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Elizabeth A. Adams

August 4, 1917 ~ May 9, 2017 (age 99)
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Fultonham- Elizabeth "Betty Boop" Adams, 99, of Fultonham and Delmar passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 surrounded by members of her loving family. Betty was born in Syracuse, NY on August 4, 1917 to Charles H. Sanford and Bessie S. Blyth.

Betty attended Bethlehem Central High School where she met the love of her life, Robert E. Adams. They married on April 22, 1939, the same day her parents were married, making it very special. They lived in Delmar and ran Adams Hardware Store until retiring in 1980, moving to Fultonham and enjoying a relaxed life.  

Betty was quite the talented gal, having a great love of dancing, acting, music and bowling. Her love of music came from her mother, with an innate talent of being able to hear a song and play it note for note. Later in life, she became Fultonham Union Church's organist and pianist, playing at each Sunday service. She loved to put an extra twist into music, making it all her own and would play for hours, with a giggle and grin on her face. One of her absolute favorite songs was "5 Foot 2, Eyes of Blue" which was always a big hit with anyone who heard it.  Her love of dancing and music played beautifully into later life with her acting in the Middleburgh Golden Age Club’s Vintage Vaudeville shows and the annual Silver Fox Follies. She would practice for hours and hours, and looked forward to making everyone laugh.

Betty’s love of bowling started very young and continued into her mid-80's, often being on several bowling leagues at the same time. She had quite the right hook and was affectionately called "the Happy Hooker" due to her accuracy in hitting strike after strike.

Her love for her family and church however came first and foremost. She loved to do picnics in the glade at the back of their property, being well known for having the best potato salad around. Betty was known far and wide for her generosity, true Christian spirit, love of life, and her beautiful smile.  When you met Betty, you immediately felt as you'd known her forever, one of her many wonderful talents that will be so greatly missed.

Betty is survived by her daughter: Carolyn Van Wie, her son: Glenn (Patricia) Adams; 6 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild and many extended family members and friends.

A Memorial service will be held at 10AM on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at the Fultonham Union Church with Rev. Carol Coltrain officiating.  Family and friends are all invited to celebrate Betty’s life and legacy of love.

Memorial contributions in Betty's memory may be sent to the Fultonham Union Church, c/o Carl Rhinehart, PO Box 98, Fultonham, NY 12071

Coltrain Funeral Home, LLC of Middleburgh is honored to assist with Betty’s arrangements locally.


 Service Information

Memorial Service
June 28, 2017

10:00 AM
Fultonham Union Church
State Route 30
Fultonham, NY 12071

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