Marilyn Adams

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Services for Marilyn Pollom Adams, 86, Lawrence, will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, September 16 at the Smith Center at Brandon Woods 4730 Brandon Woods Terrace, Lawrence, Kansas 66047.

Mrs. Adams died Thursday, September 6, 2018, at her home.

She was born June 9, 1932 in Lawrence, Kansas, to Cleatis and Marguerite Pollom. She attended public schools in Lawrence and graduated from Kansas University with a BS in Occupational Therapy. She later added a degree in Music Education from Emporia State University.

Marilyn married Dwight Adams in 1953. Together they had four children, Alan (Elaine), Laura (Norman) Shimabukuro, Sara (Bobby) Richard, and Bryan (Toni). They lived in Osage City, Kansas from 1959 to 2013. Dwight was a medical doctor there. They moved to Lawrence, KS in 2013.

Mrs. Adams's greatest work was raising her children. She established and managed the activity program at Osage Manor Nursing Home for 15 years, volunteered many hours in the First United Methodist Church, and for 15 years especially enjoyed directing 30 children in the junior choir. She spent 15 years as a den leader in Boy Scouts and a troop leader for Girl Scouts. She was very active in ECAT (Ecumenical Christian Action Team) serving as co-president and taking charge of the Christmas baskets each year. She was in charge of raising funds for The American Cancer Society in Osage County for many years.

Marilyn and Dwight enjoyed traveling in an RV and for 15 years they worked on Habitat for Humanity projects at 30 different sites in ten different states and New Zealand. She enjoyed needle work, knitting (especially making over 80 Christmas stockings for family), and quilting. She sewed many beautiful things including a great deal of clothing for the family. She is survived by her husband, her children, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

A sister, Jan Roberts preceded her in death in 2017.

In lieu of flowers a memorial contribution may be made directly to the Lawrence First United Methodist Church, ECAT, Habitat for Humanity, or .

Condolences may be sent at

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Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory
601 Indiana St
Lawrence, KS 66044
(785) 843-5111
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Published in Lawrence Journal-World on Sept. 9, 2018
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