Laurel J. Adams


NEW VINEYARD — Laurel Jane Adams, 65, of New Vineyard, passed away peacefully at her home on Jan. 10.

She was born Nov. 13, 1947, in Meriden, Conn., to Anthony Joseph Davella and Mildred Pierson Davella. She grew up in Cheshire, Conn., where she graduated at the top of her class from Cheshire High School and went on to attend Rhode Island School of Design.

While living in Providence, Laurel met her future husband, Stephen Samuel Adams, while they both worked at The Fallen Angel. After a romantic courtship, Stephen proposed on New Year’s Eve of 1974, and they were married on May 3, of that year. The couple moved to the beautiful woods of Maine in 1976, and welcomed their daughter, Daisy in 1979. Laurel’s life in Maine was filled with the love of many wonderful friends, the companionship of her pets and countless hours in her flower garden. She was an artist in every way, bringing creativity and style to all aspects of her life.

Laurel spent many happy years working as the manager of Mainestone Jewelry in Farmington, where she exuded a great love for her job. Her obsession with detail and exactitude lent itself perfectly to creating beautiful shop displays and remembering just what every customer liked.

She was a true Anglophile and enjoyed two wonderful trips to England, once with Daisy and once with Stephen. One trip included a pilgrimage to the real site of Wuthering Heights, her favorite book.

When not reading or gardening, Laurel could be found working on the New York Times crossword or complex jigsaw puzzles. She enjoyed cherrystone clams and could dissect a lobster like no one else. She was happy to perch on her favorite stool at the Dugout in Farmington, sipping a PBR across from Stephen and reading the local paper.

She is survived by her father, Anthony Davella Sr. of Cheshire, Conn.; her devoted husband, Stephen S. Adams of New Vineyard; her daughter, Daisy Adams Ellard and her husband, Nicholas Ellard, of Dover, N.H.; her sister, Jean Davella of Meriden, Conn.; her brother, Anthony Davella Jr. and his wife, Karen, of Nevis; as well as many loving friends.

Laurel was predeceased by her mother, Mildred Davella.

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