Louise Barnes Adams, 96, a resident at Mountain Lake in Lake Wales for over 30 years, formerly of Connecticut, passed away peacefully on July 13, 2014. She was an inspiration to many on how to live life to the fullest with a positive attitude and a smile for everyone. She was full of fun and fun to be with and usually the last to leave a party.
Born in Bristol, Conn., Oct. 29, 1917, she was the eldest daughter of Myrtle Aurelia Ives and Fuller Forbes Barnes. Voted most popular student, she graduated from Bristol High School, Walnut Hill School in Natick, Mass., and Webber College in Babson Park, Fla., where she started the golf team. After college, she worked for the Bristol Bank & Trust and the Wallace Barnes Company until her marriage to Paul W. Adams. She was a devoted wife, and a wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, mentor and friend.
An avid golfer, she was an active member of the New England Women’s Golf Association, the U.S. Senior Women’s Golf Association and served as president of the Conn. Women’s Golf Association. For 28 years, she was an enthusiastic and active board member of the Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales. She also served many more years on the boards of Avon Old Farms School and the Barnes Foundation in Conn., and Walnut Hill School in Natick, Mass. During her life, she served as a volunteer in many organizations: Bristol Motor Corps during WWII, Civil Defense Corps, Girl Scouts as a leader, Bristol Girl’s Club, Junior League, American Red Cross, American Heart Association, and the Clifford Beers Clinic in Connecticut.
Her passions were golf, nature, and travel. She was a competitive golfer all her life and Connecticut State Champion many times. She took the opportunity to play courses all over the world — in Scotland, Canada, Malaysia, even in India, Nepal and Afghanistan.
Louise loved being outdoors in nature, and was often found at the Bok Tower Gardens at dawn visiting the Window-by-the-Pond. She was instrumental in starting and supporting the nature center at Indian Rock Nature Preserve in Bristol, Conn. (now part of Environmental Learning Centers of Conn.). Indian Rock had been her parents’ summer home.
Louise was always up for an adventure. Her travels took her all over the world — photographing birds and animals in Costa Rica, safaris in Kenya, Tanzania, and Borneo, trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal. She enjoyed sailing with her husband, Paul, family and friends. Many summers were spent sailing in the Scandinavian archipelago as well as along the Atlantic coast. She was the only one in the family who was never seasick.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Paul Winfrey Adams, her brother, Edward F. Barnes, her sister, Aurelia B. Bristow, her brother, Carlyle (Hap) F. Barnes and her son, Edward M. Adams. She is survived by her daughter, Sally A. O’Connor and her husband, Terrence, of East Hartland, Conn.; her son, Thomas F. Adams and his wife, Julie, of Evergreen, Colo.; a daughter-in-law, Leonora (Lorie) Adams, of Johns Island, S.C.; eight grandchildren: Patricia O. Hamon, Timothy O’Connor and his wife, Jennifer; Wendy Adams, Heather Adams, E. Thomas Adams and his wife, Laurel; Stacy Villalaz and her husband, Michael; Tina Mitchell and her husband, David; Chad Turner; and five great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, cousins, a goddaughter and close friends from all over the world. She has been an inspiration and will be missed by all.
The family wishes to especially thank Kathy Saccone who went above and beyond in assisting Louise and family in many capacities for 30 years and most recently for managing Louise’s health care with a wonderful team of caregivers. The family also wishes to thank all family and friends for being a wonderful part of Louise’s life.
A Memorial Service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 16 N. 3rd St., Lake Wales on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at 11 a.m. A reception will follow in Fellowship Hall. For attire: wear something colorful.
A Celebration of Louise’s Life will be held at Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales, on Nov. 5, 2014.
A Celebration of Louise’s Life will also be held at Indian Rock Nature Preserve, 501 Wolcott Road, Bristol, Conn., on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014.
At Louise’s request, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to:
• The Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales, FL 33853
• Environmental Learning Centers of CT (ELCCT), 501 Wolcott Road, Bristol, CT 06010.