Ann Cook Adams
Ann Cook Adams
  • July 3, 1925 - May 9, 2017
  • Columbia, South Carolina

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COLUMBIA - Ann Cook “Boo” Adams was born on July 3, 1925 as the daughter of Frank and Sarah Lee Cook in Elizabeth City, N.C., and was granted eternal peace on May 9, 2017. The story of “the dash” reminds us that the true measure of a life well lived involves what happens between birth and death. The vital statistics are simple: graduated from Columbus High School; completed one year of college; married and had two children, Frank, 1944, and Betsy, 1951. Her husband died in a tragic accident leaving her as a widow at 30 and mother of a 3–year-old and a 10-year-old with polio. That was when she began relying on her faith to sustain her. In 1956 she married Jack Adams, Vice President of Operations for Callaway Gardens. The young family moved to Callaway Gardens to live a joyful life with Ann ensuring that her children had every advantage possible. After the her husband’s death in 1978, Ann began to commute between Columbus, Ga. and Columbia, S.C. in order to be closer to her daughter, Betsy Dyches and her granddaughter Katie Barthel. As Katie’s family began to grow, Ann decided to move permanently to Columbia, where she lived for 28 years. During that time she was involved with her family providing wisdom, fun, love, comfort, meals, babysitting, and pure joy! She loved her condominium at Middleborough; her church, First Baptist of Columbia; her Bible Survey Sunday School Class; and her Wednesday morning Bible study: Women to Women. Those are the facts. Here are the parts of her life “between the dash.”

Although the “C” for Ann’s middle name stood for “Cook,” it could have represented for any number of words that would describe her perfectly. Compassionate and caring: Ann had an innate desire to serve those less fortunate than herself. She always went out of her way to include the lonely, to smile and engage the shy, and to provide for the less fortunate. In her “Umbrella Ministry,” she would buy umbrellas from the Dollar Tree and would ride around public transportation routes on rainy days passing out umbrellas to those who had been caught unexpectedly in the rain.

Other “C’s” that describe Ann Adams are committed and charitable: in 2003 she founded the Ann Adams Discretionary Fund for the Children and Family Health Clinic of the USC School of Nursing. For over 14 years, she was the underwriter of the fund designed to provide resources for families who could not afford services and supplies needed for children. She won the 2004 Friend of the College of Nursing Award, and she was presented an additional plaque this year honoring her many years of service. “When Ann Adams walks into our clinic, she is like a ray of sunshine. Her sweet, kind, giving, and humble nature has been an inspiration to all of us at CFHC and to those who have benefited from her generosity.”

If you knew her, you know that she was definitely described as chic and charismatic. She was always dressed to the nines from the top of her perfectly styled hair to the bottoms of her 3-in. heels. Her signature accessory was a silk Gerbera daisy, color coordinated with the ensemble. A friend said, “Miss Ann never met a dangling earring she didn’t love!”

Finally, Ann, aka Boo, was child-centered. She adored her children, her granddaughter, and her great-grandchildren (her babies). When Boo arrived there was a stampede of little feet rushing to give her a hug and then to dig in her purse to see what secret goodies were hiding there! Her pure joy inspired four generations to cherish family and each other.

The life of Ann Adams serves as a model of the epitome of joyful Christian living.

Surviving to cherish her memory are her daughter, Betsy Dyches (fiancé, Greg); granddaughter, Katie Dyches Barthel, (Aaron); great-grandchildren Avery, 7; Haynes, 4; and Bowen 2; and most special friend Bucky Bruce. She was predeceased by her husband, Jack Carlton Adams; son, Frank Cook Adams; and son-in-law Danny Dyches.

Services to celebrate Ann Adams’ life will be on Friday, May 12, 2017 at First Baptist Church of Columbia with visitation in the Pastor’s Parlor at 10:30 and the memorial service at 11:30 in Boyce Chapel. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Ann Adams Discretionary Fund, USC College of Nursing, University of South Carolina, 29208.

The family expresses deepest gratitude to Dr. Daniel Love, and his clinical nurse Ellen; Palmetto Health Hospice nurse Shely Allen; and caretakers Cheryl, DaJa, Leidasha, Kay, and Augustine –all for their compassionate care of our precious Boo.

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