Lola Frances Hamrick Adams, 96, devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, of Westminster, MD died on January 3, 2023, at Lorien Taneytown Assisted Living.
Born in Clay, West Virginia in 1926, she was the daughter of the late Lucy Florence (Moore) and Patrick Aulton Hamrick, and was predeceased by her loving husband of 71 years, James Donald “Don” Adams, Sr.
Lola was the middle of 10 children raised in Clay and on farms in the surrounding countryside. She graduated from Clay High School in 1944 and moved to Washington, D.C. to serve in the US Signal Corps, Department of the Army during WWII. Following the war, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Home Economics from West Virginia University. After teaching high school, Lola and family moved to Maryland, where she taught lower grades and kindergarten for St. Mary’s County Public Schools, earning her Master’s equivalency in Early Education. Her creativity, patience, and instinctive teaching style made her successful with children of all skill levels.
Known for her generosity, Lola was a gifted seamstress, quilter, and needleworker. Through the years, family and friends were lucky to be gifted with handmade clothing or one of the dozens of her quilts or nativity sets. She was a voracious reader, often finishing a book a day, and was a devoted subscriber to the Clay County Free Press which she read every week. She enjoyed completing daily crossword, Sudoku, and word search puzzles, and thanks to the devoted staff, developed a love for Bingo during her time at Lorien.
Lola was the memory keeper for her generation. From her immediate family to distant relatives, she knew everyone’s birthday, anniversary, and everything in between. She was a fount of information and could keep visitors entertained for hours with her stories. She also had a terrific sense of humor and will be fondly remembered for her jokes and endearing sayings.
Lola is survived by her children, daughters, Martha Bubert (Howard) and Frances Cincotta (Peter) of Westminster, MD; son, James Donald, Jr. of St. Leonard, MD; brother, Arthur Kent Hamrick of Fairfield, PA; sister-in-law, Janet Adams Cox of Sophia, WV; and grandchildren, Mitchell, Brittany, and J.D. Adams, Ted, Patrick (Lisa), and Daniel (Christin) Bubert, and Austin (Stephanie) and Lucy Cincotta; numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family. She is predeceased by son, Noah Patrick Adams; and grandson, Christopher Michael Adams; and brothers, Denville L. Moore, James M. Sr., Patrick A. Jr., and Homer Lee Hamrick; sisters, Jessie E. Tomaszewski, and Emma R., Emily D., and Ella M. Hamrick.
Private interment at Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery, Owings Mills, MD.
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