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Betty entered into this world October 27, 1935 in Little Rock Arkansas. She later moved to Rockford, IL where she met and married Robert E. Adams on August 10, 1951; a marriage that would span just shy of 65 years.
Over the years they lived in various places including, TX, MO, IL and IA. But she found home in November of 1977 when on a family trip to MO, Bob pulled into a drive with a huge pine tree next to the house outside of Kellerton, IA. She asked who’s house is this and he said yours if you want it. “The Farm” was to become home for the next 40 years. Betty helped with the farm, went trucking with Bob and worked as a home health aide, a cook at the Kellerton School and a Nurse’s Aide at Mount Ayr Care Center until her retirement.
Betty brought light into the lives of all that knew her and will be sorely missed by all. Her yard full of flowers, holiday decorations and variety of pets and animals were a source of joy for many. She always had a smile and kind word for all and her door was always open with food on the table for anyone who entered.
Betty leaves behind her five children: daughter, Kathy, and her husband, Dan McLain – Mount Ayr, IA; daughter, Barb, and her husband, Walt Collis – Kellerton, IA; son, Robert Adams Jr., and wife, Linda – Council Bluffs, IA ; son, John Adams – Kellerton, IA; daughter, Hope, and husband, Dan Jackson – Kellerton, IA; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren: Bob El-Halhuli and wife, Dalania; son, Tyler Star – Seattle, WA; Shama Hughes; children, Sami and Johnny – Portland, OR, Scott Adams and wife, Randi; children, Lilly and Madison – Council Bluffs, IA; Brandy and husband, Tracy Anderson; children, Alexa, Allison and Tegan – Mount Ayr, IA; Jennifer and husband, Tim Creveling; children, EmmaLeigh and Easton – Ellston, IA; Darrell Adams of Council Bluffs, IA ; daughter, Makhia Bonczyk: Kari Collis McQueen; children, Oakley and Abbigale – Kellerton,IA; sisters, Evelyn,Wanda; brother, James, and many more extended family and friends.
Preceding her in death are her husband, Robert; an infant son, Gary Eugene; her parents, John Giger and Madie Reeves; sisters, Genieva and Ruby.
A Memorial Service and Celebration of Betty’s life will be held for family and close friends on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at The Lighthouse Christian Center located West of Mount Ayr, IA. Pastor Darin Dolecheck will be presiding. A memorial will be established in her name.


  1. Bob Weiss on December 26, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    John and Adams family
    Sorry to hear about Betty. Our prayers are with you at this time. Bob and Joyce

  2. Linda Miller on December 27, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    My Aunt Betty was good to me and had Love in her heart for everyone. Myself and My Mother, Evelyn Miller, her sister, will miss you very much. Rest In Peace. God Speed.

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