Longtime Magnolia resident, Elizabeth Margaret Adams, died peacefully on May 6, 2020 at a wonderful adult family home in Lynnwood. She was 99 years young and lived independently in her own Magnolia apartment until last summer. A well loved member of the Magnolia Community for over 60 years, Elizabeth was vibrant and young at heart.
With her loving warmth, caring smiles and welcome hugs, she was the quintessential grandma to her 10 grandchildren, along with all their friends and everyone who knew her. She couldn’t understand why people were amazed when they learned her age. They were further amazed when she told them she worked as a full time, licensed assistant in her daughter’s home daycare until the age of 91. She was well known as “Grandma Adams” to countless children who thrived in her care at “Pam’s Daycare” for 18 years.
Elizabeth was the treasured mother of, and survived by, her four children Carol (Mark) Anderson, Pamela (Charles) Forbes, Donald Adams Jr., and Sarah (Jack) Sutermeister; adored grandmother of Bryce, Corbin, Charlie, Kristin, Kelly, Donnie, Trevor, Haley, Ben and Lissa, as well as 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death in 1997 by her beloved husband of 54 years, Donald Newton Holloway Adams.
Elizabeth was born in Sooke, British Columbia on December 5, 1920 and shared many stories about the early years of sleeping on hay, using chamber pots and seeing the wild horses come running through the town. Her family eventually moved to Seattle where she attended Brighten Elementary and graduated from Franklin High School in 1940. She attended the University of Washington, studying child psychology and dietician training, when she met and married Donald N.H. Adams. Donald was an English born lad, and there began a British fairy tale marriage that was a true romance until his passing.
Elizabeth’s parents came from Scotland and she was always proud of that heritage, sharing it with all of her children and grandchildren. With those strong Scottish traditions and frugalness, she still insisted on doing all the garden chores, cleaning, and repairs, even after moving into the large family home on Magnolia Boulevard. She was a wonderful cook and her Scottish mince and mashed potatoes (ground beef, gravy and carrots over mashed potatoes) was always a favorite with her children. Many cold mornings started off with old fashioned oatmeal cereal because it would stick to their ribs she would tell her children. Sunday mornings the whole family went to the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Magnolia and she was proud of the fact that her four children had perfect attendance. The family grew up close, all settling into homes and raising their children in Magnolia.
Elizabeth will be remembered as a loving, giving, wise, fun, well read, animal lover and talented gardener who had a strong faith in the Lord. A private family service is planned, and remembrances may be made to the ASPCA or Church of the Ascension.