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September 10, 2013

Omond "Omy" Adams, 84


Hampton Falls — Former Hampton Falls, N.H., resident Omond "Omy" Adams, 84, passed away on September, 3, 2013, surrounded by family members.

Mrs. Adams was born September 20, 1928, in Glen Ellyn, Ill., to Merlin and Zola Childs, and grew up Glenbard, Ill. Upon graduating from Glenbard High School, she was off to college at Iowa Wesleyan College, where she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority. After college, Omy moved on to her professional career working in downtown Chicago at the Mercantile Building for Anchor Hocking and advertising agencies.

She met her husband, Richard E. Adams, on a blind date, and they were married in the First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn on October 15, 1956. They began their life together crisscrossing several states following Richard’s career with the Fruehauf Trailer Corporation. They lived in Illinois and Kentucky, where their first two children were born, before moving to California and completing their family with two additional children.

Becoming a full-time mom, she and Dick embraced the small rural community of Walnut, Calif., gaining lifelong friends. Omy quickly involved herself with the community by joining the local PTA and bridge clubs, serving as president of both. While in California, and living at the Currier Ranch, many a party was held on the back brick patio or the formal living room.

Richard and Omond moved back to New England in 1970, where Richard had grown up and where his parents and other family lived, finally settling in Newburyport, Mass. Omond reentered the work force, working for the Gould Shawmut Co. After retiring, she stayed in the Newburyport home for a time and then moved to Hampton Falls, N.H., with her daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Keith Sicard.

She truly enjoyed and participated in the social activities of her children, their friends and her grandchildren’s activities, and was always available to discuss local and world politics (a favorite pastime of hers), adding keen insights of information, or to lend an ear to someone who just wanted to chat. Omy spent some time traveling to the Midwest, Canada and the British Isles. Being an avid Patriots fan, she never missed a game and was lucky enough to attend one! One of her favorite activities was sitting with family sipping chilled Chardonnay on the back deck.

She lived her life with honesty and integrity (and no swearing), and really was a consummate lady. She was an absolutely wonderful wife, mom, grandmother, and friend to all who were lucky enough to have met her and spent some time with her, she is surely missed.

She is survived by her daughter, Wendy Adams and fiancé, Mike Dutka of New Durham, N.H.; son, John Q. Adams III and wife, Cynthia, of West Newbury, Mass.; daughter, Jennifer Baumbick and husband, Dan, of Atwater, Ohio, and daughter, Ann Sicard and husband, Keith, of Hampton Falls; along with grandchildren, Gregory Peck, Daniel Baumbick, Ashley Adams, Brittany Adams, Peter Baumbick, John Adams, Cameron Sicard, Samantha Sicard, and Rebecca Baumbick. She is also survived by her sister, Elizabeth Childs; and her brother, Dean Childs.

Mrs. Adams is predeceased by her husband, Richard E. Adams, and sister, Jane Childs.

ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 14, at 11 a.m., at the First Congregational Church of Boxford, with all invited to graveside services immediately following at the Boxford Village Town Cemetery.

To offer condolences, please visit www.contefuneralhomes.com.