Raymond and Rosa May Adams

couple were married 55 years

July 07, 2002|By Linda Linley | Linda Linley,SUN STAFF

Raymond Adams, a retired environmental services employee at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and his wife of 55 years, Rosa May Adams, a retired counselor for the old Baltimore Urban Services Agency, died last week within 24 hours of each other. Mr. Adams was 75 and Mrs. Adams was 73.

Mr. Adams died June 30 of a stroke at the Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center & Hospital after a long illness. Mrs. Adams died Monday of an apparent heart attack at Sinai Hospital.

A native of Baltimore, Mr. Adams was one of nine children and was raised in the northwest area of the city, where he attended public schools. He most recently lived in the Pimlico area with his daughter, Stephanie Long, before moving into Levindale in April. His daughter said he was the last of the siblings.

He worked for 31 years for the Johns Hopkins Hospital before retiring and spent his later years watching old movies and westerns on television, his daughter said.

Mr. Adams was a veteran of World War II, where he served in the Army. When he was discharged as a private first class in 1947, he returned to Baltimore.

That's when he married Rosa May Jackson, a native of Richmond, Va., who was raised by her grandparents in Baltimore. Mrs. Adams was one of 17 children and was brought as a young child to live with her grandparents when she became ill.

Mrs. Adams also attended city schools and later worked for the Urban Services Agency as a tenant counselor. She retired from the agency after 29 years.

She lived in the Pimlico area a few blocks from her daughter.

"My mother loved game shows and the cooking shows on television, especially Emeril Lagasse," said Mrs. Long. "Not a day went by that she didn't watch Emeril." Mrs. Long said her mother, was also an avid reader.

Mrs. Adams was a member of the Cornerstone Church of Christ in the 4200 block of Park Heights Ave. for more than 30 years.

A service for Mr. and Mrs. Adams is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church in Pimlico. Burial will be at Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery.

In addition to their daughter, they are survived by four other daughters, Della Allen, Paula Hull-Johnson, Joyce Grimstead and Marlene Adams, all of Baltimore; two sons, Wayne and Dorsey Adams, both of Baltimore; 18 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Adams also is survived by another daughter, Alicia Commander, of Baltimore; three sisters, Shirley Turner, Pearl Hines and Marie Carter, all of Richmond, and three brothers, James White, Tyrone White and Harry White, all of Richmond.

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