Sharon “Kay” Adams, 71, Chaumont

CHAUMONT, NY — Sharon “Kay” Adams, 71, of Chaumont, New York passed away Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018.

Kay ended her brave battle with cancer at home, surrounded by her dear family and friends.

Kay was born Nov. 8, 1946, at Paxton, IL.  Her parents were Francis and Bernadine Collins Adams.

She leaves behind her 3 children: Aaron ( Ashley ) Goodrich, Evansville,  Indiana,  Angelia “Angie” (Steven) Phillips, Ardmore, Oklahoma,  and Jason (Arnie) Pulido, Daly City, California. She created special memories for all of her kids, from her terrible cooking to her tremendous love of Christmas.

She also leaves siblings Linda (Bill) Gandy, Sibley, IL, John W. (Kirsten) Anderson, Watertown, NY, and Richard (Lisa) Anderson, Dexter, NY, as well as many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews and nieces, and cousins.

Kay was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, brothers, David (Emily) Adams and Delmar Anderson, and grandson, Michael Phillips.

Everywhere she lived she left many memorable friends who remained her friends all her life. She spent the most time in Vacaville, California, making a new start for her young family and setting the example for a strong single mother in the 1970’s.  There, remarried, Kay created a home full of love and coziness, being most proud of her fruit orchard and rose garden.

One of Kay’s favorite jobs that she spoke of often was her time as a Domestic Missionary Outreach at World Vision in Federal Way, Washington.  She considered herself blessed to have been employed there while the founder, Robert Pierce, was still active.  She greatly enjoyed the times he would walk around, stop, and visit with the employees, who he considered the backbone of the company.  She made many friends while on the phone telling them about the work of this special nonprofit Christian organization.

She was an active member of the Emmanuel Congregational Church of Watertown, NY, having served as a Deacon with her dog Linus for many years.

Kay had many passions in her life, from her special wink to all her nieces and nephews, Dr. Pepper, and indulging in her her insane amount of watching QVC.

Calling Hours will be at Reed & Benoit Funeral Home on 632 State Street  in Watertown New York on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018 from 5-7pm.

Kay will be put to rest on Friday Oct 5th, 2018 in Gibson City Drummer Township Cemetery, Gibson City, IL.  The service will open to the public for family and  friends.

The family wishes to thank all friends and family that assisted in her care during the past year.  A special thank you to Deonna McCollom and Carol Dadona for their dear friendship and wonderful care is in order, along with immense gratitude and appreciation for the staff of Jefferson County Hospice.

Kay listened to a different drummer.   Kay’s theme song was, “I did it my way”.  All who really knew her, knew this.

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