcha. When bedridden from a serious auto accident in her early 40’s, she taught her young sons to cook, and they continue to share that passion for the kitchen and cooking today. She passed down her spirit and love of life as well, but she made sure discipline, manners and respect for others were blended in.
She was a devout Christian with a tremendous faith in Jesus Christ, with a great love and devotion to her church and church family. She and Dad made sure their boys grew up in the church and in the early 1950’s became members of Broadmoor Methodist, where they were Sunday School Teachers, Youth Counselors and involved in a variety of programs. Though her health in later years prevented her from attending regularly, she faithfully read her bible and Dad attended for her. She missed her Sunday school class and they missed her. She didn’t complain about her health, or pain, or any misfortune. She was taught to carry on and feel blessed for every day. She was tough and she lived her life that way. An example to all her family, she is loved and will be missed by many, but upon her arrival in the hereafter, she will be greeted by her many friends and family who have gone before her.
Dot asked that in lieu of flowers her friends consider a donation to the Broadmoor United Methodist Church.