Obituary for Maudene Savage Adams
On Dec. 30, 2015 Maudene "Deanie" Adams passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family and friends. Born May 13, 1932, in Salt Lake City, Utah, she was 83. Recently entering hospice care Deanie proclaimed to her family and caregivers that she was ready to move on to the next phase of life. She said she was old, had a good life and was not afraid to die.
Deanie always has had faith in the eternal nature of the family. She married her childhood sweetheart, Kendall Adams, on Nov. 28, 1949, and was sealed to him in the Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints the following year. "Deanie Kid" received her nickname from her then youthful boyfriend and now beloved husband of 66 years.
Kendall and Deanie were globetrotters and passed on that genetic predisposition to their two children, raising them all over the planet. Based mostly from Fairbanks, they served as Latter-Day Saint "Mormon" missionaries more than 11 times throughout their lives together, and in more than four countries, six states, two island nations, two continents and three hemispheres.
Education, extended family and permanent friendships were important to this strong spiritual woman. "Aunt Deanie" went back to school in the 1980s at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She enjoyed attending the same campus at the same time as her son. She graduated in theater, then with a master's degree in counseling. Her mission in life was counseling. Degree timeline aside, Deanie has counseled most of her life, giving freely of her time to the spiritually downhearted, troubled and spiritually destitute.
Survived also by her son, Daniel Adams, and daughter Kristi Wilson, Deanie has three living siblings, Lyla Black, Bonnie VanderHoek and Becki Young. She also has 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death was her brother, Radley Fay Savage; sister Diana Maw, father Leland Savage, mother Maud Savage, brother George Savage, son-in-law Howard Wilson, and grandson Joseph Wilson.
Beyond family, two notable adventures of many, for Deanie in this life, were the production of a Fairbanks play, "Saturday's Warrior," during 1977; and serving with her eternal companion among the good people and "rascals" of Papua New Guinea during the eruption of the Tavurvur volcano (New Britain Island) near Rabaul in 1994.
Deanie loved to write, type and print stories for posterity. Taking faithful journal notes over the years, many of her stories are compiled in several spiral bound booklets complete with photos, which she has shared with many family and friends. She encourages us all to record and share our family stories.
The viewing will be from 1-2 p.m. Jan. 9, at the LDS chapel, 1500 Cowles St., in Fairbanks, and the funeral service will start afterward at 2:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers for the funeral, or donations to any particular cause, Deanie would just want you to pay your tithes and offerings to God, who undoubted has just welcomed home a most faithful daughter.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Jan. 4, 2016
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1932–2019 (m. 1949)
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