|Birth: ||Oct. 10, 1890|
Del Norte County
|Death: ||Jan. 5, 1988|
Funeral services for Katherine B. Coburn Adams, a longtime resident of Anaheim and a descendant of the Coburn family that helped colonize the United States, will be Monday in Anaheim.
Mrs. Adams was a descendant of Josiah Bartlett, governor of New Hampshire and one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
She died Tuesday at the age of 97.
She was one of the last survivors of the Coburn family, early settlers in New England in the 1600s.
She was a direct descendant of Edward Colburn, who owned land in what is now eastern Massachusetts, and Cpl. Edward Coburn, a soldier in the local Military Company of Chelmsford during King Philip's War from 1675 to 1677. The ground he fought on is now part of New Hampshire.
Born in Crescent City in 1890, Mrs. Adams worked in Northern California for a short time before settling in Anaheim in 1921.
She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1908 and then worked with her father, Lewis Ferrin Coburn, an assistant attorney general and a Municipal Court judge.
After working as a legal assistant for more than eight years, Mrs. Adams moved to Anaheim, where she worked at the U.S. Naval Training Station in Los Alamitos during World War II.
After the war, she worked as a dietitian's assistant at hospitals in Orange County until 1965, when she retired.
Mrs. Adams was thought of as a "take-charge type of person," said her son, Robert F. Adams of Fullerton.
"She was very strong-willed and very independent. But in fewer words, she was a boss who liked to tell you what she wanted, when and how she wanted it done," he said. "But then her whole family was like that. They took command of the situation, whatever it was.
"Those who knew her, understood her and loved her."
Mrs. Adams was a member of the Eastern Star.
In addition to her son, she is survived by a daughter, Josephine L. Adams of Anaheim; a grandson, Richard E. Adams of Orange; a granddaughter, Annette N. Raatz of La Habra; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 3 p.m., Monday at Melrose-Abbey Cemetery, 2303 S. Manchester Ave., Anaheim.
Visiting hours will be from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday at McAulay and Wallace Mortuary, 902 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton.
Source: Orange County Register, The (Santa Ana, CA), 9 Jan. 1988
Lewis Ferrin Coburn (1854 - 1937)
Ella C. Anthony Coburn (1861 - 1937)
Eli Joseph Adams (1876 - 1938)
Josephine LewElle Adams (1918 - 2003)*
Robert Ferrin Adams (1920 - 1996)*
Katherine Beatrice Coburn Adams (1890 - 1988)
Herbert A. Coburn (1892 - 1965)*
Melrose Abbey Memorial Park
Created by: cyndyls
Record added: Mar 06, 2010
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