Billie W. Adams

1930 – 2010

AUBURN — Billie W. Adams, 80, of Auburn, passed away peacefully on March 1, with family by her side.

She was born in Neeses, S.C., Feb. 20, 1930. She attended public schools in Neeses until her family moved to Orangeburg, S.C. She graduated from Orangeburg High School in 1947. After graduation, she attended Draughns Business College in Columbia, S.C., while working at various businesses in Orangeburg.

She married William R. Adams Jr. on Aug. 4, 1950, in Orangeburg, S.C., and enjoyed 60 wonderful years together. They had four children and she devoted herself to being a homemaker and mother. After her family was grown, she continued her education at the University of Maine, Augusta and received an associate degree with distinction.

She was a talented and creative person who, over the years, has enjoyed many different hobbies. These included flower arranging, tole painting, oil painting, watercolors, sewing, rug braiding and counted cross stitch. She also enjoyed writing poetry and scrapbooking. Her joy in her hobbies was to give finished works to her family and friends. She loved traveling with her husband and together they visited all 50 states. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Auburn.

Besides her husband, William R. Adams Jr., of Auburn, she leaves her children, Constance Irland and husband, Lloyd, of Wayne, W. Ray Adams and wife, Lynne, of Greene, Carl Adams and wife, Martha, of Lewiston and Kay Allcroft and husband, Kevin, of Orrington; her grandchildren, Amy McCaslin and husband, Robert, of Shawnee, Kan., Erik Irland and wife, Jessica, of Rockland, Mass., Elisha Irland and wife, Reicher, of Tagaytay, Philippines, Johanna Irland of Wayne, Tara Adams of Yarmouth, Jake Adams of Portland, Parker Adams and wife, Colleen, of Auburn, Benjamin and Matthew Adams, of Lewiston, Kyle Allcroft of Brewer and Kody Allcroft of Orrington; great-grandchildren, Declan and Braedan McCaslin of Shawnee, Kan., and Maxwell Irland of Rockland, Mass.; and her sisters, Margaret Irick of Orangeburg, S.C., and Betty Bonnette of Neeses, S.C.

The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to the staff at Schooner Estates and The Hospice House and especially to her friends Dina Brochu, Sandy Petruska and Kim Walsh.