Louise Adams
(1917 - 2014)

Louise Adams

October 29, 1917

July 13, 2014

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Louise Barnes Adams 1917 - 2014

Louise Barnes Adams, 96, a resident at Mountain Lake in Lake Wales, Florida for over 30 years, formerly of Connecticut, passed away peacefully on July 13, 2014. She was an inspiration to many on how to live life to the fullest with a positive attitude and a smile for everyone. She was full of fun and fun to be with and usually the last to leave a party.

Born in Bristol, Connecticut, October 29, 1917, she was the eldest daughter of the late Myrtle Aurelia Ives and Fuller Forbes Barnes. Voted most popular student, she graduated from Bristol High School, Walnut Hill School in Natick, Massachusetts and Webber College in Babson Park, Florida where she started the golf team. After college, she worked for the Bristol Bank & Trust and the Wallace Barnes Company until her marriage to Paul W. Adams. She was a devoted wife, and a wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, mentor and friend.

An avid golfer, she was an active member the New England Women’s Golf Association, the US Senior Women’s Golf Association and served as president of the CT Women’s Golf Association. For 28 years she was an enthusiastic and active board member of the Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, FL. She also served many more years on the boards of Avon Old Farms School and the Barnes Foundation in CT, and Walnut Hill School in Natick, MA. During her life, she served as a volunteer in many organizations: Bristol Motor Corps during WWII, Civil Defense Corps, Girl Scouts as a leader, Bristol Girl’s Club, Junior League, American Red Cross, American Heart Association, and the Clifford Beers Clinic in Connecticut.

Her passions were golf, nature, and travel. She was a competitive golfer all her life and
Connecticut State Champion many times. She took the opportunity to play courses all over the world - in Scotland, Canada, Malaysia, even in India, Nepal and Afghanistan.

Louise loved being outdoors in nature, and was often found at the Bok Tower Gardens at dawn visiting the Window-by-the-Pond. She was instrumental in starting and supporting the nature center at Indian Rock Nature Preserve in Bristol, CT (now part of Environmental Learning Centers of CT). Indian Rock had been her parents’ summer home.

Louise was always up for an adventure. Her travels took her all over the world - photographing birds and animals in Costa Rica, safaris in Kenya, Tanzania, & Borneo, trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal. She enjoyed sailing with her husband, Paul, family and friends. Many summers were spent sailing in the Scandinavian archipelago as well as along the Atlantic coast. She was the only one in the family who was never seasick.

She was predeceased by her husband of 63 years, Paul Winfrey Adams, her brother, Edward F. Barnes, her sister, Aurelia B. Bristow, her brother, Carlyle (Hap) F. Barnes and her son, Edward M. Adams. She is survived by her daughter, Sally A. O’Connor and her husband, Terrence, of East Hartland, CT; her son, Thomas F. Adams and his wife, Julie, of Evergreen, CO; a daughter-in-law, Leonora (Lorie) Adams, of Johns Island, SC; eight grandchildren: Patricia O. Hamon, Timothy O’Connor and his wife, Jennifer: Wendy Adams, Heather Adams, E. Thomas Adams and his wife, Laurel: Stacy Villalaz and her husband, Michael; Tina Mitchell and her husband, David; Chad Turner; and five great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, cousins, a goddaughter and close friends from all over the world. She has been an inspiration and will be missed by all.

The family wishes to especially thank Kathy Saccone who went above and beyond in assisting Louise and family in many capacities for 30 years and most recently for managing Louise’s health care with a wonderful team of caregivers. The family also wishes to thank all family and friends for being a wonderful part of Louise’s life.

A Memorial Service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 16 N. 3rd St., Lake Wales, FL 33853 on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 11am. A reception will follow in Fellowship Hall. For attire: wear something colorful.

A Celebration of Louise’s Life will be held at Indian Rock Nature Preserve, 501 Wolcott Road, Bristol, CT on Saturday, October 18, 2014.

A Celebration of Louise’s Life will be held at Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales, FL on November 5, 2014.

At Louise’s request, in lieu of flowers, donations would be greatly appreciated to either of the following non profit organizations with whom she was very much involved:

Environmental Learning Centers of CT (ELCCT), 501 Wolcott Road, Bristol, CT 06010

The Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales, FL 33853

Louise’s daughter, Sally O’Connor, may be reached at soc1492@aol.com,
860-653-9498, or by mail at PO Box 315, East Hartland, CT 06027-0315.

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Louise was fun to be with. Whatever the occasion, she was up for it. Her optimism and love of life were contagious. Whenever we traveled with her we were sure to have a good time.

Marjolein and Jeff Ross
Jeff and Marjolein Ross (Friends)
October 3rd, 2014
Louise was a wonderful woman and a friend. Hard to imagine anyone as positive and upbeat as she was. My world is a lesser place without her. George Trautman
George Trautman (Friend)
September 28th, 2014
The way Louise lived her life was an inspiration to us all. Positive and happy, always willing to make new friends and enjoy life, despite life’s many challenges, most especially the loss of loved ones, Louise continued to ‘aspire and persevere.’ She gave much time and love to family, friends, and institutions, including Avon Old Farms School, and she inspired faculty and administration. Tough and realistic, she did not shy from a roomful of male Directors. Always one to seize the moment, she will be remembered for her love of life, adventure, and for her loving spirit. Louise was a mentor and a friend to so many.
Sue and Peter Evans
Avon Old Farms School
Sue & Peter Evans (friends)
September 26th, 2014
We all miss you, Mom . What an inspiration you have been to us all
Sally OConnor
August 1st, 2014
This page was created in loving memory of Louise Barnes Adams. Please feel free to sign our guest book by clicking the "sign guest book" button below.
Jennifer O'Connor
July 17th, 2014
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