Gretchen A. Adams

Posted: Friday, May 28, 2004

Lifelong Juneau resident Gretchen A. Adams, 63, died Sunday, May 23, 2004, at her home.

She was the middle of three daughters born to Arthur (Scotty) and Phyllis Adams, on Jan. 10, 1941. She graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 1959 and attended Secretarial College in Seattle in 1959 and 1960. She worked for the State of Alaska until her retirement in 1995. "Gert," as her family and friends knew her, was a dedicated and avid bowler throughout her life. She participated in tournaments at the state and national level. She was a member of the Emblem Club, an avid reader, loved to sing and dance and enjoyed playing cards with family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Phyllis Adams; and her sister, Jane (Adams) Burgess.

She is survived by her sister, Virginia Reed (Douglas Hanon); brother-in-law, James Burgess; nieces and nephews, Sue (John) Schoenmann, Keith (Sandy) Burgess, all of Juneau, Art (Annette) Reed of Anchorage, Sandi (Glenn) Harrison of Citrus Heights, Calif., Betsy (Bob) Fisher of Everett, Wash., Kathy (Gordon) Ford of Fife, Wash, Steve Reed of Tacoma, Wash.; 11 great-nieces and nephews; and one great-great-nephew.

A celebration of life will be held from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, June 5, at the Channel Bowl. All family and friends are invited to share in the remembrance of her life and to celebrate the life and moments she shared with everyone.

The family requests that donations be made to Cornerstone Home Health Care, 3200 Hospital Drive, Suite 100, Juneau, Alaska 99801. Its staff provided loving and timely care in her final months, her family said. Donations can also be made to the Capital City Women's Bowling Association (CCWBA) c/o 204 Behrends Avenue, Juneau, Alaska 99801. Donations to CCWBA are tax-free and will support the 2006 Alaska State Women's Bowling Tournament that will be held here in Juneau.

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