Beloved wife and mother, Ellen Jean Adams, went to heaven March 10, 2008.
She was born Oct. 4, 1932, in Gravel Hill, Mo., daughter of Lyman E. Proffer and Etta C. Jones Proffer. She married Donald C. Adams in 1948. They resided in Cape Girardeau more than 60 years.
Together they had five children, 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; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Ellen Jean was preceded in death by a sister, Lucille M. Proffer Loos; a brother, Clent W. Proffer; and a grandson.
She was a member of Bethel Assembly of God Church in Cape Girardeau. She worked at the former International Shoe Co., the former Davis Electric, the former Florsheim Shoe Co., all in Cape Girardeau, and the city of Cape Girardeau.
Ellen Jean loved doing genealogy and was a past president, and life-time member of Cape Girardeau County Genealogical Society, as well as teaching genealogy at Southeast Missouri State University for a brief period of time. She was a tireless volunteer, and belonged to the Order of the Eastern Star St. Mark's 167 and was worthy matron in 1995. She also belonged to the White Shrine of Jerusalem and was a past member of Daughters of the American Revolution.
Ellen Jean was the bond that held the family together, and will be greatly missed by all her family and friends.
Friends may call Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson, with an Eastern Star service at 7 p.m.
The funeral will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home, with the Rev. Phillip Roop officiating. Interment will follow in Russell Heights Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society or Cape Girardeau County Genealogical Society.
Sympathy messages may be sent to the family online at www.mccombsfuneralhome.com.