Elizabeth Anne ‘Betty’ Adams, world traveler who visited six continents

Elizabeth Anne 'Betty' Adams
Elizabeth Anne ‘Betty’ Adams

Elizabeth Anne “Betty” Adams, of Virginia Beach, passed away Monday, Sept. 23, 2019. She was an incredible wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend.

Betty graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from St. Joseph College for women during a time when few women even attended college. She was happily married to Edwin J. Adams for 37 years until she lost him to illness. She raised four amazing children and spent an abundant amount of time with her grandchildren at her beach house in Kitty Hawk. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she was the daughter of the late Justine Roediger Kiernan and William H. Kiernan. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Kevin Kiernan.

Betty was fiercely independent. She was an avid traveler, visiting six of the seven continents. She was a member of a local bridge group that consisted of fabulous female friends, who were also her annual birthday vacation pals. She made lifelong friends, many of whom visited her faithfully the past couple of years. Betty was also an accomplished golfer and a former member of the Ocean View Women’s Golf Association. She was a member of and attended Holy Trinity and Blessed Sacrament Catholic Churches for many years, including walking to church weekly even after she became legally blind. She was a devout Catholic and supported the church for years.
Betty was loved by all, and she is already greatly missed by both family and friends. She had a life well lived, which will be celebrated this weekend. In the spirit of celebration, we request individuals wear bright colors, as Betty did not care for dark colors.

Left to cherish her memory are her two daughters, Kathleen Adams of Dothan, Alabama, and Barbara Hall (David) of Charlotte, North Carolina; two sons, Thomas Adams (Pamela) of Virginia Beach and Kevin Adams (Lisa) of South Riding; brother, William Kiernan (Jeanne) of Westchester, New York; and 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

The family would like to thank all the caregivers at the Gardens of Virginia Beach who were so kind and helpful to Betty.

A memorial Mass will be conducted at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church with Father Eric J. Ayers officiating. The family will receive friends for visitation from 9 to 10 a.m. prior to services at the church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Cancer Society.

Share online condolences with the family at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts.

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