Ruth Mullis Adams (July 13, 1923-Aug. 4, 2019) died quietly in Rochester at the venerable age of 96. She leaves behind her three children, Dr. Andrea Adams (Dr. O. E. Millhouse) of Rochester, Dr. Robert Adams (Evie Diakakis Adams) of Ogden, Utah, and Marta Adams of Carson City, Nev.; as well as her grandsons, Carson Adams Thomas and Colter Adams Thomas.
A child during the Great Depression, Ruth (along with her three sisters) lost her father, Frank (Pat) Mullis, in 1929, when he died in an accident while working on the railroad. Ruth and her sisters (Gayle, Doris, and Joy) were raised by their widowed mother, Lily, in Grand Forks, N.D. Ruth and Gayle spent their high school years away from home with their Aunt Edna and Uncle Dick (Hendrickson) in Great Falls, Mont. In 1941, following high school graduation, Ruth returned to Grand Forks to attend the University of North Dakota.
After college, Ruth had a variety of jobs as a young social worker. She worked for the Red Cross in Washington D.C., and Hot Springs, Ark., where she assisted in providing rehabilitation for returning soldiers. In late 1949, Ruth took a job with the Welfare Department in Cheyenne, Wyo. It was there that she met her husband-to-be, "Friendly" Bob Adams, on temporary assignment for his Denver-based employer. Bob recalled his "love at first sight," and Ruth, undoubtedly, remembered it differently.
Ruth and Bob were married on the Bride and Groom Show in Los Angeles in March 1950. Within the next six years, Ruth and Bob became the parents of Marta, Bobby and Andi. A study in contrasts, Ruth and Bob agreed on very little. What they did agree on was their dedication to their children and the importance of education for all children. Ruth and Bob enjoyed a 54-year marriage until his death in 2004.
Ruth will be remembered by her loved ones for her honesty, integrity, eye for beauty and devotion to her family. She enjoyed music, art, history (especially British), travel, dogs, crossword puzzles, interminable Scrabble games and playing the slots. Although a reliable homebody, Ruth was also a career woman, starting out as a social worker and later becoming a teacher. Ruth taught kindergarten for 22 years at Buffalo Ridge Elementary School in Cheyenne.
Ruth was our beloved mother and grandmother. Losing her has left us heartbroken, but determined to live our lives fully in her example, with grace, humility and gratitude. May she rest in peace.
The family will have a private celebration.