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Catherine J. Adams
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South Portland- Catherine J. Adams, 81, died unexpectedly, Saturday, May 6, 2017.

Catherine was born on May 9, 1935, in Portland, Maine, the daughter of the Leo and Muriel Bennett. She grew up in the Portland, Maine area. She attended local schools and graduated in 1953 from Cathedral High School.

Catherine married the love of her life, Laurence F. Adams Sr. on July 25, 1959, at St. John Evangelist Church after Laurence returned from military duty. Together they raised four children.

"The Adams Six" frequently went fishing, camping and took lots of Sunday drives together. They also loved sharing the outdoors with their grandchildren.

Catherine was a devoted mother by day and worked as a waitress at night. Later she worked as a Party

Coordinator for Unum’s upper management. She retired as a switchboard operator from Coastal Bank.

After retiring Catherine and Laurence moved to Exeter, Maine. They shared many wonderful years together before Laurence passed away in February 2008. Catherine moved to the Betsy Ross House in South Portland, Maine in 2011. Catherine quickly became known as “Queen of the Betsy Ross House”. Cathy’s vivacious personality captivated fellow house neighbors. Together there was never a dull moment, whether it be going out to local restaurant or staying back at her Betsy Ross Community. Cathy was an imaginative storyteller which made every moment with her memorable.

She was predeceased by her parents and by her husband of 49 years, Laurence Adams Sr.

Catherine is survived by three daughters, Vanessa Darling of Waterboro, Stephanie Adams of South Portland, Melissa Adams of Gorham; son, Laurence F. Adams Jr. of South Portland; sister, Virginia Stone of Portland; brother, Jack Bennett of South Portland; nine grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and many other cherished family members and dear friends.

Visiting hours will be held from 4:00-7:00PM on Wednesday, May 10, at the Conroy-Tully Walker South Portland Chapel, 1024 Broadway, South Portland. Prayers will be recited at the funeral home on Thursday, at 9:15AM, followed by a 10:00AM Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Cross Church, 124 Cottage, Road, South Portland. Burial will occur at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made in Catherine's memory to the Maine Cancer Foundation, 170 US Route 1, Suite 250, Falmouth, ME 04105.

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Visiting Hours




4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Conroy-Tully Walker Funeral Home - South Portland Chapel

1024 Broadway
South Portland, ME 04106

Mass of Christian Burial




10:00 AM
Holy Cross Church

124 Cottage Rd.
South Portland, ME 04106


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