Ellen Adams

Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Ellen Adams

Ellen J. Adams, 75, died Monday, March 10, 2008, at Ratliff Care Center.

She was born Oct. 4, 1932, at Gravel Hill, Mo., daughter of Lyman E. and Etta C. Jones Proffer. She married Donald C. Adams in 1948. They resided in Cape Girardeau more than 60 years.

Adams worked at the former International Shoe Co., the former Davis Electric and the former Florsheim Shoe Co., all in Cape Girardeau. She was employed by the city of Cape Girardeau and taught genealogy for a short time at Southeast Missouri State University.

She was a member of Bethel Assembly of God Church, past president and life member of Cape Girardeau County Genealogical Society, member of St. Mark's Order of the Eastern Star 167 and was worthy matron in 1995. She also belonged to White Shrine of Jerusalem and was a past member of Daughters of the American Revolution.

Survivors include her husband; three sons, Gary C. Adams of Lawndale, Calif., Jerry W. Adams of Youngtown, Ariz., Danny R. Adams of Fenton, Mo; two daughters, Cynthia L. Adams Plouffe-Rainwater of Cape Girardeau, Donna D. Adams-Whittaker of Maumelle, Ark.; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a sister, a brother and a grandson.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson. An Eastern Star service will be held at 7.

The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Phillip Roop officiating. Burial will be in Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson.